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Behind the News

Pinning Down the “Jackass” Tale

A tweeted slip reveals a complicated arrangement

To be sure, the quote at hand does not address the world’s most pressing issue. But earlier this week, when... More

Seeds of Discontent

What does the ACORN story mean for the mainstream media?

James O’Keefe, the pimp-playing provocateur who set out to target ACORN with a video camera, a cheesy costume, and a... More

“A Big Chance to Win Back the Public’s Faith”

MediaBugs’s Scott Rosenberg on error-correction in the digital age

Earlier this summer, Scott Rosenberg, co-founder of Salon.com and author of the new book Say Everything, received word that he... More

Rock Bottom

Get stoked: the MSM are acting less childish about pot

The strain of “reefer madness” that's been infecting American newsrooms since at least 1911 appears to be abating amid some... More

Tea for Two…Million?

FreedomWorks, Twitter, and the evolution of an error

On Saturday, a collection of citizens of the Republic, armed with handmade signs, Gadsden flags, and pent-up frustration, descended on... More

Q & A: Financial Times CEO John Ridding

How the Financial Times not only kept its readers, but even got them to pay

While newspapers fight to stay afloat, the Financial Times is doing just fine. In fact, the paper has almost doubled... More

Michael Kinsley, Correctionaholic

Don’t believe a word of Kinsley’s recent WaPo column

Don’t believe a word of Michael Kinsley’s recent column for the Washington Post. The man would have you assume that... More

Barack Obama, Media Critic

On Obama’s remarks at the Cronkite memorial service

Maybe, if this whole presidency thing doesn’t work out, Barack Obama can land a Nieman fellowship. As you’ve probably heard,... More

Mr. Wilson Goes to Washington

Dear news networks: ignore Joe Wilson. Please.

The most memorable aspect of President Obama's health care address to Congress tonight was not its rhetoric, or its resonance,... More

Press Forward: Dialogues on the Future of News

A new series from CJR

Somewhere along the way, we began talking about the future of news in terms of salvation. What will save us?... More

Common Knowledge

Communal news in a fragmented world

The supermarket shelves have been rearranged. It happened one day without warning. There is agitation and panic in the aisles,... More

Something to Talk About

The Internet as a communications tool

The irony is that in all its various guises—commerce, research, and surfing—the Web is already so much a part of... More

Michael Kinsley vs. Factual Accuracy

WaPo columnist slams the Times’s “schoolmarmish” corrections column

In an op-ed published in today's Washington Post criticizing The New York Times's published corrections, columnist Michael Kinsley officially went... More

Spoiling the Broth

When recipes get it wrong

Around this time last year, celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson was tucking into a big piece of humble pie. Worrall... More

Throwing Spitz Balls at The Post

Congratulations to the New York Post. They’ve managed to pull three four days worth of cover stories out of a... 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


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”

Lessons from factchecking, and the limits of journalism (Feministing)

“Fact-checking taught me a lot, and here’s one thing I learned: One of the main purposes of fact-checking is to correct journalism’s bias toward a ‘good story’ above all else”

Bloggingheads

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

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