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Burger Meister

Meet Kevin Pang, cheeseburger critic for the Chicago Tribune

Kevin Pang reviews cheeseburgers for the Chicago Tribune—in print, online, and as the creator and host of a video program... More

Atlantic Editor Bennet on His Magazine’s “Salons”

His thoughts on the salons’ journalistic value, or lack thereof

Of all the different threads of the past week’s SalonGate flap, one of the most interesting has been the widely... More

Beach Reading Redux

CJR’s summer reading list for journalists

Recently, we asked readers to recommend a book to members of the journalistic community for their summer vacations. Below, we... More

“This Is America. I Can Ask You Whatever I Want.”

Should journalists be forced to spill reporting info at customs checkpoints?

Here’s the dilemma. You’re coming back from a reporting trip with notes and documents about, say, U.S. intervention in a... More

Do It Tuesday!

On Jackson’s day, the mice should play

From: stu@mice_advice.comDate: July 6, 2009 10:32:18 AM EDTTo: clientlist@mice_advice.comSubject: Do It Tuesday! To our valued clients: I apologize for... More

More PitneyGate Fallout?

Press focused on who asked questions at Obama town hall

We may, thankfully, be putting Pitneygate behind us. But reading through press coverage of President Obama’s town hall meeting on... More

In (Partial) Defense of Connie Schultz

Jeff Jarvis’s low lob

Like Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Connie Schultz, I am sincerely worried about the future, as the revenue streams dry up... More

Good News, For a Change

Non-profit consortium launches Investigative News Network

With the near-daily drip of bleak news about the journalism world (today’s edition: Gannett reportedly plans to cut at least... More

L’Affaire Froomkin, as Told by Froomkin

Froomkin and Rosen on accountability, impartiality, and the dangers of the journalistic lobotomy

Jay Rosen calls it "the Froomkin kissoff." Others call it, less colorfully, "l'affaire Froomkin." Many call it politically motivated. Some... More

#Dickwhisperer: A History

The tussle that makes us all look “pathetic”

Twitter, as of yesterday afternoon, has a new a new hashtag: #Dickwhisperer. Nope, not a typo: #Dickwhisperer. This being a... More

Braking News

End breaking-news alerts delivered through e-mail? Not so fast

Traditional news got beat yesterday. First, the professional celebrity-stalkers over at TMZ broke the news--a full hour before any other... More

Three Strikes and You’re Fired

When the punishment for factual inaccuracy doesn’t fit the crime

Matt McCann wasn’t supposed to spend his summer working for St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick. For the second... More

The Great American Tweet-Off

Howard Kurtz, media critic, vs. Roland Hedley, “Doonesbury” character

Can you tell the real reporter from the fictional character, based only on the messages they send on Twitter? The... More

Experimental Tweets

Is Twitter enhancing the relationship between science journalists and their readers, or coming between them?

While Twitter’s role in the coverage of the election in Iran has been heavily publicized, the social platform has also... More

140, One Million

Notes from the 140 Characters Conference: if “journalism is a battle,” what’s the fighting about?

Robert Scoble, the man with the quickest laugh in the room, any room, strode up on stage, triumphant. He grinned... 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


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”

Lessons from factchecking, and the limits of journalism (Feministing)

“Fact-checking taught me a lot, and here’s one thing I learned: One of the main purposes of fact-checking is to correct journalism’s bias toward a ‘good story’ above all else”

Bloggingheads

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

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