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Behind the News

NewsBeast Notes

Wherein two media brands merge, and the Internet says hmmm

The Tweets: @TheTinaBeast We’re getting hitched! Daily Beast, Newsweek To Wed http://thebea.st/dCdnfB @Newsweek It's official, we're merging with @TheDailyBeast http://bit.ly/9PGYz7... More

The State of Online Corrections

News sites lag far behind print and broadcast outlets

In July, the media error reporting serviceMediaBugs released a survey that revealed twenty-one out of twenty-eight Bay Area news websites... More

Launch Pad: Portland, Oregon

Two news entrepeneurs explain why they struck out on their own

CJR’s “Launch Pad” feature invites new media publishers to blog about their experiences on the news frontier. All of Michael... More

Q&A: Former Detroit News Reporter Charlie LeDuff

“The point is if there’s something calamitous, let’s point it out.”

Charlie LeDuff left The Detroit News last month after a two-year stint in which he reported stories, wrote a regular... More

Olbermann Isn’t Alone

Countdown host Keith Olbermann has just been indefinitely suspended for donating money to three Democratic campaigns, and thereby violating MSNBC... More

Star Trek Insurrection

Commenters force news site to admit “Patrick Stewart is a handsome man”

“We're sorry for claiming Captain Kirk was in command of Captain Picard's starship,” reads the headline on a rather remarkable... More

Olbermann Suspends “Worst Person” Segment

What other segments, programs, or people should be cut from cable news?

After accusing Jon Stewart of jumping the shark on Twitter over the weekend, Keith Olbermann last night gave in to... More

Leading Questions

How some journalism terms were born

The Associated Press recently said it would stop using some wire-service jargon as instructions on its stories. Among them were... More

Q&A: UFO Journalist Leslie Kean

Is the truth out there?

Leslie Kean has written an unusual book on an unusual subject: Unidentified flying objects. But this Halloween weekend, Kean would... More

CMJ: Curmudgeons of Music Journalism

A panel of rock critics talk about negativity in music reviewing

Once a year, CMJ (College Music Journal) puts on a weeklong “Music Marathon” in NYC. It’s sort of an urban... More

Don’t Forget the Facts About NPR Funding

Federal funding accounts for less than readers may realize

Juan William’s abrupt firing from NPR and hiring by Fox News seems to have kicked up an old debate over... More

Waiting for Substance

A high-profile documentary shortchanges the education debate

I sobbed alongside my graduate students as we watched the ending of Waiting for Superman, the heat-seeking documentary that has... More

The Future of Journalism?

How a computer program generates a sports story

This fall, the Big Ten and the Southeastern Conference offered college football fans more original content than ever, posting preview... More

A Fact Check Box on Every Page

The Register Citizen continues its digital transformation

The Register Citizen is an 8,000-circulation paper serving Litchfield County, Conn. It’s owned by the Journal Register Company, which is... More

Launch Pad: Remapping Debate

Why we’re taking in some articles from major outlets for “story repair”

CJR’s “Launch Pad” feature invites new media publishers to blog about their experiences on the news frontier. Craig Gurian’s previous... 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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