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Behind the News

Postcard from Chitrakoot

In a remote part of India, female reporters crusade for rural journalism

On a scorching afternoon in Chitrakoot, a woman named Tabassum walks into a small, sticky government hospital and sits poised... More

Iraq’s Missing Iraqis

A good book’s great flaw

David Finkel’s book The Good Soldiers, about the experiences of a US Army battalion during the surge in Iraq, is... More

SEJ Accused of Protecting Gore

Filmmaker’s criticism is self-serving and wrong, however

An independent filmmaker accused the Society of Environmental Journalists of “protecting” Al Gore on Friday after the filmmaker’s mic was... More

The New Great American Pastime

It’s fact checking

Fact checking, along with its kissing cousin “calling bullshit,” is becoming one of the great American pastimes of the Internet... More

The Most Misreported Country

And the winner is…

Which country is most routinely miscovered in the U.S. press? There are clearly many candidates, but for me one stands... More

A Weighty Subject

Alex Jones and the iron core of news

Alex Jones, director of the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government,... More

Demonstrations at CEO Mansions? Ho Hum

Can the media cover a movement that plays nice?

No one packed heat, no one screamed at a member of Congress, no one called anybody a Nazi, no fistfights... More

Code Talking

A new way to float corrections down the river of news

I’m a man of modest dreams. I’d like to see the Montreal Canadiens win another Stanley Cup as soon as... More

Eyes Wide Shut on Iran

Familiar sources sing a tired song

Listening to the CBS Evening News on Friday, I was roused from the slumber that program so often induces by... More

Reality Bites

More promotional ideas for The Washington Post

The Washington Post yesterday announced its "America's Next Great Pundit" contest, in which ten amateur columnists will compete for a... More

America’s Next Great Pundit: A Close Reading

The Washington Post Pundit Contest: A Close Reading [I NEED SOME KIND OF BRIEF INTRO HERE…] America’s Next Great Pundit... More

The Prophet Motive

Glenn Beck in an age of anxiety

Here is one rule I’ve discovered as a consumer of media-celebrity coverage: if you know what a celebrity's tongue looks... More

Hed Injuries

Sometimes it’s copy editors who have the last gaffe

I don’t write the headlines. It’s a line every print journalist will say at least once during his or her... More

Katie and Diane: The Wrong Questions

Why can’t the print press treat TV news as news?

Michael Massing’s voice has long been part of the Columbia Journalism Review in print. He is a columnist, a former... More

Michael Massing Online Archive

A complete archive of Michael Massing’s columns for CJR.org

Michael Massing’s voice has long been part of the Columbia Journalism Review. He is a columnist, a former executive editor,... 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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