Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Last Update: Tue 2:50 PM EST

Culture

burtonhamlet.jpg

Shakespeare didn’t say that

Lines that are (mis)attributed to the Bard

Hell hath no fury like a writer scorned, and, should Shakespeare be alive today, he might feel much scorn'd. People... More

derekjeter.jpg

In all the goodbyes, media didn’t catch why Jeter will be missed

The shortstop had plenty of positive attention thanks to an absent third baseman.

From the perspective of the New York Yankees' marketing department, it is lucky that Alex Rodriguez spent the final season... More

NFL_concussion.jpg

Why Bill Simmons might leave ESPN

Other outlets would jump at the chance to gain his following

"Don't get fired, Bill." That's Jalen Rose's maxim, repeated whenever he sees Bill Simmons, his ESPN colleague and periodical podcast... More

Renner thumb.jpg

In a new film, once-shunned reporter’s reputation comes full circle

Kill the Messenger as Gary Webb’s final act

Jeremy Renner as San Jose Mercury News investigative reporter Gary Webb in Kill The Messenger (Chuck Zlotnik/Focus Features) When filmgoers see Kill... More

Manziel2.jpg

Sports media will rank just about anything

From the best advice offered to Johnny Manziel to the most-watchable NBA teams

Unlike the soccer-loving socialists populating Europe and Latin America, Americans demand hierarchy from our sports. Outside of the occasional football... More

shakespeare.jpg

Fractured Shakespeare

All that glitters isn’t gilding

Much time has pas’t since Language Corner has revisited Shakespeare, or what passes for Shakespeare these days. A slight refresher... More

dansnyder.jpeg

Why news organizations are abandoning the Redskins

The media mostly avoids Washington’s football team name

When Michael Persinger decided earlier this month that the Charlotte Observer would join the list of newspapers, magazines, and online... More

citibike.jpg

A fancy word for ‘custom’

Bespoken for

An article labeled as news fawned last week over the new Jaguar XE, which was introduced in London in a... More

lcdictionary.jpg

How to properly use [sic]

Hint: Not often

Twitter, Facebook, email, and the like are great reporting tools, allowing reporters access to more sources, wider reporting, and more... More

beer vocab.jpeg

Very important alcohol vocabulary tips

Foment vs. ferment

"Both sides are just trying to ferment a war," a blog posting said of the situation in the Middle East.... More

sports-thb.jpg

What science can tell sportswriters about why we love sports

There’s something special about a winning team

This summer was tumultuous for the mood of nations, as you may have read in the sports section. In... More

lcdictionary.jpg

Hyphen use disappearing

Is the web to blame for quick changes to language?

Language evolution is happening right in plain sight. “Off-site” and “on-site” are in the process of becoming “offsite” and... More

pterodactyl.jpg

Fun with mnemonics

If you’ve been writing ‘pneumonic,’ you’ve got it all wrong

A friend wrote that she had a great way of remembering a complicated topic. "I created a pneumonic device," she... More

The Ralph.jpg

Why local media struggle covering sports stadium construction

Local news organizations often support the home team, despite huge public costs of keeping them in town

The word of the National Football League commissioner is not law. But the opening line of a 2,300-word piece in... More

mw.JPG

Why words have multiple acceptable spellings

More on the new edition of Webster’s New World College Dictionary

Last week, we talked about the new, fifth edition of Webster's New World College Dictionary, and some things in it... More

Alessandra Stanley’s troubling history of error

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Is ISIS a faith-based terrorist group? - Journalists and scholars disagree about how much Islam, rather than politics and power, drives Muslim extremists

Why Bill Simmons might leave ESPN - Other outlets would jump at the chance to gain his following

Why news organizations are abandoning the Redskins - The media mostly avoids Washington’s football team name


Swedish scientists sneak Dylan quotes into articles (The Guardian)

Whoever nets the most before retirement wins a free lunch

Mag for dog haters is a hit in Germany (WSJ)

Poop and Pooches. That is all

A data viz reading list (Susan McGregor)

Useful resources for journalists

Video shows Mexican drug lord paying journalists for ‘good press’ (Fusion)

“This video suggests that organized crime is trying to buy off journalists, creating a new brand of narco-journalism”

Bloggingheads

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

  • If you like the magazine, get the rest of the year for just $19.95 (6 issues in all).
  • If not, simply write cancel on the bill and return it. You will owe nothing.

Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.