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
‘See you on the other side’ - Meet Jessica Lum, a terminally ill 25-year-old who chose to spend what little time she had practicing journalism
#Realtalk: This is the best moment to be in journalism - The old stuff isn’t coming back, but that’s okay
Streams of consciousness - Millennials expect a steady diet of quick-hit, social-media-mediated bits and bytes. What does that mean for journalism?
Sticking with the truth - How ‘balanced’ coverage helped sustain the bogus claim that childhood vaccines can cause autism
An ink-stained stretch - Can Aaron Kushner save the Orange County Register—and the newspaper industry?
Matt Yglesias watched every Star Trek movie and every episode of every TV show in the franchise
The press and Congress are asking the wrong questions
A video that appears to show Toronto’s mayor smoking crack is being shopped around by a group of Somali men involved in the drug trade
The threat of even grander leaks
HD footage from the World Trade Center’s new spire
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.