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Obama Osama bin Laden Is Dead”

The Osama/Obama error is an international phenomenon

Of all the mistaken headlines, verbal gaffes, and erroneous tweets that resulted from the Sunday announcement that Osama Bin Laden... More

“Death Panels” Report Reaches Depressing Conclusions

The media is ineffective at dispelling false rumors

Harold Camping was wrong about the rapture happening this past weekend, but it’s unlikely he’ll ever admit to being wrong... More

Star Trek Insurrection

Commenters force news site to admit “Patrick Stewart is a handsome man”

“We're sorry for claiming Captain Kirk was in command of Captain Picard's starship,” reads the headline on a rather remarkable... More

A New Commitment to Transparency at ESPN

Network to codify its standards and practices

In October the National Republican Congressional Committee sent an e-mail to supporters that was signed by former Notre Dame football... More

A Victim’s Tale

What it’s like to be on the receiving end of a press error

Last week was a terrible one for Jon Harris, a librarian at the North Canton Public Library in Ohio. On... More

And on the Fender Bass, President Abraham Lincoln!

A humorous correction earns AAA World some praise

It wasn’t too long after the July/August issue of the mid-Atlantic edition of AAA World magazine reached subscribers that Mike... More

Best Practices for Social Media Verification

Some tips and thoughts from the experts

Whether you view it as long overdue or just in time, I believe we are starting to see the emergence... More

Cable Access

Once again: WikiLeaks did not publicly release 250,000 diplomatic cables

[Update: Craig Silverman elaborates on this column in a new CJR podcast, which you can listen to elsewhere on CJR.org... More

Calling Out a Source that Lied

The Memphis Commercial Appeal holds Schnucks accountable

As far as official denials go, it was clear and emphatic. Lori Willis, communications director of the Schnucks grocery chain,... More

Controversy at “Fox News North”

An “unfortunate episode” at Canada’s Sun News Network

Imagine for a moment that we’re in the middle of a presidential election. Now imagine that late in the campaign... More

Eight Simple Rules for Doing Accurate Journalism

Some new, some old, some wonderfully clichéd

It’s a cliché to say clichés exist for a reason. As journalists, we’re supposed to avoid them like the, um,... More

From Breaking News to Baseless Speculation

Why journalists jumped to conclusions about the Norway attacks

Why do journalists and news organizations exhibit such a lack of restraint when it comes to breaking news like last... More

How News Ombudsmen Can Make Themselves Essential

Five easy tips for the modern ombud

What do you tell a room filled with doomed journalists? When invited to deliver a keynote address at this year’s... More

Introducing the Grantland Corrections Desk

Deadspin picks up Bill Simmons’s slack

“Without looking it up, I can tell you the night the Toronto Blue Jays won their first World Series —... More

Is This the World’s Best Twitter Account?

Meet Andy Carvin, verification machine

Yesterday morning NPR’s Andy Carvin took a break from running one of the world’s best Twitter accounts to explain what... More

Misinformation Clouds Much Japan Coverage

International media’s output enters the “Journalistic Hall of Shame”

Andrew Woolner’s Yokohama residence was left without power shortly after the recent major earthquake struck Japan. But his laptop and... More

Misinformation Propagation

Scientists work to combat false memes

Growing up in Rome, Filippo Menczer used to watch the local con artists offer gullible tourists a chance to buy... More

Misquotes That Refuse to Die

Things that David Plouffe, Captain Kirk, and others didn’t say

Back in 2009, Barack Obama’s presidential campaign manager, David Plouffe, said some rather kind words about Utah governor Jon Huntsman,... More

Q & A: Stephen Abell

Talking with the director of the U.K.’s Press Complaints Commission

In late December, British tabloid The Sun published a correction to a sensational story it had writ large on the... More

Q&A: Blur Author Tom Rosenstiel

On verification and critical thinking in the new, open journalistic era

In their 2001 book, The Elements of Journalism Tom Rosenstiel and Bill Kovach list ten fundamental principles (“elements”) that make... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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