And a narrow focus on Bernanke’s words means that the reports mostly miss an opportunity to paint a larger picture—of why his words are so politically important right now (again, bank stress tests come to mind) and of whether they mean much beyond encouraging investor confidence and providing a sort of rhetorical relief for a weary public. Here’s a word game to play: What comes after “upbeat” and “optimistic”?
09:29 AM - May 6, 2009
Ben the Optimist
Papers focus on the sunny side of Fed chairman’s economic-growth statement
Who cares if it’s true? - Modern-day newsrooms reconsider their values
What Is Russia Today? - The Kremlin’s propaganda outlet has an identity crisis
And from the left…Fox News - There’s more to Fox News’ strategy of hiring liberals than creating a public boxing match
Why Skype isn’t safe for journalists - Here are some alternatives for secure voice calls to use instead
Placing a bet on USA Today - Gannett has long felt the television model could translate into print. Now it’s using its flagship paper to double down on that idea.
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
Toil, abuse, and endurance in the heartland
On March 9, 1964, a unanimous Supreme Court reversed a libel verdict against The New York Times. The First Amendment, thankfully, hasn’t been the same since
“Go to any penitentiary in this nation and you will see slavery”
“Owen reached out, if only for a moment, from his shut-in world. We spoke to our child”
Stunning timelapse of Yosemite National Park
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.