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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

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

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

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