It would be remiss of me to discuss the good work coming out of California today without pointing to Calbuzz’s brilliant breakdown of the latest survey from the Public Policy Institute of California. If there is a smarter poll analysis out there, I haven’t seen it. Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine’s rigorously account for the trends the poll shows—read: good news for Dems—and pick through the polling methodology. Tame, smart, and presented with a refreshing lack of disaster movie metaphors. If you’re going to do the horse race thing, this is how it should be done.
11:00 AM - October 21, 2010
A Laurel for Dusting off Fiorina’s Skeletons
Los Angeles Times and others’ good work
Fox News not outraged by retailers’ War on Thanksgiving - As giant stores commercialize the last holdout, Bill O’Reilly & Co. shrug
BuzzFeed’s all-positive books section - It doesn’t make sense to pledge positivity if your aim is to provide readers with critics’ takes on new books. It makes more sense if your aim is to cultivate a thriving community.
Disappointing Deadspin - It broke the Manti Te’o story, but then stopped reporting and resumed trashing
Healthcare in Great Britain vs. healthcare in the USA: part one - A conversation with Chris Smyth, health reporter for The Times of London
Asperger’s, pedophiles, and questionable motivations - A dart to the Daily Beast, for its ill-informed speculation on Adam Lanza’s psyche
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
‘Too good to check’ used to be a warning to newspaper editors not to jump on bullshit stories. Now it’s a business model
The two civil rights leaders were radicals—and they were right
Political lessons from a lifelong political activist
The problem with viral videos
Timelapse of a photo-realistic painting of the actor being done on an iPad
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.