Like the HuffPost’s approach, it’s not perfect. Even experts—whether paid to pore through the bill, or volunteering to do so—may miss things. But what matters, when it comes to the stimulus package, is the aggregate of our knowledge about it. The ability to share news across the superficial divide of outlet title and brand name means that information, in cases like these, matters more than any single organization. And quantity breeds quality: the more people we have to read the through that text, regardless of whom they’re working for, the better off we all are. The HuffPost may catch something the Times didn’t, and vice versa. As far as the public is concerned, the only thing that matters is that someone’s there to do the catching.
Behind the News
11:34 AM - February 6, 2009
Huffington Post crowdsources its analysis of the stimulus package
Entitled to better reporting - There’s a wider (and increasingly urgent) Social Security story out there—beyond the Beltway and deficit talk
Squeezing Time Inc. dry - Time Warner prepares to dump a dangerous debt load on its publishing spinoff
Covering Sandy Hook, one year later - The town is asking reporters to stay away, but many victims’ families have started speaking out
The future of longform - A conference at the Columbia Journalism School explored the craft’s digital prospects
Healthcare in Great Britain vs. healthcare in the USA: part one - A conversation with Chris Smyth, health reporter for The Times of London
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
When it comes to great magazine writing, what’s in a name?
The race to photograph every corner and crevice on the planet
“The characters are as rollicking and fun as the ocean setting. The narrator, Ishmael, is just a really good guy”
Hint: He’s not real—shhh…
Jane Hall interviews Barton Gellman about his NSA stories, including how Edward Snowden contacted him
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.