Krugman’s writing presents a big bright blinking caution sign for the press. Despite the so-called good news in individual economic measures, it’s still too early to prognosticate just how and how soon this recession will abate. Editors who are concerned that readers may develop economy-story fatigue after months of bad news would do best to hunker down for the long haul. Given that the illusion of easy money was a contributing factor in this crisis, it is just as irresponsible to promote the narrative of an easy economic recovery, especially when regional reporting suggests that things are still getting worse. Before we declare the recession over, we should wait to see if these blips of good news last.
03:20 PM - April 21, 2009
The press searches for good news in economic indicators
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
“I think there’s an awful lot of short opinion around, and it’s quite nice to find an argument in a piece that isn’t just stated”
The politicizing of 9/11 wreckage
“Our research found that black boys can be seen as responsible for their actions at an age when white boys still benefit from the assumption that children are essentially innocent”
Can you tell the between content created by a software program and news written by a flesh-and-blood journalist?
“Is it going to be hard in two years when you are no longer President and people stop letting you win at basketball?”
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.