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Behind the News

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

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

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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