Archive for November, 2010

Building a Better Explainer: NYU and ProPublica Will Collaborate and Share What They Learn

PressThink has an announcement to make! ProPublica is making it at the same time. (Here’s the official press release.) The Building a Better Explainer Project ProPublica, a non-profit that produces investigative journalism in the public interest, and NYU’s Studio 20 program, which is focused on innovation in journalism, announced today a joint project to experiment […]

Building a Better Explainer: Help Us Out

My graduate students and I are embarking a big project that revolves around a particular genre in journalism: the explainer. And we need your help. An explainer is a special feature that does not provide the latest news or update you on a story. Rather, it addresses a gap in your understanding: the lack of […]

What Jon Stewart Meant to Tell Rachel Maddow

I took to YouTube last night to record my interpretation of Jon Stewart’s lengthy and at times halting interview with Rachel Maddow, in which two people who obviously like and respect each other–and watch each other’s shows–struggled over what’s right and wrong in cable news. I’m posting it here so we can have a debate […]

The View from Nowhere: Questions and Answers

“American journalism is dumber than most journalists, who often share my sense of absurdity about these practices. A major reason we have a practice less intelligent than its practitioners is the prestige that the View from Nowhere still claims…” After dismissing Mr. Williams, who was one of its senior news analysts, NPR argued that he […]

“I’m committed to the destruction of the old media guard.” ABC News and Andrew Breitbart.

Wake up, journalists. You have no magic exemption from the requirements of political maturity. There are people out there who seek your destruction, and they are not evenly distributed. “We think it’s important informationally. We are not allowing ourselves to think politically.” Those are the words of former Washington Post editor Leonard Downie, explaining to […]