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Behind the News

What’s Wrong with This Picture?

When the man you think is Kim Jong Il’s son isn’t

South Korean construction worker Bae Seok-bum is used to being teased about his uncanny resemblance to North Korean dictator Kim... More

#DailyShowFail?

Stewart’s send-up of CNN: surprisingly unfair

Here's something you might have missed in all the talk about Iran's "Twitter Revolution": it's totally mockable! Indeed. During his... More

Remember Moldova

Let’s hold off on pronouncements about the latest “Twitter Revolution”

"However things turn out in Iran, this will probably be forever known as the Twitter Revolution," Kevin Drum noted yesterday.... More

Brother’s Keeper

Spanish-language Philly paper gets libelous, Anglo media don’t notice

Personal rivalries have spiraled into defamation at a Spanish-language newspaper in Philadelphia. In April, Al Día, the area’s largest-circulation Latino... More

World of Paine

Remembering Thomas Paine, America’s original muckraker

Two hundred years ago this week, the radical journalist and pamphleteer Thomas Paine died an ignominious death. But during his... More

Retweet the Error

Corrections migrate to new media platforms

In exploring the emerging universe of Twitter, the service’s users have created hashtags and retweets, and have helped popularize URL... More

The “U” in “Community”

A new study of Chicago’s journalism scene takes a top-down approach to news value

"The reinvention of the news gathering industry is being engineered—at least in part—in Chicago," the Chicago Sun-Times declared in April.... More

Off the Map

Daily newspapers are constant sources of geographical errors

This week, a high school in Liverpool, England caused a stir by announcing it would no longer offer separate classes... More

Colombian Journalists Track Guerrilla War on Contravía

CJR presents an ongoing video series about the work of investigative reporters

ABOUT THE SERIES Welcome to The Investigators, an ongoing web-video series produced by the Center for Investigative Reporting highlighting incisive... More

More on the Fat Beat

How could is the enemy of fact

In April, I complained about Newsweek’s assertion that the recession was making us fat. The problem with the piece was... More

Mark Mahoney, Open Government Wrecking Ball

More on the Glens Falls Post Star’s Pulitzer Win

Yesterday, at the annual Pulitzer Prize banquet, Mark Mahoney laughed and pressed his forehead to the table as he and... More

The Public Editor and the Internet: The Match Game!

Clark Hoyt builds up the case of The Times v. The Bloggers

Here's a little game for you on this post-holiday Tuesday. See if you can identify which phrases, taken from New... More

New Yorker Under Siege

How the magazine found itself in the crosshairs of a $10-million lawsuit

The story has everything: murder, tribal warfare, a famous writer, and a lawsuit involving him and one of the world’s... More

Life and Death

Profiling Krishna Andavolu, managing editor of Obit

Krishna Andavolu is the managing editor of Obit (www.obit-mag.com), an online magazine intended for those interested in obituaries, epitaphs, elegies,... More

Sports Center

A hall of fame for sportswriters? Pass the press-box bratwurst, please

News that the Associated Press Sports Editors is establishing a national headquarters and a “Hall of Fame” at Indiana University’s... 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


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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