Dan Kennedy, journalism professor and MediaNation blogger, has a fantastic profile of the Christian Science Monitor and its Web-bound future in the current issue of Commonwealth magazine. (Per Monitor editor John Yemma, the outlet’s much-buzzed-about move away from daily printing “gets us in the game of being relevant. We’re online when an event is happening with the news and the analysis, and with that particular Monitor perspective. We are in the moment of the event happening, of the news breaking.”) Kennedy’s thorough reporting and analysis are packaged, thankfully, with a forward-looking, what-can-we-all-learn-from-this tone. All in all, well worth a read.
04:31 PM - January 22, 2009
Fox News not outraged by retailers’ War on Thanksgiving - As giant stores commercialize the last holdout, Bill O’Reilly & Co. shrug
BuzzFeed’s all-positive books section - It doesn’t make sense to pledge positivity if your aim is to provide readers with critics’ takes on new books. It makes more sense if your aim is to cultivate a thriving community.
Disappointing Deadspin - It broke the Manti Te’o story, but then stopped reporting and resumed trashing
Healthcare in Great Britain vs. healthcare in the USA: part one - A conversation with Chris Smyth, health reporter for The Times of London
Asperger’s, pedophiles, and questionable motivations - A dart to the Daily Beast, for its ill-informed speculation on Adam Lanza’s psyche
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
True on the internet
Different century, same tricks
Hint: viral wins
Bestowing the annual honor on Snowden would send an important message
Jane Hall interviews Barton Gellman about his NSA stories, including how Edward Snowden contacted him
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.