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NPR and its Men-on-the-Street

Whom should we talk to?

It seemed that Mike H., a frequent visitor to CJR.org, had a point. He commented the other day on one... More

When Newt Isn’t Newsworthy

The problems with news pegs in campaign coverage

NEW HAMPSHIRE — Yesterday, former House speaker Newt Gingrich returned to New Hampshire for a foreign policy debate with former... More

In Iowa, an ‘Openly’ Inflammatory Perry Ad

Coverage offers incomplete picture of rules around expressions of faith

IOWA — Since Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry’s latest TV ad hit the airwaves, national reporters and those based here... More

Anti-Romney voters’ top concern

Perhaps last month's front-page, fact-packed, 1000-word story about Mitt Romney’s hair, from The New York Times’s Michael Barbaro and Ashley... More

Morning Edition Connects With Regular People

But is anybody listening in Washington, DC?

The other day NPR did some solid man-on-the-street reporting, and found—as we have found in our ongoing Town Hall series—the... More

The Murky Politics of the Payroll Tax

The media begin to step in the muck

Each day the payroll tax saga gets more complicated, and the public no doubt gets more confused. Bloomberg reporter Brian... More

CJR Holds a Town Hall in Nebraska

Voices of the occupiers on Centennial Mall

George Packer’s superb New Yorker article about the Wall Street Occupiers is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand... More

In Iowa, Covering a New Breed of Campaign

Reduced access to candidates, more Twitter, fewer town halls

IOWA — The rise of social media and the increasing prominence of cable news is making coverage of the 2012... More

Switching Sides on Social Security

Look who’s getting rid of the payroll tax

What to do about those FICA contributions, aka payroll taxes, now that the supercommittee has blown up? Last Christmas the... More

Fact-checking Versus Strategy

When reporters go meta on misleading ads, readers lose

NEW HAMPSHIRE — In Sunday's Boston Globe, reporter Michael Levenson warned of a coming "year of mudslinging." This "rough, negative,... More

Romney’s Marie Antoinette Moment

What, let them have health care?

The lede of the Boston Globe’s campaign story a few days ago was explicit: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney yesterday... More

Covering a “National Campaign” for New Hampshire Readers

How should state press adapt to a world in which candidates bypass early primary states in favor of national debates and TV coverage?

NEW HAMPSHIRE — Both the Washington Post’s Dan Balz and Politico’s Maggie Haberman have argued that the 2012 GOP primary... More

Zuccotti Park’s Airspace Was Never Closed

Misreporting, and misunderstanding, of the press’s right-to-fly

Did the New York's police close airspace to prevent news helicopters from getting footage of police action against Occupy Wall... More

Over-the-Top Coverage of Cain’s Gaffe in Florida

His ignorance of ‘wet-foot, dry-foot’ may have said something about Cain. But the way it was covered said as much about the media

FLORIDA — Eleven seconds. That’s how long the exchange lasted between Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain and Miami Herald political... More

The Supercommittee’s Avoidable Consequences

Early coverage overstated inevitability of cuts

So, it turns out the supercommittee has failed. This should surprise no one, as most in the media had been... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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