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Innovator’s lament

Shouldn’t trailblazers be allowed to establish new standards of success?

Some months ago, on the Poynter Institute’s website, PolitiFact’s Bill Adair urged: “[L]et’s blow up the news story.” Journalism must... More

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TMI

How are we managing the daily flood of information?

Information overload goes back at least to Ecclesiastes—“of making many books there is no end.” And according to historian Ann... More

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Sounds about right

Talking up talk radio

Occasional advertising boycotts of Rush Limbaugh’s program notwithstanding, political talk radio has been wildly successful in recent years—in terms of... More

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Guiding Starr

Freedom of expression is not freedom of the press

Paul Starr’s short essay, “An Unexpected Crisis: The News Media in Postindustrial Democracies” in the International Journal of Press/Politics (2012),... More

Link Think

News organizations and their hyperlinking choices

How do online news organizations use hyperlinks? Judging from some websites, not very well. Several journalism researchers have noted that,... More

The Algorithm Method

Making news decisions in a clickocracy

Journalists relate to their audiences differently in the age of online news, according to C. W. Anderson, in recent articles in... More

Happy Birthday, Wikipedia!

Ten years of Wikipedia and their neutral point of view policy

Wikipedia is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, to the surprise of skeptics who never thought a volunteer-written, open-access encyclopedia... More

The Climate for Science Reporting

A new report shows a surge in climate change coverage

Early in December 2009, politicians, media representatives, and NGO officials queued up outside the Bella Center from eight in the... More

How to Dow

Careless coverage of the Dow Jones Industrial Average can mislead readers

Stock-market indices offer an alluring impression of rigor and certainty. But what do they really mean? The University of Michigan... More

The Public Screen

A study on collective viewing experiences

The television set had arrived in the majority of American households by 1955. Inspired by the popular ideals of domesticity,... More

Any Questions?

Sociolinguists study the changes in presidential press conferences over five decades

Sociolinguists are sociologists who study how people talk to one another. They are typically interested in naturally occurring speech, but... More

In ACORN’s Shadow

A new analysis of the community-organizing group’s history shows the media was less than fair

Remember ACORN, the community-organizing group that got caught in the electoral crossfire between one-time community organizer Barack Obama and a... More

Snapshots of War

WikiLeaks isn’t the first site to publish controversial material from a war zone

In April, WikiLeaks released a graphic video entitled “Collateral Murder,” which shows U.S. soldiers shooting from a helicopter on a... More

Philadelphia Story

A study in the City of Brotherly Love suggests what’s been lost, and what can be gained

Everybody knows that newspapers have been cutting jobs, cutting services, cutting corners. It is not so widely acknowledged that these... More

French Connections

What do different press styles have to do with distinct political cultures?

If you think about European print media at all, you are likely to think of newspapers that stake out ideologically... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Bloggingheads

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

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