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Stenography Machines

Attention, Mr. Perlstein: there’s nothing new about ‘he said/she said’

In a much-discussed Washington Post essay last week--“In America, Crazy is a Preexisting Condition”--the liberal historian Rick Perlstein argued that... More

“Yo Soy un Ejemplo Vivo”

A persecuted Mexican reporter fights for asylum in the U.S.

Emilio Gutiérrez Soto was processed like many others who cross the U.S./Mexico border seeking refuge. He was brought under the... More

Please, Don’t Retweet This

Afghanistan’s election shows us the weakness (and strength) of Twitter

On Thursday, August 20, Afghanistan had its second-ever presidential election. It’s a big deal for several reasons, not least of... More

Saluting The Sun

The British tabloid offers the world’s most amusing corrections

Very few newspapers or other media outlets provide me with better material for my errors and corrections Web site than... More

Remembering Don Hewitt

The 60 Minutes creator invented TV news as we know it

“Tell me a story, kid.” --Don Hewitt I was Don Hewitt’s disciple from afar for twenty-five years. Let’s face it,... More

Lessons from the Birmingham Eccentric

How one community is saving its newspaper

A little blitz of good press for local news hit the blogs not so long ago: the Birmingham Eccentric, a... More

CJR Rewind: Novak on Novak

A review of Robert Novak’s autobiography

Longtime D.C. political columnist Robert Novak died today at age seventy-eight. This review of Novak's autobiography originally ran in the... More

Health Care and Wikipedia

Wondering how to cover health care debates? Get thee to a wiki.

Here are some things the media are generally incapable of resisting: - conflict - drama - innuendo - Sarah Palin... More

Blogging in the Middle East: License to Differ

Bloggers stand out when professional journalists don’t stand up

Lawrence Pintak and Yosri Fouda's assertion that, by defending online writers in the Middle East, Western press freedom groups are... More

Blogging in the Middle East: Not Necessarily Journalistic

The new threat to Middle East journalism: made in the USA

CAIRO – What is a journalist? In Western media circles these days, the boundaries are blurring between online newspapers like... More

Don’t (Mis)quote Me

The demise of an error that refused to die

It’s the kind of quote that makes readers sit up and pay attention. In 2002, Moshe Yaalon, then the chief... More

Maws, Mouthpiece, and “Mad Bitch”: Innovation Gone Wrong?

Why the “experimentation defense” doesn’t hold up

For purposes of making a point, I'm going to begin in a way that I haven't begun since high school.... More

Spitzer Wiretap Info Back Under Wraps

Appeals court overturns Times-litigated ruling allowing access

Ever since March 10, 2008, when The New York Times broke the story that then-New York governor Eliot Spitzer was... More

Golden Girl

Newsroom stars get more leeway than they deserve

It has been three weeks since The New York Times published Alessandra Stanley’s now-infamous “appraisal” of Walter Cronkite. The eight... More

Gawker’s Link Etiquette (or Lack Thereof)

Original stories deserve credit, yes, but also traffic

Jim Brady, former Washpost.com editor, summed up a lot in less than 140 characters on Twitter yesterday. Responding to the... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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