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
Fox News not outraged by retailers’ War on Thanksgiving - As giant stores commercialize the last holdout, Bill O’Reilly & Co. shrug
BuzzFeed’s all-positive books section - It doesn’t make sense to pledge positivity if your aim is to provide readers with critics’ takes on new books. It makes more sense if your aim is to cultivate a thriving community.
Disappointing Deadspin - It broke the Manti Te’o story, but then stopped reporting and resumed trashing
Healthcare in Great Britain vs. healthcare in the USA: part one - A conversation with Chris Smyth, health reporter for The Times of London
Asperger’s, pedophiles, and questionable motivations - A dart to the Daily Beast, for its ill-informed speculation on Adam Lanza’s psyche
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
‘Too good to check’ used to be a warning to newspaper editors not to jump on bullshit stories. Now it’s a business model
The two civil rights leaders were radicals—and they were right
Political lessons from a lifelong political activist
The problem with viral videos
Timelapse of a photo-realistic painting of the actor being done on an iPad
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.