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Behind the News

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

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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