Call it the Goldilocks approach to political journalism. Many campaign-related articles we read are too cold (informative, maybe, but not terribly readable); many others are too hot (readable, maybe, but not terribly informative). The ones that strike a balance in their temperature—like “Moo,” Timothy Egan’s masterful treatment of Sarah Palin’s gubernatorial record, currently the most-emailed story on nytimes.com—are, to borrow a description, just right.
03:43 PM - September 19, 2008
In the Moo’d
‘See you on the other side’ - Meet Jessica Lum, a terminally ill 25-year-old who chose to spend what little time she had practicing journalism
#Realtalk: This is the best moment to be in journalism - The old stuff isn’t coming back, but that’s okay
Streams of consciousness - Millennials expect a steady diet of quick-hit, social-media-mediated bits and bytes. What does that mean for journalism?
Sticking with the truth - How ‘balanced’ coverage helped sustain the bogus claim that childhood vaccines can cause autism
An ink-stained stretch - Can Aaron Kushner save the Orange County Register—and the newspaper industry?
“If you wouldn’t mind using another publication to advertise your infringement tool, we’d appreciate it”
“[A]s flagrant an assault on civil liberties as anything done by George W. Bush’s administration”
“Reporters are increasingly skeptical about Carney’s demeanor and the veracity of some answers”
A future where writers can gain wealth through a “freelance economy”
She replies she’s an atheist
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.