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Critical Eye

Pretty Pictures, Hard Times

A look back at the illustrated magazines of the 1840s

Art for the Middle Classes: America's Illustrated Magazines of the 1840s by Cynthia Lee Patterson | University Press of Mississippi... More

The News from Norway

A comprehensive look at the history of the Norwegian American press

Norwegian Newspapers in America: Connecting Norway and the New Land by Odd S. Lovoll | MHS Press | 432 pages,... More

Playing Around

Ian Bogost and colleagues address the advantages and challenges of newsgames

Newsgames: Journalism at Play | By Ian Bogost, Simon Ferrari, and Bobby Schweizer | The MIT Press | 208 pages,... More

Copy Cat

Marcus Boon turns the culture of copying on its head

In Praise of Copying | By Marcus Boon | Harvard University Press | 304 pages, $25.95 In the mythology section... More

Number Cruncher

A new biography vindicates a forgotten innovator

The Man Who Invented the Computer: The Biography of John Atanasoff, Digital Pioneer | By Jane Smiley | Doubleday |... More

Waiting for Substance

A high-profile documentary shortchanges the education debate

I sobbed alongside my graduate students as we watched the ending of Waiting for Superman, the heat-seeking documentary that has... More

Hope Deferred

Will Obama save American liberalism—or bury it?

The Mendacity of Hope: Barack Obama and the Betrayal of American Liberalism | By Roger Hodge | Harper | 272... More

You Don’t Know Jack

An epochal slap-down and the birth of modern media culture

Poisoning The Press: Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson, and the Rise of Washington Scandal Culture | By Mark Feldstein | Farrar,... More

Not Dead Yet

Inside The Washington Post’s struggle to save itself

Morning Miracle: Inside The Washington Post | By Dave Kindred | Doubleday | 288 pages, $26.95 Back in the 1970s,... More

Universal Blues

James Baldwin’s prose still speaks volumes about race, class, and America

The Cross of Redemption: Uncollected Writings | By James Baldwin | Pantheon Books | 320 pages, $26.95 To introduce The... More

The Write Stuff

Has Yahoo created an AP stylebook for the digital age?

The Yahoo Style Guide: The Ultimate Sourcebook for Writing, Editing, and Creating Content for the Digital World | St. Martin’s... More

Hot Zone

A portrait of Pakistan’s volatile frontier

The Most Dangerous Place: Pakistan’s Lawless Frontier | By Imtiaz Gul | Viking | 320 pages, $26.95 Lawless. The word... More

Celluloid Heroes

A champion jazz critic turns to the silver screen

Warning Shadows: Home Alone with Classic Cinema | By Gary Giddins | W.W. Norton & Company | 416 pages, $18.95... More

House of Games

A spirited defense of the “digital dollhouse”

Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter | By Tom Bissell | Pantheon | 240 pages, $22.95 Tom Bissell may be... More

Behind Bars

Roxana Saberi talks about her Iranian captivity

Roxana Saberi was an American freelance reporter living and working in Tehran when she was arrested by Iranian authorities in... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Lessons from factchecking, and the limits of journalism (Feministing)

“Fact-checking taught me a lot, and here’s one thing I learned: One of the main purposes of fact-checking is to correct journalism’s bias toward a ‘good story’ above all else”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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