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Comments of the Week

November 30 - December 4, 2009

Every Friday, we excerpt some of the most insightful, articulate, interesting, and entertaining comments we receive each week. Think we’ve... More

Archival Research

New study finds there’s no clear standard for updating or maintaining online news archives

Of all the requests she’s received to erase information contained in online articles, Kathy English, the public editor of the... More

Bringing It All Back Home

The Washington Post closes its last remaining national bureaus

Beltway politicians and bureaucrats love to generalize about “the American people”—who they are, what they want, how they feel about... More

The Obama Doctrine?

How helpful are last night’s Obama/Bush comparisons? Not very.

In the flurry of reactions to Obama’s Afghanistan speech, we’re seeing a lot pieces like this: “Echoes of Bush in... More

The FTC to the Rescue!

The Federal Trade Commission is holding a meeting today and tomorrow on the future of journalism. (No need to re-check... More

AOL’s Assembly Line

Journalism is finally widgetized

AOL’s new high-tech method of mass-producing news and other online content raises some interesting questions. The new approach, which will... More

Q&A: Bob Dietz

CPJ’s Asia program coordinator on the killings in the Philippines

A brutal episode in the Philippines has put violence against journalists in headlines across the world. According to press reports,... More

Comments of the Week

November 16-20, 2009

Every Friday, we excerpt some of the most insightful, articulate, interesting, and entertaining comments we receive each week. Think we’ve... More

Sorry, Wrong Number

It’s not OK for journalists to be bad at math

Every year, Scott Maier, an associate professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, asks his students to raise their... More

Heroes and Villains and Literary Geniuses

Literary critic and CJR's Ideas + Reviews editor, James Marcus, sat down last night for a discussion with author David... More

Everybody’s On Edge

Atlantic, Economist arrive at strikingly similar cover designs

I think half the news sites I read have lately been running a highly irritating ad for The Economist, which... More

Disappearing Act

The East Valley Tribune counts down its final days

A couple of weeks ago, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Ryan Gabrielson learned that his former employer, the East Valley Tribune... More

Comments of the Week

November 9-13, 2009

Starting today and every Friday, we will be excerpting some of the most insightful, articulate, interesting, and entertaining comments we... More

The Mail

Reviewing recent issues of Written By, the Washington City Paper, and Liberty

People send us their newspapers and magazines. Sometimes, we review them. Written By, October/November 2009 Reading Written By, a bimonthly... More

The “T Word”

A conversation with Dave Miller of the Killeen Daily Herald

After Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan’s deadly rampage that killed thirteen people and wounded another thirty at Fort Hood in Texas... More

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


Is the rising Democratic majority doomed?

“My belief … is that conservatism as we know it is doomed”

FCC, in a shift, backs fast lanes for Web traffic

The proposal comes three months after a federal appeals court struck down, for the second time, agency rules intended to guarantee a free and open Internet

Big food

Michael Pollan thinks Wall Street has way too much influence over what we eat

Why Felix Salmon is joining Fusion

“The core of what I do at Fusion will be post-text”

The greatest threat to women

Louis CK is nonplussed at how ladies do it

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