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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

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

The worst journalism of 2014 - A recap of the year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

Why the media don’t get Detroit—and why it matters - Coverage of declining cities is too often simplistic and lacking historical context

21st-century censorship - Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media

Jesse Brown punctures Canada’s media bubble - The independent journalist uses his website and podcast to break stories that might otherwise go unpublished


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

Bloggingheads

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

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Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.