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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

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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