That’s a lot of “ifs” and “mays” and “potentials”. (Otherwise known as “too early to call.”) It may have been tempting for Leonhardt to write a story with an insider quote hinting that the test results look good, but skeptical reporters (and readers, too) know better than to trust anonymously spoken positive spin. Of course, the administration hopes and wants the tests to be positively received. But we can wait until Thursday to report the facts, instead of preemptively reprinting anonymous spin.
12:20 PM - May 4, 2009
Times cheerleads White House’s hope for bank stress tests
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
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?
The New York Times’ replacement for Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight
“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.