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A matter of time

Pretty in Finke

In October, auto-racing and truck-leasing scion Jay Penske announced that he’d bought Variety, the storied Hollywood trade publication founded in... More

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Hard Numbers

Election edition

54 Percent of Americans who knew that General Motors’ decision to close its plant in Janesville, WI, happened before Barack... More

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DIY celebrity profile

Fill in the blanks

It is half-past 10 on another soullessly sun-kissed Los Angeles morning. And (promising young star) is late. I’ve been sitting... More

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The Lower Case

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

- Erie Times-News, 6/13/12 - BBCNews.com, 6/12/12 - The Des Moines Register, 7/5/12 - Brand Republic News, 7/5/12 - Bellingham... More

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Parting Shots

Death, where is their sting?

The world of American letters is considerably poorer now than just one year ago. Last December was Christopher Hitchens’s final... More

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Beyond ‘Deep Throat’

Reporters find themselves in odd situations

Eric Zorn, columnist, Chicago Tribune I covered a nudist convention for the Tribune in a health club. Going with... More

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Last lick?

A fudgsicle fan can’t escape his past

On a hot August day in 1995, a Baltimore Sun photographer snapped this picture of three-year-old John Boias. It... More

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Hard Numbers

Who do you trust?

193 pages in the Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act decision 2 pages of the decision CNN and Fox News producers... More

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When Worlds Collide

NPR interns devoured by music-site trolls!

Newsrooms tend to shield their interns from the rougher side of the news business. But this summer, two NPR interns... More

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Sree Tips

Social-media etiquette for journalists

Q: What’s the latest thinking on following back everyone who follows you on Twitter? Is this something we are... More

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Why stop there?

Anna Wintour is not the next ambassador to Britain, but …

In June, Anna Wintour was (briefly) rumored to be under consideration by the Obama administration as its next ambassador... More

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Have at it

Can’t draw? No problem

For years, Nik Kowsar managed to stay out of jail while building a reputation as Iran’s most infamous political... More

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Open Bar

Tom and Jerry’s

Tom and Jerry's 288 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY Year opened 1993 Distinguishing features A collection of mugs and bowls inscribed... More

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Language Corner

Few grudges

“Grudge,” from an old German word meaning “lament,” is a lot of fun to say. The noun “grudge” means “hostility... More

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Rethinking objectivity: a recall case

An intern gets canned in Wisconsin because she signed a petition. Why?

As partisan activity and open hostility climbed toward their peak in Wisconsin’s recent recall election, one of my students lost... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

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

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Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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Questions and exercises for journalism students.