Consult half a dozen different outlets and you’ll find half a dozen descriptions of the way mass murders “are.” It’s a cheap way to boost traffic and journalists should learn to restrain themselves until more information becomes available. The best profile of Holmes so far comes from The Denver Post, which did some actual reporting in order to gather a few actual facts about him, drawing on a self-description he wrote last year in an apartment application and interviews with his neighbors. It may not be as exciting as armchair psychiatry, but it’s far more reliable, and therefore far more revealing.
05:30 PM - July 20, 2012
ABC News: armchair psychologist
The network offers irresponsible speculation about the Colorado shooter
‘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?
Matt Yglesias watched every Star Trek movie and every episode of every TV show in the franchise
The press and Congress are asking the wrong questions
A video that appears to show Toronto’s mayor smoking crack is being shopped around by a group of Somali men involved in the drug trade
The threat of even grander leaks
HD footage from the World Trade Center’s new spire
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.