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Behind the News

Common Knowledge

Communal news in a fragmented world

The supermarket shelves have been rearranged. It happened one day without warning. There is agitation and panic in the aisles,... More

Something to Talk About

The Internet as a communications tool

The irony is that in all its various guises—commerce, research, and surfing—the Web is already so much a part of... More

Michael Kinsley vs. Factual Accuracy

WaPo columnist slams the Times’s “schoolmarmish” corrections column

In an op-ed published in today's Washington Post criticizing The New York Times's published corrections, columnist Michael Kinsley officially went... More

Spoiling the Broth

When recipes get it wrong

Around this time last year, celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson was tucking into a big piece of humble pie. Worrall... More

Throwing Spitz Balls at The Post

Congratulations to the New York Post. They’ve managed to pull three four days worth of cover stories out of a... More

Local Flavor

Philadelphia newspapers launch “keep it local” campaign

The owners of The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News hope that local newspapers won’t be going out of... More

Dominick Dunne, Done

Celebrity journalism matters, sometimes

Quite possibly the person most bothered by the death of Edward M. Kennedy last week was celebrity crime writer and... More

Mob Mentality

The Times’s mafia-and-the-stimulus angle? Whacked.

The New York Times had an interesting story on the stimulus earlier this week. Specifically, on the stimulus and—wait for... More

Lost in Translation

When the ‘schlong’ word is the wrong word

It was a perfect silly season story, an article tailor made for the dog days of August. Tuesday morning broke... More

Q & A: Charles Sennott

GlobalPost’s founder talks about his site’s recent multimedia Afghanistan package

GlobalPost co-founder Charles Sennott recently spoke to CJR about his news outlet’s recent partnering with MediaStorm for their multimedia story... More

Stenography Machines

Attention, Mr. Perlstein: there’s nothing new about ‘he said/she said’

In a much-discussed Washington Post essay last week--“In America, Crazy is a Preexisting Condition”--the liberal historian Rick Perlstein argued that... More

“Yo Soy un Ejemplo Vivo”

A persecuted Mexican reporter fights for asylum in the U.S.

Emilio Gutiérrez Soto was processed like many others who cross the U.S./Mexico border seeking refuge. He was brought under the... More

Please, Don’t Retweet This

Afghanistan’s election shows us the weakness (and strength) of Twitter

On Thursday, August 20, Afghanistan had its second-ever presidential election. It’s a big deal for several reasons, not least of... More

Saluting The Sun

The British tabloid offers the world’s most amusing corrections

Very few newspapers or other media outlets provide me with better material for my errors and corrections Web site than... More

Remembering Don Hewitt

The 60 Minutes creator invented TV news as we know it

“Tell me a story, kid.” --Don Hewitt I was Don Hewitt’s disciple from afar for twenty-five years. Let’s face it,... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Tour guide wars at a Paris cemetery (WSJ)

“Because dead men tell no tales, visitors to Père Lachaise cemetery lend their ears to Bertrand Beyern”

Bloggingheads

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

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