Over at Firedoglake, Marcy Wheeler rounds up a fairly eviscerating collection of Howie Kurtz’s tweets from the past six days—as proof that “the WaPo’s twit policy has restored its credibility.” Does the collection begin with Kurtz’s slightly huffy declaration that, since the new policy has appointed no “czar” to oversee Poster tweets, “Grownups should just exercise a bit of discretion…”? Does the series go on to depict the WaPo-and-CNN media critic plugging, this Sunday morning, “a debate over whether it’s OK for Letterman to do interns”?
03:24 PM - October 6, 2009
WaPo’s Twitter Policy, in Action
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
The problem with viral videos
The NYT’s obituary for the South African leader, written by Bill Keller
How two alienated, angry geeks broke the story of the year
In magnificent defense of snark
Timelapse of a photo-realistic painting of the actor being done on an iPad
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.