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The Dirtiest, Filthiest, Most Offensive Pun You’ll Never Read!

The sad saga of the Times’s “grass-mud horse”

The effects of the practice commonly referred to as water torture—even more commonly, Chinese water torture—are psychological rather than physical,... More

State of the News Media: The Quiz

PEJ tests the plus ça change approach to news

So the Project for Excellence in Journalism has released its annual State of the News Media report. This year's version,... More

Everything Old Is New Again

When (extremely) old errors come back to haunt a paper

During The New York Times’s 4 p.m. news meeting on Tuesday, a gathering that draws top editors from the paper,... More

Notes from Underground

Revisiting the Vietnam-era radical press

Storm clouds threaten downtown San Francisco tonight. The San Francisco Chronicle faces closure. Craigslist and its kind starve the local... More

The Week That Was: In Which We Carried on, Then Twittered about It

The week in new media

The Seattle P-I is making moves to become the next online-only. Possibly with only twenty-two employees. And as early as... More

Sources of Error

When a source’s story seems too good to be true

He spoke with a polished English accent, once shared a crème brûlée torte with Hillary Clinton, and spent part of... More

ProPublica Goes Pro-Am

Amanda Michel joins the investigative outlet as its new editor of distributed reporting

Big news today: ProPublica is delving into the world of pro-am journalism. Amanda Michel, who formerly directed OffTheBus, The Huffington... More

CJR Audio: Ruth Reichl on the Life Epicurean

The editor of Gourmet speaks about reinventing a beloved publication

What's a typical day for Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl? She saw a falcon eating a pigeon on a ledge across... More

Above the Fold: Remembering John Leonard

Literary lions celebrate the legendary critic

Family members, former colleagues, important writers, and intimate friends gathered yesterday to praise the critic John Leonard for his “love... More

That Feel

A Twitter enthusiast’s lingering love affair with the endangered daily paper

One of the best—and worst—things about returning from a long trip is the towering stack of newspapers that awaits me.... More

Tweeting Breakfast

Or, why I’m happy to know that David Gregory needs “a bagel b4 air”

Dear Alessandra Stanley: you've missed the point. This weekend, the Times's TV critic trained her focus and her TV Watch... More

The Week That Was: In Which We Were All Twits

The week in new media

The Rocky Mountain News published its final edition. RIP. The San Francisco Chronicle might well be next. So might the... More

Remembering the Rocky

A former Rocky Mountain News president on the end of an era

Watching a friend die, as those who have shared this intensely emotional experience know, doesn't get easier with practice. The... More

Close to Home

When outlets report errors…about themselves

One strict rule in the medical profession holds that no doctors can treat themselves or any member of their immediate... More

Rocky Mountain, Bye

Rocky Mountain News staffers share their thoughts on the paper’s closing

After learning that the 150-year-old Rocky Mountain News would cease operations today, we invited the paper's staffers to share some... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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