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The Russian Reporters Who Helped Topple the USSR

Remembering a brief, shining, twenty-year-old moment

Twenty years ago, on the evening of August 19, 1991, some of the most brazen and important acts of modern-day... More

Schmidle in Secret

New Yorker keeps mum on fact-checking process for bin Laden piece

Amid the discussion and debate about the sourcing and accuracy of Nicholas Schmidle’s lengthy retelling of the Bin Laden raid... More

Building Haiti’s Post-Quake Media

Postcard from Port au Prince

While I was reporting in Haiti last year, over the course of a few months, the Port-au-Prince guesthouse where I... More

Still Seeing Stars after Thirty Years

A venerable afternoon paper is gone, but not forgotten

Given the handwringing about the fate of newspapers (and the federal government) today, it is worth a moment’s reflection on... More

Hanging by the Telephone

A NYTimes account is mum on Strauss-Kahn accuser’s phone call

On Monday, The New York Times had an exclusive for its subscribers: an e-mail promising, as its title read, “The... More

From Breaking News to Baseless Speculation

Why journalists jumped to conclusions about the Norway attacks

Why do journalists and news organizations exhibit such a lack of restraint when it comes to breaking news like last... More

What Rupert Wrote

Insight from a pre-scandal letter to News Corp. stockholders

The Rupert Murdoch who appeared before the British Parliament was nothing like the Rupert Murdoch of reputation. But even that... More

Apparently, Global News Orgs Don’t Commit Online Errors

Is that why so many of them lack coherent corrections policies?

Far too many modern news organizations do not have public corrections policies or prominent corrections pages, something that has been... More

Tracing the Hacking Scandal’s Medieval Roots

The (mis-) education of the British Empire’s Boy Reporters

Mr. Hinton joined Mr. Murdoch’s first paper, The News, in Adelaide, at age 15.... The New York Times, July 16,... More

Around the World in Two and a Half Weeks

A roundup of CJR’s coverage since #hackgate imploded

July 22 What The Guardian Can Learn from Watergate CoverageOn the importance of making the “right” mistakes By Craig... More

What The Guardian Can Learn from Watergate Coverage

On the importance of making the “right” mistakes

Up until The New York Times Magazine published a lengthy piece last September that broke new ground in the News... More

Why Journalism Helps Foster Global Innovation

Well-funded, diverse journalism increases innovative thinking

Recent scholarship on innovation suggests that good ideas are often hatched when people are exposed to many different disciplines and... More

The Newspaper that Said “No” to Murdoch

Thirty years ago, the Buffalo Courier-Express took a stand

On September 17, 1982, the newspaper guild of the Buffalo Courier-Express voted to do something no other media outlet in... More

NOTW and the FCPA

Experts and pundits weigh in on a US prosecution of News Corp.

Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder announced a formal investigation into allegations that News Corp. has violated the Foreign Corrupt... More

The Case for the Corrections Page

Why news organizations should follow the Times’s example

A website redesign is a major event for a news organization. Reuters recently unveiled a new website, and it occasioned... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

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

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