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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

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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