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Comments of the Week

December 7-11, 2009

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

Don’t Need to Wait, Get the Record Straight

WaPo’s Public Enemy correction brings the noise on Twitter

Call it the correction that launched a thousand tweets. Over the years, many errors and corrections have spidered their way... More

Q & A: Editor & Publisher’s Greg Mitchell

E&P’s editor-in-chief on the magazine’s sudden demise

The media industry received an unpleasant bit of news on Thursday: the magazine Editor & Publisher, which has covered the... More

Is Politico Really ‘New Media’?

Just because it’s online doesn’t mean it’s not old-fashioned

The official announcement today that Politico co-founder Jim VandeHei has been elected to the Pulitzer Prize Board went out of... More

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

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

Bloggingheads

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

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