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Japan’s Quake and Political Fallout

Notes on nuclear renaissance

The ongoing struggle to bring four reactors at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station under control has understandably shaken the... More

O’Keefe Teaches Media A Lesson (Again)

Edited NPR video shows why we need to slow down

How quickly things seem to fall apart when James O’Keefe is the person who put them together. O’Keefe’s incriminating ACORN... More

Disaster in Japan

And thoughts on its national health system

Images of the devastation in northeastern Japan reminded me of the time I rode the Shinkansen—the bullet train that raced... More

Political Aftershocks

Reactions to a disaster abroad, at home

The news cycle being what it is, it’s not surprising that we’ve taken to navel-gazing just days after the Japanese... More

A Down Under View On Public Broadcasting

CJR talks NPR and more with Jonathan Holmes, host of Australian TV’s Media Watch

Last week saw NPR CEO Vivian Schiller resign after the organization’s chief fundraiser was caught in a hidden-video sting... More

UPDATED: Beck’s Blaze Comes To NPR’s Defense (Sort Of)

I spoke on a media roundtable today on a San Francisco public radio station about the NPR/Schiller(s) controversy. Before we... More

Relax! IRS Rules Are “Lax”

WaPo has good news for anonymous political donors

Are you a 501(c)(4) group that spent millions of anonymous dollars on attack ads during the midterm elections (or, perhaps,... More

Keeping an Eye on Hospital Safety, Part II

A shout-out to the Columbia Tribune

Slowly the public is coming to realize that hospitals are not always safe places. When the Institute of Medicine published... More

Stingers From Our Past

James O’Keefe’s predecessors, their stings, and their ethics

With James O’Keefe’s latest video sting taking two scalps at NPR this week, we thought it timely to revisit some... More

Remembering David Broder

1929-2011

Four people were key to the rise of The Washington Post as the premier site for political journalism in the... More

NPR Flubs Response to Schiller Controversy

Another “scandal,” another rash reaction

NPR CEO Vivian Schiller has resigned following the controversial release of a video showing an NPR fundraiser describing the Tea... More

New Scandal: Approach With Caution (UPDATED)

NPR, Schiller, O’Keefe, and the benefits of a breather

NPR took another hit today with the release of a video from James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas showing NPR Foundation... More

Romney on the Stump

Health care’s not my baby, he says

Mitt Romney has come out swinging against the health care plan he helped create, tackling the issue head on during... More

The Doctors vs. the Lawyers

Whose side is the Times on?

The New York Times came forth last week with an intriguing political story—but a puzzling piece of journalism. The story... More

Lean, Mean Campaign Money Machine

Crossroads groups tell WSJ, world what they aim to spend on election 2012

The paper that is home to a weekly column by Karl Rove got first dibs Tuesday on the announcement of... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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

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