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The Op-Ed No One Wanted

Canada’s corpse-strewn landscape?

By now, how many Americans haven’t heard of death panels, and the Big Bad Government interfering with end-of-life decisions that... More

Mob Mentality

The Times’s mafia-and-the-stimulus angle? Whacked.

The New York Times had an interesting story on the stimulus earlier this week. Specifically, on the stimulus and—wait for... More

When Kennedy Didn’t Compromise

Lessons from the senator’s early health reform failure

I join the chorus of those who have long admired Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s remarkable Senate career and his persistence... More

The Economy Today: Profits and Losses

Keeping the ledger as the feds play banker

In a twist on the reductive Main Street vs. Wall Street narrative in the government bailout story, the New York... More

CJR’s Town Hall Archive

Links to every entry in Trudy Lieberman’s series

Below, you will find links to every entry in Trudy Lieberman’s “CJR's Town Hall Meetings” series, in descending order. 12/02/11:... More

CJR’s Town Hall Meetings, Part I

The view from Starbucks at Fifteenth and Third

Everyone, it seems, is trying to take the pulse of the electorate—Americans who, as the saying goes, vote with their... More

The People Have Spoken

Can presidents sway public opinion on divisive domestic issues?

A few weeks ago, in the course of arguing that the press was overemphasizing the role President Barack Obama could... More

Laurel to T.R. Reid

For extraordinary clarity in explaining foreign health systems

As I have posted many times on Campaign Desk, the media, for the most part, has hardly touched how health... More

The Economy Today: On the Jobs

Tracking stimulus job creation is tricky business

Yesterday's New York Times featured a great article by Patrick McGeehan, headlined “Tallying Stimulus Jobs Not Easy in New York.”... More

A Solid Piece on Afghan Politics

Times shines a light on Karzai’s circle

We’ve been asking recently for more reporting that contextualizes the turbulent political situation in Afghanistan, and explores what that situation... More

Election? What Election?

Debate on Afghanistan should reflect their politics, too

Scott Wilson and Joshua Partlow had a front-page story in The Washington Post yesterday that explored the “political test” President... More

The Right Way to Say Goodbye

The conservative blogosphere remembers Ted Kennedy

As obituaries published today by major newspapers make clear, Edward Kennedy, the senior senator from Massachusetts who died of brain... More

Ted Kennedy’s Health Care Legacy

Reporting on the lion

I met Sen. Ted Kennedy only once. He showed up one winter night at the home of former Labor Secretary... More

The Waiting Game

No election results in Afghanistan, but plenty of stories

After a fair bit of media buildup, the presidential election in Afghanistan passed fairly quietly last week. Violence was lower... More

Was a Public Plan Ever Really in the Cards?

Did Sebelius speak the truth?

The media should have seen it coming. Last week, on CNN, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said a... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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