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Comments of the Week

January 18-22, 2010

Every Friday, we excerpt some of the most insightful, articulate, interesting, and entertaining comments we receive each week. Think we’ve... More

Error Prevention Made Easy

Three new applications every journalist should know about

I was reading about political iPhone apps on MediaStyle.ca, a blog maintained by Canadian communications consultant Ian Capstick, when I... More

Is Haiti’s Earthquake a “Game-Changer”?

Probably not in the way that some pundits think

In the days after Haiti’s earthquake, several observers have expressed hope that the disaster could, ultimately, be a game-changer for... More

“I Can’t Take it Anymore”

A former Haiti-based foreign correspondent on a country in ruins

“Earthquake rocks Port-au-Prince,” read the brief news item. I let out a yell. The first report Tuesday evening mentioned only... More

The Truth Is No Defense

How an op-ed in a Slovenian daily left one American facing a prison sentence

I was five minutes from my house in Ljubljana, Slovenia when my neighbor called. The police were there looking for... More

Steve Lovelady, Editor

Campaign Desk’s founding editor dies at sixty-six

Steve Lovelady, who helped launch the Columbia Journalism Review into the digital realm after a stellar career as a serious... More

Repairing Haitian Radio

Internews sends team of specialists, technicians to restore local broadcasting

With radio and television news outlets crippled by the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti last week, Internews, an international media... More

Comments of the Week

January 11-15, 2010

Every Friday, we excerpt some of the most insightful, articulate, interesting, and entertaining comments we receive each week. Think we’ve... More

Standard of Living

Guillaume Chenevière wants to standardize our approach to quality control

The news executive patiently listened to Guillaume Chenevière’s points, and then explained that, the way he saw it, he had... More

Haiti, on Background

A Haiti expert gives context to the current tragedy

I have been to Haiti at least yearly for the past two decades, and have spent months working at the... More

The Undercovered Country

Haiti as journalists have known it

Just when cable’s mournful drumbeat led us to think we were of one mind on the tragedy of the Haitian... More

BBC Trust to Review Science Coverage

Outlet’s “accuracy and impartiality” to be scrutinized following criticism

The BBC Trust—the governing body of the BBC—announced last week that it will review the accuracy and impartiality of the... More

The Haitian Times Heads to Haiti

Brooklyn-based paper ramps up its coverage of the quake

Last night, as he raced down the Van Wyck Expressway toward Kennedy Airport, en route to Haiti with a team... More

Haiti’s Recent History

Was Haiti making gains before the quake hit?

The popular image of Haiti can be summed up pretty succinctly: impoverished, unstable, dangerous. Against that familiar backdrop, Tuesday’s devastating... More

Early Earthquake Coverage Roundup

News outlets cover the Haitian earthquake without actually being in Haiti

Tuesday’s earthquake in Haiti poses a vexing question for journalists and readers everywhere: If a disaster happens in an under-reported... 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

Journalists subpoenaed in ‘pink-slime’ suit - BPI wants emails from NYT’s Michael Moss, public-health lawyer Michele Simon, and others

Bloomberg struggles to break out of the box - Justin Smith’s ambitious digital transformation hits some bumps

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

Embedded with the Koch brothers - Hometown reporters get rare access to the media-shy oilmen, with mixed results


James Fallows on David Frum’s asserted, then retracted, charge the NYT ran fake photos of Gaza

“For all their blind spots and flaws, reporters on the scene are trying to see, so they can tell, and the photographic and video reporters take greater risks than all the rest, since they must be closer to the action. For people on the other side of the world to casually assert that they’re just making things up—this could and would drive them crazy.”

The 60-second interview: Marty Baron (Capital New York)

CAPITAL: I just noticed that the most-read story right now on your website is an aggregated piece about a Russian lizard sex station in space. BARON: [Laughs] Is that right?

Your iPhone can now make free encrypted calls (Wired)

The beginning of the end of burner phones?

The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

Bloggingheads

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

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