Journalism

Jeff Bezos Is Bad News: Why the Washington Post Should Worry
August 05, 2013

Sometime in the summer of 2009, back when I still worked as a reporter at The Washington Post, I found myself chatting over beers at the Post Pub, the unvarnished establishment cater-corner from the paper, with a business-side employee who mentioned

Love and Hatewatching
A defense of Aaron Sorkin's 'The Newsroom'
July 12, 2013

In defense of 'The Newsroom.'

Glenn Greenwald: Columnist or Criminal?
Just because objectivity can't exist in journalism doesn't mean writers shouldn't strive for it
July 02, 2013

What the debate over his role reveals about the idea of objectivity in journalism.

Sources of Discomfort
National security reporting in the age of leak hunts
June 20, 2013

National security reporting in the age of leak hunts.

How to Make Journalism Work on Facebook and Tumblr
April 15, 2013

The social networks' experiments in journalism ignored their most valuable asset: data. 

House of Cads
The psycho-sexual ordeal of reporting in Washington
February 27, 2013

The psycho-sexual ordeal of reporting in Washington.

The Real Trouble with Jonah Lehrer
He's apologized for intellectual dishonesty. But not for intellectual laziness.
February 14, 2013

Journalists love to bust one another for quantifiable crimes like plagiarism. But they have a much harder time dealing with intangible questions like whether a piece of work is any good. Jonah Lehrer's apology tour—long on analyses of his plagiarism, short on discussion of his mediocrity—is a pretty good case in point.

The Problem with Tweeting a Revolution
Andy Carvin tweeted the Arab Spring. He still missed something by not being there.
January 31, 2013

Andy Carvin, "the man who tweets revolutions," logged 1,000 tweets a day about the uprisings of the Arab Spring. He says social media helped him understand events better than he would have if he'd been there. His triumphalist online-journalism memoir makes it clear that he missed a lot along the way. 

Do Photographers Need Instagram More Than It Needs Them?
December 19, 2012

Professional photographers were horrified by Instagram's new plan to sell their photos, but quitting is easier said than done.

Reston on His Laurels
April 19, 1980

On the subject of James Reston, almost everyone in "Washington" seems to agree on three things. The first is that he is one of the top journalists of his time.

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