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May 2012

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Audit Notes: the rise of circulation, LAT’s Facebook trend, mobile ads

This Ken Doctor piece on how circulation is becoming the most-important revenue stream at newspapers is a must-read: Unexpectedly, newspapers... More

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Election 2012 coverage: another gender gap

Mostly men talking about ‘wars on women’

Earlier this week, I wrote about the persisting gender gap in opinion media. Women’s voices were especially lacking in legacy... More

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Class, warfare

Remembering Paul Fussell

Paul Fussell, historian and cultural critic, died last week at 88. With his death, America lost a steady voice for... More

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Scandinavian public media fight for their right to grow

Potential regulatory changes spell an uncertain future

From cuts to controversies, NPR and PBS haven’t had an easy time of it lately. Indeed, the news last month... More

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Journalists: do no harm!

If you must cover the birthers, here’s an annotated how-to

In a series of media interviews conducted before a Las Vegas fundraiser with presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Donald... More

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Things that go Trump in the night

The Donald’s birther circus recalls McCarthy’s “card-carrying Communists”

On February 9, 1950, a back-bench Wisconsin senator named Joseph McCarthy delivered an unheralded political speech to a Republican women’s... More

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Amazon’s California tax squeeze

A WSJ follow story waters down an LAT scoop from two weeks ago

Amazon's long run of not paying collecting state and local sales taxes is coming to an end as legislatures finally... More

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Talking back to Alan Simpson

The press picks up on his latest salvo. More, please?

Former Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson, as followers of the entitlements debate know, is, shall we say, tart-tongued and gutsy. Or,... More

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WaPo must transform to survive

Clay Shirky disputes The Audit’s take on the Washington Post’s financial future

Ryan Chittum's "The Washington Post Co.'s Self-Destructive Course" is a blistering attack on the paper's management of its journalistic mission... More

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Language Corner

Basis Points

“On a case-by-case basis.” “On a regular basis.” “On an urgent basis.” Each of those base expressions, from The Associated... More

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Audit Notes: Google’s stonewalling, Moody’s spin clinic, USDA mortgages

An NYT story on how the company tried to stymie investigators of its Street View program

This New York Times story is a few days old, but worth flagging. The paper reports on Google's roguish reaction... More

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Turning users into supporters

Online startups need better ways to measure engagement efforts

Building an actively involved audience ranks high on the priority list for news organizations, but as outlets around the country... More

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LA Times tries to unmask dark money donors

But story’s greatest virtue may be its look at where campaign cash goes

Earlier this week, Matea Gold and Joseph Tanfani of the Los Angeles Times teamed up for a sharp article about... More

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Denmark launches new public radio network

Radio24syv hopes to challenge old stalwart DR

On a Friday afternoon in November, Denmark’s latest experiment in public broadcasting had only been up and running for two... More

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Welcome to the blogosphere, Mischiefs of Faction

A promising new poli-sci site takes a close look at modern political parties

The rise of ideologically coherent, well-disciplined political parties is probably the key fact to focus on if you want to... More

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That’s that, part two

Keeping a reader on the right path

Last week we talked about the use of “that” after a verb of speech, like “said,” “acknowledged,” etc. This week,... More

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Audit Notes: Facebook IPO edition

Why the flop matters

Joe Nocera glosses over the problem with Facebook's IPO in arguing that we shouldn't care whether its shares plunged after... More

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Sree Tips

Social-media etiquette for journalists

Q: I just came back from a conference; what’s the best way to use LinkedIn to connect with people... More

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What did we learn from coverage of Romney’s Philly school visit?

More reporters should have used Romney’s charter school stop as a teaching moment

PENNSYLVANIA — At first glance, Mitt Romney's campaign appearance last Thursday at a West Philadelphia charter school seemed a bit... More

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A Grand Bargain on entitlements?

The press is sending signals about Simpson-Bowles. How about explaining it?

To the average person, Nancy Pelosi’s May 20 interview with George Stephanopoulos probably seemed like standard procedure for a Sunday... More

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From SOS to SMS

Mobile journalism service aims to protect Indonesian forests, connect villages

WEST KALIMANTAN PROVINCE, INDONESIA—Alim, the chief of news for Ruai TV, remembers when the area didn’t have a privately operated... More

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On Journatic, and making it in Hyperlocalville

Success depends on the company bringing Tribune a savings/quality balance, says Patch’s former editor in chief

In late April, a six-year-old digital startup called Journatic struck a deal with a 165-year-old newspaper company to take over... More

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Stories I’d like to see

The Kennedys and Caro, Facebook IPO suits, the Edwards trial judge

In his weekly “Stories I’d like to see” column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion,... More

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It’s 2012 already: why is opinion writing still mostly male?

Byline counts are better, but not much. How come?

“Man. Man. Man. Man. Man. Man.” I had Sue Horton, the Op-ed and Sunday opinion editor at the Los... More

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Open Bar

The Press Room

Year opened 1995 Owner James “Raff” Rafferty (born in Manchester, England) Distinguishing features Next door to the Santa Barbara... More

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Brief Encounters

Short reviews of Hitlerland and Yazoo

Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power | By Andrew Nagorski | Simon & Schuster | 385 pages,... More

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The Kickstarter Chronicles

Community radio, burning-man culture, and a crowd-funded movie about crowdfunding

Each week, dozens of journalistic endeavors turn to Kickstarter for funding. Pitching media projects to this online community brings another... More

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When a ‘birther’ story comes knocking

After congressman’s comments, a Denver TV station doesn’t let go

COLORADO — The so-called “birther” movement has emerged from hibernation, leaving media outlets this spring to figure out how best... More

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The private-equity problem with Romney and GS Technologies (UPDATED)

Loading up a company with debt to ensure Bain’s own profits

It's seriously grating to see an Eton and Oxford-educated ambassador's son who works for the Council on Foreign Relations rant... More

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Evolved for exhibitionism?

