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Behind the News

Comments of the Week

January 11-15, 2010

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

Standard of Living

Guillaume Chenevière wants to standardize our approach to quality control

The news executive patiently listened to Guillaume Chenevière’s points, and then explained that, the way he saw it, he had... More

Haiti, on Background

A Haiti expert gives context to the current tragedy

I have been to Haiti at least yearly for the past two decades, and have spent months working at the... More

The Undercovered Country

Haiti as journalists have known it

Just when cable’s mournful drumbeat led us to think we were of one mind on the tragedy of the Haitian... More

BBC Trust to Review Science Coverage

Outlet’s “accuracy and impartiality” to be scrutinized following criticism

The BBC Trust—the governing body of the BBC—announced last week that it will review the accuracy and impartiality of the... More

The Haitian Times Heads to Haiti

Brooklyn-based paper ramps up its coverage of the quake

Last night, as he raced down the Van Wyck Expressway toward Kennedy Airport, en route to Haiti with a team... More

Haiti’s Recent History

Was Haiti making gains before the quake hit?

The popular image of Haiti can be summed up pretty succinctly: impoverished, unstable, dangerous. Against that familiar backdrop, Tuesday’s devastating... More

Early Earthquake Coverage Roundup

News outlets cover the Haitian earthquake without actually being in Haiti

Tuesday’s earthquake in Haiti poses a vexing question for journalists and readers everywhere: If a disaster happens in an under-reported... More

Comments of the Week

January 4-8, 2010

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

Mission: Quality Control

If you’re going to upend the old editorial process, you need to create a new one

At this time last year, I made a few wishes for corrections and accuracy-related developments in 2009. For the most... More

Pyramid Schemes

Newspapers should feel free to go long

We are, as a culture, growing ever more informal with each other. Traditional social hierarchies are compressing, and one effect... More

Is Shorter Really Better?

Why all those quotes in newspaper stories are a good thing

Michael Kinsley gets in some good shots against easy targets in his new Atlantic piece arguing that newspaper articles are... More

Head Cases

An expanded version of CJR’s Jan/Feb 2010 interview with NYT reporter Alan Schwarz

In 2007 The New York Times hired Alan Schwarz largely on the basis of his initial freelance reporting for the... More

Best of 2009: Trudy Lieberman

Lieberman picks her top stories from 2009

1. The "Baucus Watch" series: Sixteen posts that describe the machinations, in-fighting, and political pressure on the Senate Finance Committee... More

Best of 2009: Alexandra Fenwick

Fenwick picks her top stories from 2009

My two-part interview in November with the former New York Times Shanghai bureau chief, Howard French, on misguided press coverage... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Bloggingheads

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

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