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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

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

Bloggingheads

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

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