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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

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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