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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

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

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

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