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Behind the News

Everybody’s On Edge

Atlantic, Economist arrive at strikingly similar cover designs

I think half the news sites I read have lately been running a highly irritating ad for The Economist, which... More

Disappearing Act

The East Valley Tribune counts down its final days

A couple of weeks ago, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Ryan Gabrielson learned that his former employer, the East Valley Tribune... More

Comments of the Week

November 9-13, 2009

Starting today and every Friday, we will be excerpting some of the most insightful, articulate, interesting, and entertaining comments we... More

The Mail

Reviewing recent issues of Written By, the Washington City Paper, and Liberty

People send us their newspapers and magazines. Sometimes, we review them. Written By, October/November 2009 Reading Written By, a bimonthly... More

The “T Word”

A conversation with Dave Miller of the Killeen Daily Herald

After Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan’s deadly rampage that killed thirteen people and wounded another thirty at Fort Hood in Texas... More

A Microformat with Major Implications

A vision of automated correction notifications and more

Imagine this: you visit one of your favorite news sites and the homepage displays a notification that an article you... More

Hats Off to Larry

Larry King Live takes a dramatic, emotional look at the execution of the D.C. sniper

Thank you, Larry King, for delivering—to borrow a phrase—a fair and balanced program Tuesday night on the execution of the... More

A Note on the Paper’s Ongoing Redesign

“Our new redesign will (enhance our newsstand appeal; revitalize our brand; give Dear Abby the front-page presence she deserves)”

To: All Hands From: The Executive Editor Re: The Redesign The continuing controversy over (the size of the weather map;... More

MinnPost Turns Two

A brief conversation with Joel Kramer

Those agonizing over the future of local news may take heart at the success of MinnPost.com, the online news site... More

The Dangers of Disaster Reporting

A job that’s fraught with professional and emotional pitfalls

By now, members of the national press have descended on Fort Hood, Texas to tell the story of the worst... More

Truth or Consequences

“We need more journalists who will bleed over their mistakes”

Henry Allen should not have punched Washington Post colleague Manuel Roig-Franzia in the face in the newsroom last week. That’s... More

Fort Hood: A First Test for Twitter Lists

In the aftermath of violence, lists suggest the benefits of collaboration

Journalism and curation—it’s becoming increasingly difficult to determine where the one ends and the other begins. The chicken/egg relationship between... More

Contra Iran

Looking back at media coverage of the Iranian Hostage Crisis, thirty years later

Thirty years ago today, Iranian students invaded the United States embassy in Tehran and captured seventy-one American diplomats, keeping fifty-three... More

Learning from Our Mistakes

Journalists must embrace their errors in order to avoid them in the future

They were guaranteed to fail. Participants in a psychological study were asked trivia questions and told to offer their best... More

FCC Taps Waldman to Study “State of the Media”

Beliefnet founder to make policy recommendations to ensure “a vibrant media landscape”

Steven Waldman, veteran journalist and co-founder of Beliefnet, has been tapped by the FCC to lead an agency-wide initiative designed... 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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