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Behind the News

Israel’s Chilling New Law

The U.S. should stand for free speech no matter who’s violating it

“We could get in trouble for this,” begins a July 13 editorial titled “We Can’t Say This” from from The... More

George W. and the Texas Press

Is the honeymoon over?

George W. Bush says he doesn't read newspapers. He does, however, apparently read Texas Monthly magazine. In fact, the president... More

Introducing the Grantland Corrections Desk

Deadspin picks up Bill Simmons’s slack

“Without looking it up, I can tell you the night the Toronto Blue Jays won their first World Series —... More

This Is How the World ends…

A cynical and fitting sacrifice for the News of The World

Finally it died as it has lived: in an explosion of moral piety designed to disguise actions that, in truth,... More

And on the Fender Bass, President Abraham Lincoln!

A humorous correction earns AAA World some praise

It wasn’t too long after the July/August issue of the mid-Atlantic edition of AAA World magazine reached subscribers that Mike... More

Kling’s Warning

Q&A with outgoing Minnesota Public Radio CEO Bill Kling

In 1967, in exchange for free grad-school tuition, Bill Kling agreed to help Minnesota’s St. John’s University start a radio... More

Confidence In TV News and Newspapers (Slightly) Up

What’s Weiner got to do with it?

Some heartening news for those in the newspaper and TV News industries. Gallup’s annual poll of the public’s confidence... More

Misquotes That Refuse to Die

Things that David Plouffe, Captain Kirk, and others didn’t say

Back in 2009, Barack Obama’s presidential campaign manager, David Plouffe, said some rather kind words about Utah governor Jon Huntsman,... More

Q&A with FCC Report Head Writer Steve Waldman, Part Two

“Rather than doing it ‘once more with feeling,’ let’s try something new.”

Two weeks ago, the FCC released its long-awaited, 365-page report, “The Information Needs of Communities.” The report’s chief writer, Steve... More

Q&A with FCC Report Head Writer Steve Waldman, Part One

“We actually have to pay attention to this and if we don’t, there are going to be severe consequences.”

Two weeks ago, the FCC released its long-awaited, 365-page report, “The Information Needs of Communities.” The report’s chief writer,... More

The Backfire Effect

More on the press’s inability to debunk bad information

Which of these headlines strikes you as the most persuasive: “I am not a Muslim, Obama says.” “I am a... More

Gawker’s Rebound

It's been more than six months since sales chief Chris Batty left Gawker Media as Nick Denton decided he was... More

More Reactions to FCC Report

Critics split on whether government should do more or less

The FCC released its staff report, “Information Needs of Communities,” last Thursday and industry and advocacy groups were quick to... More

Writing The War On Drugs

Why do so few American papers report on the trade in their backyard?

What if American law enforcement agents arrested more than six hundred drug dealing suspects in more than twenty cities across... More

No Room for Discussion at FCC Report Panel

Waldman re-presents his report at Columbia J-School

Columbia University’s J-School and the FCC hosted a panel today to coincide with yesterday’s release of the Commission’s “Information Needs... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

Bloggingheads

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

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