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Behind the News

The Myth of Tiananmen

And the price of a passive press

Mathews is an education reporter for The Washington Post. He was the paper's first Beijing bureau chief and returned in... More

Toxic Twins

When words are similar in spelling but very different in meaning

Utter the phrase “toxic twins” and most people immediately think of Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith. (Just ask... More

Context M.I.A.

M.I.A. may not get her story straight—but neither does Lynn Hirschberg

This week’s New York Times Magazine left lots of readers thinking that controversial recording artist M.I.A. doesn’t always know what... More

Polygraphs and Private Eyes

Inside the National Enquirer’s elaborate fact-checking process

Prior to returning my call, Barry Levine was on the phone with one of his reporters, discussing a source they... More

Sidelined Speech in Saudi Arabia

Prominent Saudi editor resigns, supposedly

CAIRO—Jamal Khashoggi, editor-in-chief of the Saudi newspaper Al-Watan and longtime irritant of crotchety Saudi clerics, resigned his post May 16,... More

Facts and Fiction

A small literary magazine lists all of its mistakes—ever

Taddle Creek is a small literary magazine with big accuracy ambitions. Back in 2007, the twice-a-year Canadian publication with a... More

Q & A: CJR Cover Artist Tomer Hanuka

We talk with the illustrator behind the May/June ‘10 cover image

Developing a cover illustration can be a simultaneously maddening and infinitely satisfying experience. You must divine the central idea of... More

Everyone’s the Wine Expert

Wine critics and bloggers, professional and amateur, are mixed up in a social media web

In late 2003, just as wine blogging was starting up on the Internet, Eric Arnold, currently the editorial director of... More

Correction as Weapon: Self-Inflicted Wounds

Was this week’s most profane correction targeted at a news site, or its subject?

Can you tell what’s going on in this 2001 correction/apology published by the Ottawa Citizen? The Ottawa Citizen and Southam... More

Editor’s Notebook: Journalism Criticism in German

How Germany approaches the media beat

This is the first in a series of occasional columns by CJR’s editor, Mike Hoyt. In late April, two of... More

The Huffington Post Turns Five

CJR reporters reflect on The Huffington Post’s first five years

On Sunday, May 9th, The Huffington Post celebrated five years in business. Below, five CJR reporters reflect on various aspects... More

Why My Brother Likes The Huffington Post

I confess: The Huffington Post brings out the Andy Rooney in me. The site obviously supports some good journalism, it’s... More

Stop Blaming The Huffington Post

When I think about The Huffington Post, I’m troubled. But when I think harder, I reconsider what, exactly, makes me... More

Huffington Post and the Art of the Headline

Everyone’s heard The Huffington Post described as the Drudge Report of the left, but someone once told me that they... More

The HuffPost’s Business Reporting Shows the Site Maturing

Let's get it out of the way up top that I think The Huffington Post is a mess—a schizophrenic, mostly... 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


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

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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