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Braking News

End breaking-news alerts delivered through e-mail? Not so fast

Traditional news got beat yesterday. First, the professional celebrity-stalkers over at TMZ broke the news--a full hour before any other... More

Three Strikes and You’re Fired

When the punishment for factual inaccuracy doesn’t fit the crime

Matt McCann wasn’t supposed to spend his summer working for St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick. For the second... More

The Great American Tweet-Off

Howard Kurtz, media critic, vs. Roland Hedley, “Doonesbury” character

Can you tell the real reporter from the fictional character, based only on the messages they send on Twitter? The... More

Experimental Tweets

Is Twitter enhancing the relationship between science journalists and their readers, or coming between them?

While Twitter’s role in the coverage of the election in Iran has been heavily publicized, the social platform has also... More

140, One Million

Notes from the 140 Characters Conference: if “journalism is a battle,” what’s the fighting about?

Robert Scoble, the man with the quickest laugh in the room, any room, strode up on stage, triumphant. He grinned... More

What’s Wrong with This Picture?

When the man you think is Kim Jong Il’s son isn’t

South Korean construction worker Bae Seok-bum is used to being teased about his uncanny resemblance to North Korean dictator Kim... More

#DailyShowFail?

Stewart’s send-up of CNN: surprisingly unfair

Here's something you might have missed in all the talk about Iran's "Twitter Revolution": it's totally mockable! Indeed. During his... More

Remember Moldova

Let’s hold off on pronouncements about the latest “Twitter Revolution”

"However things turn out in Iran, this will probably be forever known as the Twitter Revolution," Kevin Drum noted yesterday.... More

Brother’s Keeper

Spanish-language Philly paper gets libelous, Anglo media don’t notice

Personal rivalries have spiraled into defamation at a Spanish-language newspaper in Philadelphia. In April, Al Día, the area’s largest-circulation Latino... More

World of Paine

Remembering Thomas Paine, America’s original muckraker

Two hundred years ago this week, the radical journalist and pamphleteer Thomas Paine died an ignominious death. But during his... More

Retweet the Error

Corrections migrate to new media platforms

In exploring the emerging universe of Twitter, the service’s users have created hashtags and retweets, and have helped popularize URL... More

The “U” in “Community”

A new study of Chicago’s journalism scene takes a top-down approach to news value

"The reinvention of the news gathering industry is being engineered—at least in part—in Chicago," the Chicago Sun-Times declared in April.... More

Off the Map

Daily newspapers are constant sources of geographical errors

This week, a high school in Liverpool, England caused a stir by announcing it would no longer offer separate classes... More

Colombian Journalists Track Guerrilla War on Contravía

CJR presents an ongoing video series about the work of investigative reporters

ABOUT THE SERIES Welcome to The Investigators, an ongoing web-video series produced by the Center for Investigative Reporting highlighting incisive... More

More on the Fat Beat

How could is the enemy of fact

In April, I complained about Newsweek’s assertion that the recession was making us fat. The problem with the piece was... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Journalists subpoenaed in ‘pink-slime’ suit - BPI wants emails from NYT’s Michael Moss, public-health lawyer Michele Simon, and others

Bloomberg struggles to break out of the box - Justin Smith’s ambitious digital transformation hits some bumps

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Embedded with the Koch brothers - Hometown reporters get rare access to the media-shy oilmen, with mixed results


James Fallows on David Frum’s asserted, then retracted, charge the NYT ran fake photos of Gaza

“For all their blind spots and flaws, reporters on the scene are trying to see, so they can tell, and the photographic and video reporters take greater risks than all the rest, since they must be closer to the action. For people on the other side of the world to casually assert that they’re just making things up—this could and would drive them crazy.”

The 60-second interview: Marty Baron (Capital New York)

CAPITAL: I just noticed that the most-read story right now on your website is an aggregated piece about a Russian lizard sex station in space. BARON: [Laughs] Is that right?

Your iPhone can now make free encrypted calls (Wired)

The beginning of the end of burner phones?

The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

Bloggingheads

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

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