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Reader Reforms

Plagiarizing magazine turns a new page

In October, I wrote about the most ridiculous (and egregious) case of editorial malpractice I’d ever seen. Reader Magazine, of... More

Winter Reading Club

What are some books that journalists should read this winter?

Every year around this time, we ask our readers to recommend some books that journalists might enjoy reading during the... More

The Truth about Public Untruths

Are journalists and others equipped to beat back the lies?

What’s to be done with lying liars and the lies they tell journalists and the public? This is a topic... More

James Boylan on Founding CJR: A CJR Podcast

On the occasion of our fiftieth anniversary, we invited James Boylan, who founded CJR in 1961 when he was thirty-three... More

New York Tries to Defend Journalist Arrests

Flack’s pushback ignores the biggest issue

The Observer’s Megan McCarthy has already covered this matter, but we’d just like to add that this is a really... More

How Do Journos Find Time to Fight Corrections?

Instead of arguing over factual errors, fix them and move on

On November 8, I received a call in my office from a frustrated online editor at The Bangor Daily News,... More

Does a New York Times-mimicking web ad violate policy?

The paper says No. Your eyes may disagree.

The New York Times has a policy forbidding advertising that closely appropriates the paper’s design elements. From the paper’s advertising... More

Occupy Protests Present a New Terrain of Risk for Reporters

Journalists physically removed from Occupy Wall Street raid

On the night of November 14, when the NYPD sprung a surprise raid to evict Occupy Wall Street’s foundational Zuccotti... More

The Voice of the People

Citizen journalists to the rescue?

Like many communities in the United States, Modesto has seen its traditional news media diminish. The daily newspaper, The Modesto... More

The Romenesko Saga

Some questions for Poynter about recent changes on its fabled site

Yesterday, Poynter’s Julie Moos published a controversial post on the journalism institute’s Romenesko+ blog, which she credited to my “sharp... More

Some Thoughts on the Romenesko Affair

Examining the critical consensus

I have no other option than to start this column about Jim Romenesko with a litany of disclosures. Deep breath,... More

Jim Romenesko Leaves Poynter

And the blogosphere cries foul

The most frustrating thing about the Jim Romenesko affair is the way that so many people who should know better... More

The Kochs and Keystone XL

InsideClimate fails to make its case about brothers’ interest in the pipeline—but it should keep trying

Koch Industries, a giant oil and energy conglomerate, has InsideClimate News, a four-year-old online news startup, in its crosshairs. In... More

Safety Tips for Covering Occupy Wall Street

And civil disorder in general

At least half a dozen journalists have been injured or detained while covering the growing unrest in the United States.... More

Speech in Israel Is Not Free

There’s more to democracy than just holding regular elections

Both Israeli and US policymakers are fond of calling Israel and the United States likeminded democracies. “America has no better... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

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

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