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Behind the News

Up and Down on the Bayou

A snapshot of The Times-Picayune five years after Katrina

In the spring of 2006, about seven months after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and a swath of the Gulf... More

Legal Aid

Yale’s Jack Balkin and Nabiha Syed discuss a new effort to protect press freedoms

The need for press freedom and government transparency is as urgent today as ever, but the newsrooms that long defended... More

Video: The Journalism of Opinion

Video from Columbia’s recent conference on opinion journalism in American intellectual history

On April 30, 2010, Columbia University hosted a conference on opinion journalism in American intellectual history. The conference was organized... More

The Secret to Rolling Stone’s Success

NYT explores how magazine prospers off the news cycle

That David Carr column flagged by Ryan Chittum this morning wasn’t the only item about Rolling Stone in today’s New... More

Press Freedoms Lag in Singapore

Modernity means more than progressive banking and shining cities

SINGAPORE—Walk the streets of Singapore and you may think you’re in the world’s most modern country. But Singaporeans you’re pacing... More

A Conversation with Andrew Alexander

The Washington Post ombudsman on the paper’s corrections process

Sooner or later, any news ombudsman or public editor will end up addressing the issues of accuracy, errors, and corrections.... More

The Day’s Big Story, Hours before It Was Published

Why Rolling Stone’s bombshell couldn’t be found, even as it was making news

Eric Bates had an unusual start to his day Tuesday. Bates is the executive editor of Rolling Stone, and his... More

And That’s Not the Way It Is

W. Joseph Campbell busts some persistent media myths

Journalism is a profession built on storytelling, so it’s no surprise that its history is filled with some remarkable tales.... More

The Man Who Imagined Tablets and E-Readers

An interview with Roger Fidler of the RJI Digital Publishing Alliance

In 1981, Roger Fidler wrote a visionary essay on the emergence of mobile reading devices like the Apple iPad and... More

Report the Error

Scott Rosenberg’s quest for a universal corrections button

Many of the corrections that appear in the press are notable thanks to the significance or amusing nature of the... More

Too Many Cooks

Celebrity chefs enjoy their media moment

There they are again, this time on the front of the Washington Post Style section. It’s the celebrity chefs, and... More

Unfriendly Fire

Wired’s scoop sets WikiLeaks a-Twitter

When, late Sunday night, Wired reported that Bradley Manning, a young Army intelligence staffer, had been arrested and charged with... More

The Myth of Tiananmen

And the price of a passive press

Mathews is an education reporter for The Washington Post. He was the paper's first Beijing bureau chief and returned in... More

Toxic Twins

When words are similar in spelling but very different in meaning

Utter the phrase “toxic twins” and most people immediately think of Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith. (Just ask... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

Bloggingheads

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

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