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Behind the News

The Mail

Reviewing recent issues of the Baltimore City Paper, Mother Earth News, 2000. The European Journal, and more

People send us their newspapers and magazines. Sometimes, we review them. Mother Earth News, December 2008 / January 2009 For... More

Hardball

A veteran sports columnist meets—and shrugs off—Internet outrage

Corky Simpson is seventy years old. As if to prove it, he refers to himself as “a stubborn old mule”... More

Letter Imperfect

A better strategy for verifying letters to the editor

Though it takes up a relatively small amount of real estate, a newspaper or magazine’s letters to the editor section... More

We (Heart) Bag Fees!?

Times article an insult to consumer reporting, common sense

The week before Christmas, I wrote a column about the poor state of consumer reporting in the United States. Imagine... More

Apocalypse Now

The Times will die in May! But not really!

Plague. Pestilence. Stopped presses. Hold onto your horsemen, folks: It's the end of times! Or, at least, the end of... More

Media Layoff Mad Libs

10,000 ways to bid farewell to a (colleague; great reporter; car pool organizer)

FROM: The Executive Editor TO: All As you may have heard (in the newsroom; at Caribou Coffee; on somebody's blog),... More

Sex Ed 101

The WSJ weighs in on abstinence pledges

Studies about teen sexuality are irresistible media bait, and for good reason: parents are interested because they’re worried about their... More

Aspen New Year’s Eve Bomb Threat

Proves—once again—the value of a local paper

ASPEN, Colo. — The hottest item in the frigid early morning hours of New Year’s Day in this fashionable ski... More

Under Presser

Okay, maybe it was “the first governmental press conference ever held on Twitter.” Is that really a story?

It's a pattern familiar to the point of cliché: an international crisis—or, to be slightly more precise, a crisis that... More

RTE’s New Year Wishes

New year’s resolutions for corrections and accuracy

Several months ago, I received a phone call from an editor at a major U.S. newspaper. He explained that his... More

Best of 2008: Jane Kim

Kim picks her top stories from 2008

1) Vulgus, Schmulgus Bill Kristol used precious column space in the NYT to write unproductively and misleadingly about a... More

Best of 2008: Trudy Lieberman

Lieberman picks her top stories from 2008

1) Health Care on the Mississippi By showing how real people would fare under the proposals of both candidates, the... More

The Mail

Reviewing recent issues of Milwaukee, LA Weekly, Bitch, and more

People send us their newspapers and magazines. Sometimes, we review them. Milwaukee Magazine, January 2009 The January 2009 issue of... More

My Mother’s Obit

A son reconsiders the hometown paper

A few days before she died in January my mother asked me to write her obit. She had her practical... More

Deep cuts at New Orleans Times-Picayune

Editors note: News came Wednesday that the New Orleans Times-Picayune, which distinguished itself for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina, is... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Bloggingheads

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

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