Sunday, April 19, 2015

As If ‘Rolling Stone’ Were Our Only Problem

When Rolling Stone retracted the UVA story, they asked Columbia Journalism Review to conduct an independent investigation on what had gone wrong. The answer: Pretty much everything.

April 9, 2015
University of Virgina

Student At Center Of Rolling Stone Story Is Not To Blame, Investigation Authors Say

The Columbia team reiterated Monday that it found deep flaws in the reporting and editing of the woman’s narrative of her allegedly being gang raped at a University of Virginia fraternity.

April 7, 2015
hands up don't shoot

Journalists Must Rediscover Skepticism

From Ferguson to Charlottesville, the media have been falling down on the job.

March 25, 2015
Joni Ernst

Believers Of Ernst Hoax Say A Lot About Who We Are

In politics, the line between the real and the ridiculous is more blurred than ever.

February 18, 2015
Photo: NBC News anchor Brian Williams speaks onstage at 2014 Stand Up For Heroes at Madison Square Garden at Madison Square Garden on November 5, 2014 in New York City (AFP/Andrew H. Walker)

Brian Williams Pays Price For Tall Tales

Will Brian Williams ever be able to salvage his reputation?

February 17, 2015
Photo: Jon Stewart has hosted "The Daily Show" for 16 years (AFP/Robin Marchant)

Stewart, Williams, And Thick Skins

There’s a problem with all of the media focus on Jon Stewart and Brian Williams.

February 12, 2015
Photo: NBC News anchor Brian Williams speaks onstage at 2014 Stand Up For Heroes at Madison Square Garden at Madison Square Garden on November 5, 2014 in New York City (AFP/Andrew H. Walker)

Why I’m Pulling For Brian Williams

Connie Schultz explains why journalists want Williams’ career to survive.

February 11, 2015
Photo: Top US television anchor Brian Williams says he is taking himself off the air for "several days" as he faces an internal investigation for embellishing an Iraq war story (AFP/Robyn Beck)

Brian Williams’ Lies Are Not Equal To Those Of Fox ‘News’

If Williams worked for Fox News, would anyone care that he lied?

February 11, 2015

Late Night Roundup: Getting Your Story Right On Iraq

Jon Stewart is glad that somebody is finally being held accountable for lying about the Iraq War.

February 10, 2015
AFP Photo syria IS by Aris Messinis

At Least 60 Journalists Killed In 2014, Almost Half In The Middle East

The past three years have been the deadliest on record for journalists.

December 23, 2014
University of Virginia

No Defense For ‘Rolling Stone’ Mistakes

The magazine’s errors should shock every journalist in America.

December 10, 2014

Weekend Reader: ‘#NEWSFAIL: Climate Change, Feminism, Gun Control, and Other Fun Stuff We Talk About Because Nobody Else Will’

Don’t miss this hilarious story of what happens when two podcasters meet corporate media.

November 22, 2014
Rocky Mountain News

A Big Election With Little Local Journalism

What if you held an election and nobody showed up to cover it?

November 21, 2014

LA Times Names Internet Strategist Nicco Mele Deputy Publisher

Nico Mele has helped politicians win elections through his technological expertise. He now joins the Los Angeles Times as deputy publisher.

November 18, 2014
Hillary Clinton stumps for Minnesota's Al Franken and Mark Dayton

Personality Politics And The Decline Of Political Journalism

The latest ridiculous attack against the Clintons speaks volumes about the problem with the media.

October 29, 2014
Hong Kong protest

May A Million Umbrellas Bloom

The protests in Hong Kong are good news for democracy.

October 1, 2014
Teacher covers Ferguson protests

In An Effort To Make A Lesson Better, Missouri’s Teacher Of The Year Found Himself In The Middle Of Violence

By Jessica Bock, St. Louis Post-Dispatch HAZELWOOD, Mo. — The scar on Chris Holmes’ left temple could be considered a marker of the measures he’ll take to make a lesson matter to his journalism students at Hazelwood West High School. After the fatal shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9, Holmes attended what was supposed […]

September 18, 2014
Nydia Tisdale screenshot

Endorse This: Here’s What Happens When You Film The GOP

When Republican politicians assembled for a rally in Dawsonville, Georgia two weekends ago, nobody thought that things could turn violent. But that was before a journalist showed up with a camera. Click above to see what happened when the organizers decided that they didn’t want to be recorded — the confrontation begins at the 14 minute mark […]

September 2, 2014
Washington Post

Bezos Names New Publisher At Washington Post

Washington (AFP) – The Washington Post has a new publisher, owner Jeff Bezos announced Tuesday in his latest move to reshape the prestigious daily for the digital era. Bezos, the Internet entrepreneur and founder of Amazon, named Fred Ryan as publisher and chief executive, replacing family scion Katharine Weymouth. Ryan is a former Reagan administration […]

September 2, 2014
Francois Hollande

French Actress Wins Criminal Case Over Hollande Affair Pics

dpa PARIS — French actress Julie Gayet whose affair with President Francois Hollande caused a sensation earlier this year won a second court case Tuesday against the gossip magazine that revealed their liaison. A criminal court in Nanterre west of Paris ruled that a picture of published by Closer magazine of Gayet in her car […]

September 2, 2014
Ferguson 8-21

Black And White In Ferguson And Journalism

When you don’t know if the violent scenes on the evening news are in Iraq or in Ferguson, Missouri, then things are bad. Something is rotten in the state of Missouri. Ferguson is a dark small town where rage boiled over after a white police officer fatally shot a young black man while he was […]

August 22, 2014
Rahm Emanuel

Journalists On The Government’s Blacklist

As states move to hide details of government deals with Wall Street, and as politicians come up with new arguments to defend secrecy, a study released earlier this month revealed that many government information officers block specific journalists they don’t like from accessing information. The news comes as 47 federal inspectors general sent a letter […]

August 22, 2014
New York Times

New York Times Makes Change At Top

By Alana Semuels and James Rainey, Los Angeles Times NEW YORK — Just three years into her tenure, the first female editor of The New York Times was forced out because of what the publisher called management issues in the newsroom. Jill Abramson will be replaced by managing editor Dean Baquet, who will be the […]

May 15, 2014
New York Times

Jayson Blair And All The Lies Not Fit To Print

Why did you do it? The movie opens with that question. In response, Jayson Blair makes a joke. “This one again,” he mutters, rolling his eyes in mock consternation at the predictability of it. But predictable as it is and as long as he’s had to ponder it, Blair still ends up punting. “I don’t […]

May 5, 2014

Global Press Freedom Slips To Decade Low

Washington (AFP) – World press freedom has hit its lowest level in a decade after a regression in Egypt, Turkey and Ukraine, and U.S. efforts to curb national security reporting, a watchdog said Thursday. A report by Freedom House, which has been conducting annual surveys since 1980, found that the share of the world’s population […]

May 1, 2014