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Behind the News

Chaos Theory

How Pakistan was cast as a failed state

Pakistan is on the clock. “A fast-expanding Islamic insurgency...threatens to devour the country,” wrote The New York Times this month.... More

Team of Rivals

Media business strategists on watchdogging, branding, and paying for it all

Last night's "Innovation in Media: Global Meets Digital" panel--part of the Levin Institute's "Innovate New York" series--was, per its name,... More

The More Things Change

The PolitiFact Pulitzer: new form, old function

Aron Pilhofer is right: PolitiFact's Pulitzer win is in many ways a watershed moment for journalism. In a blog post... More

No Power of the Penn

The fuzzy numbers are only the start of the problems with Penn’s blogger “microtrend”

Hey, have you heard? America now has more professional bloggers than it has bartenders! Or firefighters! Or CEOs! Or rodeo... More

It’s a Small Word

Great damage can be done by subtracting a single word

I’ve read hundreds of thousands of corrections over the last nearly five years, and one of my favorites is also... More

Kate White’s 5 Things

The Cosmopolitan editor says ‘Go big or go home’

“If Jay Leno isn’t mocking something about Cosmo at least once a month, I’m not doing my job,” said Kate... More

Taloussanomat: Cautionary Tale for Online-Only?

A new report offers a case study on the merits of Web migration

On December 28, 2007, after ten years of publication, the Finnish financial newspaper Taloussanomat made a move that would foreshadow... More

What Hath Dog Wrought

Bo-bama, unleashing cable’s worst impulses

So. As you've undoubtedly heard, unless you spent yesterday under a rock or in a coma or some such, the... More

…But Facts Are Sacred

A modest entreaty: less talk and more walk in the meta-journalism conversation

In an article on the Boston Phoenix’s Web site last week, Adam Reilly argued that The New York Times Company... More

Total Recall

When a mere retraction just isn’t enough

How bad does an error have to be to warrant the journalistic equivalent of a product recall? In 1948, the... More

The Human Strain

Notes from Mesh’s “Future of News” panel

Perhaps it’s a bit cliché for a panel about the future of news to discuss how humans and computers will... More

Tough Times in Newsrooms

The latest figures on buyouts, layoffs, and pay cuts

The struggle to keep up with rising costs, changes in technology, and dwindling profits is taking a toll on industries... More

The Name Game

Trouble can result when two or more people share the same name

Even if you remove the element of fame, you’re much better off being Engelbert Humperdinck than John Smith. Though unique... More

Stephen Adler’s Ten Things

The Business Week editor talks about life in the magazine world

"I'm very scared of Dean Starkman," admitted BusinessWeek editor-in-chief Stephen Adler, when asked how his magazine fared in covering the... More

April Is the Foolest Month

Media members to the world: teehee!

Ah, April Fool's Day. The day when normally sorta-staid members of the Fourth Estate get to put their feet up,... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


John Oliver video sweepstakes (The Awl)

“We may update this list next week to reflect Facebook shares gathered by The Awl as the result of this post, which is ultimately an elaborate excuse to embed a John Oliver video on our website”

Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

Bloggingheads

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

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