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Behind the News

The Dangers of Disaster Reporting

A job that’s fraught with professional and emotional pitfalls

By now, members of the national press have descended on Fort Hood, Texas to tell the story of the worst... More

Truth or Consequences

“We need more journalists who will bleed over their mistakes”

Henry Allen should not have punched Washington Post colleague Manuel Roig-Franzia in the face in the newsroom last week. That’s... More

Fort Hood: A First Test for Twitter Lists

In the aftermath of violence, lists suggest the benefits of collaboration

Journalism and curation—it’s becoming increasingly difficult to determine where the one ends and the other begins. The chicken/egg relationship between... More

Contra Iran

Looking back at media coverage of the Iranian Hostage Crisis, thirty years later

Thirty years ago today, Iranian students invaded the United States embassy in Tehran and captured seventy-one American diplomats, keeping fifty-three... More

Learning from Our Mistakes

Journalists must embrace their errors in order to avoid them in the future

They were guaranteed to fail. Participants in a psychological study were asked trivia questions and told to offer their best... More

FCC Taps Waldman to Study “State of the Media”

Beliefnet founder to make policy recommendations to ensure “a vibrant media landscape”

Steven Waldman, veteran journalist and co-founder of Beliefnet, has been tapped by the FCC to lead an agency-wide initiative designed... More

“Not Here This Year”

Despite numerous setbacks, National Conference of Editorial Writers goes on

The sixty-third annual convention of editorial writers could hardly have met at a worse time. Only a few days earlier,... More

Man About Town

Meet Kery Murakami, founder of the Seattle PostGlobe

Kery Murakami, reluctant news entrepreneur, is the founder of the Seattle PostGlobe, a nonprofit Web startup that provides reported news... More

Speed Demons

Press-conference pranksters reopen the “speed vs. accuracy” debate

The scene that unfolded in the John Peter Zenger Room at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. earlier this... More

Howard Kurtz, Missing in Action

Fox vs. the White House: Where’s Howie?

Howard Kurtz scored a coup on his CNN show “Reliable Sources” two Sundays ago when White House communications director Anita... More

‘Salon’ Saga Continues at the Post

If you’ve been enjoying a weekend-induced news hiatus, you’ve missed some strange developments in the Washington Post “salon” story. Here’s... More

Balloon Boy Takes Flight

Some magazine covers that will soon be among us

So the bizarre, twist-and-turn-laden balloon "flight" of six-year-old Falcon Heene yesterday Captivated The Nation…by which we mean, of course, that... More

Meet the Tilburg Checkers

Dutch journalism students help keep local media in check

If all goes as planned, sometime today a journalism student in Tilburg, Netherlands will walk into the offices of de... More

The AP: Intimations of Politico

The news cooperative declares its new focus on news that gets used

Every other year, The Associated Press holds a summit to analyze pressing issues facing the company—culminating in an executive strategy... More

Postcard from Chitrakoot

In a remote part of India, female reporters crusade for rural journalism

On a scorching afternoon in Chitrakoot, a woman named Tabassum walks into a small, sticky government hospital and sits poised... 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


The truth about Google X

A look behind the secretive lab’s closed doors

How to shop online

Sister-websites Wirecutter and Sweethome will give you just one recommendation per product, for everything from WiFi routers to nail clippers

The future of Facebook may not say ‘Facebook’

The future of the social network is apps—lots and lots of apps

Bitcoin creator ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ unmasked-again?

A linguistics analysis suggests that Nick Szabo, a well known name in cryptography circles, is the mysterious father of the digital currency

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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