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Behind the News

Salons Under Scrutiny

Examining the ethics of sponsored, off-the-record events

“The newsletter’s mailing list is used to draw subscribers to closed-door ‘seminars’ in Washington twice a year at which top... More

How CJR Breaks Bread

Full disclosure on a private event

Since the Columbia Journalism Review is trying today (in a piece posted here) to sort through distinctions about what is... More

Burger Meister

Meet Kevin Pang, cheeseburger critic for the Chicago Tribune

Kevin Pang reviews cheeseburgers for the Chicago Tribune—in print, online, and as the creator and host of a video program... More

Atlantic Editor Bennet on His Magazine’s “Salons”

His thoughts on the salons’ journalistic value, or lack thereof

Of all the different threads of the past week’s SalonGate flap, one of the most interesting has been the widely... More

Beach Reading Redux

CJR’s summer reading list for journalists

Recently, we asked readers to recommend a book to members of the journalistic community for their summer vacations. Below, we... More

“This Is America. I Can Ask You Whatever I Want.”

Should journalists be forced to spill reporting info at customs checkpoints?

Here’s the dilemma. You’re coming back from a reporting trip with notes and documents about, say, U.S. intervention in a... More

Do It Tuesday!

On Jackson’s day, the mice should play

From: stu@mice_advice.comDate: July 6, 2009 10:32:18 AM EDTTo: clientlist@mice_advice.comSubject: Do It Tuesday! To our valued clients: I apologize for... More

More PitneyGate Fallout?

Press focused on who asked questions at Obama town hall

We may, thankfully, be putting Pitneygate behind us. But reading through press coverage of President Obama’s town hall meeting on... More

In (Partial) Defense of Connie Schultz

Jeff Jarvis’s low lob

Like Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Connie Schultz, I am sincerely worried about the future, as the revenue streams dry up... More

Good News, For a Change

Non-profit consortium launches Investigative News Network

With the near-daily drip of bleak news about the journalism world (today’s edition: Gannett reportedly plans to cut at least... More

L’Affaire Froomkin, as Told by Froomkin

Froomkin and Rosen on accountability, impartiality, and the dangers of the journalistic lobotomy

Jay Rosen calls it "the Froomkin kissoff." Others call it, less colorfully, "l'affaire Froomkin." Many call it politically motivated. Some... More

#Dickwhisperer: A History

The tussle that makes us all look “pathetic”

Twitter, as of yesterday afternoon, has a new a new hashtag: #Dickwhisperer. Nope, not a typo: #Dickwhisperer. This being a... More

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

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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