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Behind the News

Code Talking

A new way to float corrections down the river of news

I’m a man of modest dreams. I’d like to see the Montreal Canadiens win another Stanley Cup as soon as... More

Eyes Wide Shut on Iran

Familiar sources sing a tired song

Listening to the CBS Evening News on Friday, I was roused from the slumber that program so often induces by... More

Reality Bites

More promotional ideas for The Washington Post

The Washington Post yesterday announced its "America's Next Great Pundit" contest, in which ten amateur columnists will compete for a... More

America’s Next Great Pundit: A Close Reading

The Washington Post Pundit Contest: A Close Reading [I NEED SOME KIND OF BRIEF INTRO HERE…] America’s Next Great Pundit... More

The Prophet Motive

Glenn Beck in an age of anxiety

Here is one rule I’ve discovered as a consumer of media-celebrity coverage: if you know what a celebrity's tongue looks... More

Hed Injuries

Sometimes it’s copy editors who have the last gaffe

I don’t write the headlines. It’s a line every print journalist will say at least once during his or her... More

Katie and Diane: The Wrong Questions

Why can’t the print press treat TV news as news?

Michael Massing’s voice has long been part of the Columbia Journalism Review in print. He is a columnist, a former... More

Michael Massing Online Archive

A complete archive of Michael Massing’s columns for CJR.org

Michael Massing’s voice has long been part of the Columbia Journalism Review. He is a columnist, a former executive editor,... More

Driving the Conversation

NYT series examines texting, talking behind the wheel

The New York Times has published a number of ambitious series this year, on topics ranging from the financial crisis... More

ACORN’s Family Tree

Was the Baltimore video journalism? Does it matter?

In a piece in the October 2009 issue of The Atlantic, “The Story Behind the Story,” journalist Mark Bowden examines... More

Pinning Down the “Jackass” Tale

A tweeted slip reveals a complicated arrangement

To be sure, the quote at hand does not address the world’s most pressing issue. But earlier this week, when... More

Seeds of Discontent

What does the ACORN story mean for the mainstream media?

James O’Keefe, the pimp-playing provocateur who set out to target ACORN with a video camera, a cheesy costume, and a... More

“A Big Chance to Win Back the Public’s Faith”

MediaBugs’s Scott Rosenberg on error-correction in the digital age

Earlier this summer, Scott Rosenberg, co-founder of Salon.com and author of the new book Say Everything, received word that he... More

Rock Bottom

Get stoked: the MSM are acting less childish about pot

The strain of “reefer madness” that's been infecting American newsrooms since at least 1911 appears to be abating amid some... More

Tea for Two…Million?

FreedomWorks, Twitter, and the evolution of an error

On Saturday, a collection of citizens of the Republic, armed with handmade signs, Gadsden flags, and pent-up frustration, descended on... 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


‘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.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

Bloggingheads

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

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