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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

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news


The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”

Bloggingheads

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

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Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.