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Newsweek’s Redesign Gets Two Thumbs Down

Is the harsh reaction from media critics warranted?

The newly redesigned Newsweek launched yesterday, and as soon as the first images appeared online, the issue quickly became a... More

Accuracy and Crisis

Were early, erroneous reports of Giffords’s death preventable?

“Initial reporting on the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Democrat from Arizona’s Eighth District, was riddled with the kind... More

Are You Angry about WikiLeaks?

If so, why? If not, why not?

From Sarah Palin to the Times readers who grilled Bill Keller over that paper’s right to publish information contained in... More

Assessing Al Jazeera

What’s your general impression of Al Jazeera English?

As revolutions ripple through the Middle East, Al Jazeera has kept its cameras rolling. Few American cable networks offer Al... More

Be a Pulitzer Judge

To which finalist would you give the Breaking News prize?

On Monday, the Pulitzer Prize Board handed out awards in 13 out of 14 categories for journalism. No award was... More

Campaign Strategies

How should the media determine the sort of coverage a candidate deserves?

In one of the posts on Herman Cain's candidacy discussed on Campaign Desk Tuesday, Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight calls for... More

Following Egypt

What are your go-to news and information sources?

It has now been a week since reform-seeking protestors by the thousands began taking to the streets of Cairo and... More

Graduation Time

What should we tell journalism’s next generation?

It’s graduation season and journalism schools across the country are spitting out classes of elated and exhausted journalists into the... More

Hacks and Heroes

Who’s missing from Salon’s “biggest media hacks” list?

Salon published its “War Room Hack Thirty” the day before Thanksgiving. The list features Salon's “least favorite political commentators, newspaper... More

Holiday Reading List

Recommend a book for a journalist this season

This holiday season, there’s nothing better you can give your favorite overworked journalist than a good book, with a note... More

Huffington Post and “Over-Aggregation”

Where do we draw the line between aggregation and plagiarism?

AdAge media columnist Simon Dumenco recently posed a good question to the online news community: “What constitutes unfair -- unethical... More

Huffington Post Goes Supersonic

What do you love/hate about The Huffington Post?

Change is in air at the Huffington Post, dahhhh-link. We may not know what the new Huffington Post Media Group... More

Media New Year’s Resolutions

What are your journalistic resolutions for 2011?

No point giving up dark chocolate, red wine, or blacker-than-black coffee. We're journalists. We'd last a week. Max. And exercise?... More

Olbermann Suspends “Worst Person” Segment

What other segments, programs, or people should be cut from cable news?

After accusing Jon Stewart of jumping the shark on Twitter over the weekend, Keith Olbermann last night gave in to... More

Populism on the Potomac

Is anyone in DC reporting for the people?

On Sunday, Washington Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton presented a plan for the paper he's charged with watching. His stirring proposal?... More

So Long, Olbermann

What’s next for NBC?

With one abrupt announcement at the end of his show on Friday, Keith Olbermann ended his run on MSNBC, where... More

Summer Reading Club

Recommend a book for a journalist this summer

The days are long, the dogs are panting, and the sun is still prime for shining on the pages of... More

Thanksgiving Time

Tell us what in journalism you are thankful for

Holidays are a reminder that we’ve gone another turn around the sun, a time to take time to take stock.... More

The Olbermann Question

What are the journalistic consequences of reporters donating to political campaigns?

One question which has gone largely unaddressed in the Keith Olbermann controversy is this: Is there a difference between donating... More

The SPJ’s Tough Call

Should SPJ have retired the Helen Thomas Award?

In June of last year, White House press corps vet Helen Thomas resigned from her columnist’s post with Hearst Newspapers... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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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.