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Golden Girl

Newsroom stars get more leeway than they deserve

It has been three weeks since The New York Times published Alessandra Stanley’s now-infamous “appraisal” of Walter Cronkite. The eight... More

Gawker’s Link Etiquette (or Lack Thereof)

Original stories deserve credit, yes, but also traffic

Jim Brady, former Washpost.com editor, summed up a lot in less than 140 characters on Twitter yesterday. Responding to the... More

Dude, Where’s My Link?

Ian Shapira, fair use, and “The Death of Journalism (Gawker Edition)”

Ian Shapira's essay in yesterday's Washington Post does what good journalism is meant to do: it puts a human face... More

Lessons Learned from “Wafergate”

When bad editing happens to good reporters

People are calling it Wafergate, which makes it sound silly. But underlying this story is a major mistake by a... More

I Heard It While in Grapevine

Stories abound at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference

It was 3:24 a.m. in room 617 at the Hilton in Grapevine, Texas, the sort of cushy, two-pooled joint that... More

We Just Don’t Know: An Interview with Jonathan Glick

There may be a future for the news business, but it’s going to be unrecognizable

In the early 1990s, Jonathan Glick, a programmer and news enthusiast, approached The New York Times about taking the paper... More

Wrong, Wrong, Wrong, Wrong, Wrong, Wrong

Alessandra Stanley’s troubling history of error

Alessandra Stanley has fallen back into old habits. This week, the New York Times television critic was responsible for a... More

The Magazinist

Close reading the July 2009 issue of Reason

Every now and then, CJR’s Magazinist delivers an opinionated look at the journals of opinion. Discovering Japan The cover story... More

The Last of the Newsmen

Walter Cronkite and the way it was

TV news anchors, and any other journalists who aspire to be trusted in the way that Walter Cronkite was trusted,... More

Walter Cronkite, the Last Newsman

Remembering the Way It Was

TV news anchors, and any other journalists who aspire to be trusted in the way that Walter Cronkite was trusted... More

Reuters Opens its Kimono

Wire service makes reporting handbook freely available online

Dean Wright recently printed out a copy of the Reuters Handbook of Journalism—all 500-plus pages of it. Yesterday he used... More

The Chicago Tribune, the Cubs, and Me

TribCo is selling the Chicago Cubs. Steve Daley was there when they bought in

The week I went to work as a sports columnist for the Chicago Tribune in 1981 was the week the... More

Test Mike

Test subhed

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. More

A Kind of Victory

Remembering the war in El Salvador and what it cost journalism

Early one morning in El Salvador’s provincial capital of San Francisco Gotera this past March, the crack of a gunshot—or... More

The Copy Editing Equation

Fewer copy editors + fewer reporters + more work = trouble

As far as arithmetic goes, it’s a pretty simple equation. “Fewer Copy Editors, More Errors,” declared the headline over the... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

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

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