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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

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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