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Interview with Clay Shirky, Part II

“Newspapers have discovered civic function awfully late to be taken seriously”

Clay Shirky teaches at the Interactive Telecommunications program at New York University and is the author, most recently, of Here... More

Interview with Clay Shirky, Part I

“There’s always a new Luddism whenever there’s change.”

Clay Shirky teaches at the Interactive Telecommunications program at New York University and is the author, most recently, of Here... More

Maggie Jackson on the Erosion of Attention

The author of Distracted talks about information overload

Journalist Maggie Jackson is the author of 2008's Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age. She recently... More

Kluge: Gary Marcus on Attention and the Brain

The cognitive psychologist talks to CJR about how the brain works

Gary Marcus is a professor of psychology at New York University, where he studies developmental cognitive neuroscience. In his latest... More

David Shenk on Data Smog

The journalist and author talks to CJR about information overload

Journalist David Shenk has been writing about the topic of information overload for over a decade. In his 1997 book... More

How Attention Networks Work: Transcript

Cognitive psychologist Michael Posner on the neurological bases for attention

Cognitive neuroscientist Michael Posner is an internationally recognized expert on attentional networks and cognition. CJR contributor Russ Juskalian recently... More

Larry King: Curing Cancer with Consciousness

When coverage of science goes from ignorant to dangerous

In the late 1970s, after putting a homemade pyramid on her head, Judy Zebra Knight (neé Judith Darlene Hampton) says... More

China: Just Sweeping People Under The Bed?

Clutter=bad analogy

The most recent edition of Play, The New York Times's quarterly sports magazine, had an interesting essay by freelance writer... More

Book Review: Microcosm

Carl Zimmer uses E. coli as telescope on life

In February 1982, physicians in Medford, Oregon encountered an unknown pathogen that waged a sort of intelligent biochemical warfare against... More

Launch: Yale Environment 360

Roger Cohn endeavors to make ends meet online

Two seemingly disparate things dominate the chatter coming from the journalism world these days: coverage of the environment, and the... More

Flogging a “Dead” Climate Bill

Why the press must cover Lieberman-Warner as if it had legs

Washington, vis-à-vis the Bush Administration, has shirked its responsibility to take on global warming for years, so the Climate Security... More

The Mysterious Epigenetics

Reporters need to guide readers through the fog

When the Human Genome Project (HPG) was hot news in the press five to ten years ago, there was a... More

The Early Life of the Gas-Tax Story

Reporters let bloggers and columnists do the work

The possible suspension of the federal gas tax has become a big issue in the presidential race, and the latest... More

The True Color of “Green-Collar” Jobs

Press wrestles with definition and economic reality

When John Edwards bowed out of the Democratic primary in January, the presidential race lost its most vocal supporter of... More

Gore Wants You!

The anatomy and coverage of his “We” PR blitz

Last Sunday, in a mostly unremarkable 60 Minutes piece hosted by Lesley Stahl, former vice president Al Gore and the... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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