Wired column makes weak claims about human behavior, psychology

“Sound the evo-psych bullshit klaxon!” British science journalist Ed Yong tweeted on Thursday. He was right to be concerned. Yong’s... More

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David Simon, creator of The Wire and Treme, on the Times-Picayune cuts

It's grievous what is happening to regional newspapers, especially. But the whole industry will continue to collapse until everyone swallows... More

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Dial back the outrage

Repealing a ban on showing international broadcasts is not the same as allowing propaganda

I frequently teach a large introductory class titled “Foundations of Journalism and Mass Communication.” One section of the course addresses... More

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Sorkin’s Glass-Steagall straw man

Of course its repeal contributed, directly and indirectly, to the financial crisis

Here's the headline for Andrew Ross Sorkin's column on Tuesday about Glass-Steagall and the financial crisis: Reinstating an Old Rule... More

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Darts and Laurels

Not going the distance

Much ado… On March 21, The Orange County Register published a blog post, based on the sworn affidavit of... More

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Audit notes: Buffett on newspapers, Times-Picayune, SEC lets Lehman go

A vow to invest in newspapers and protect them from interference

This is the most hopeful thing I've read about the business of newspapers in a long, long time: I'll quote... More

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Herald’s Caputo dives deep on diverging polls

Do other news organizations undermine their credibility when they don’t do the same?

FLORIDA — Voters here have reason to be confused this week as they look at two polls, coming out one... More

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Many stations don’t factcheck super PAC ads: survey

Conference highlights difference in attitudes between industry, watchdog groups

Many local television stations do not consistently evaluate the accuracy of the political ads they air, according to survey results... More

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Chicago police respect public’s right to record

Despite Illinois’s draconian wiretapping law

When it comes to preventing citizens from recording police, Illinois has the most severe restrictions in the US. State law... 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

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The Times-Picayune cuts staff and print runs

Read CJR coverage on the history of the paper, a vital resource in its region, here

The news hit late Wednesday night that the storied New Orleans Times-Picayune, the newspaper that served as a community rock... More

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The new medical-credit racket

The Record uncovers how patients are getting shafted—medically and financially

Reporter Lindy Washburn, at The Record in Bergen County, New Jersey, has revealed the latest shenanigans of unscrupulous members of... More

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Audit notes: No more daily in New Orleans, McClatchy, private equity

The NYT reports the Times-Picayune will print two or three times a week

If ever a town needed a newspaper, it's New Orleans. But David Carr reports that Newhouse is preparing big layoffs... More

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Reparative journalism

Reporter sinks a controversial paper on “ex-gay” therapy

It’s not often that a journalist convinces a prominent scientist to recant a controversial study that he has tenaciously defended... More

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Outrage angle covered—now how about those gas price claims?

Here’s how the Denver Post and other battleground outlets can do better on the energy debate

Last week, the Denver Post ran a short “local news” piece headlined, “Political billboards in Colorado use energy policy to... More

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Facebook fiasco

The well connected made out while retail investors got hosed

We're starting to get a better picture of what happened with Facebook on Friday and in the run-up to its... More

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How Gawker wants to monetize comments

Denton’s vision for Gawker Media’s editorial product moves away from posts

Back in November, I grappled with the fact that online display ads in general, and banner ads in particular, are... More

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Nonfiction’s ‘meta’ moment

Reviewing an anthology of “writings about the writings”

Metawritings: Toward a Theory of Nonfiction | Edited by Jill Talbot | University Of Iowa Press | 242 pages, $39.95... More

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A master’s missteps

Fixated on Kapuscinski’s flaws, a new biography misses the point

Celebrated for his reportage about world-changing events and leaders of his day—the Iranian Revolution, Che Guevara and the Cuban Revolution,... More

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Audit notes: Facebook disclosure, Facebook value, soft corruption

Business Insider's Henry Blodget, who knows a thing or two about analyst/IPO scandals, writes that Facebook and/or its bankers could... More

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Broadcasters sue to keep political ad buy data offline

They allege the ruling violates the First Amendment

The National Association of Broadcasters—which represents parent companies of NBC, CBS, and Fox, among others—yesterday moved to halt the Federal... More

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When big data is bad data

The press and standardized testing numbers: a cautionary tale

Disks of never-before-released data from the Department of Education landed with a befuddling thud in New York City’s newsrooms at... More

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What’s the swingiest state of them all?

By any measure, Colorado is at the center of the action in 2012

COLORADO — The term “swing state” is bandied about constantly in an election year, often without a clear explanation of... More

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The Ford Foundation’s unprecedented grant to The Los Angeles Times

And what for-profit/ nonprofit partnerships mean in the age of Sam Zell

On Thursday, Los Angeles Times editor Davan Maharaj announced that his paper, once a profit engine for multi-billion dollar corporate... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Drachma redux, Hoffa’s killers, besting JPMorgan

In his weekly “Stories I’d Like to See” column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion,... More

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That’s that, part one

A word used too often, or not enough

“President Obama said Wednesday he would go to Europe.” Is Wednesday the day he is going to Europe? Or the... More

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Exit Interview

C-SPAN’s maestro exits the stage

In 1979, Brian Lamb, then the head of Cablevision’s DC bureau, achieved what now seems unimaginable: He convinced Congress... More

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Audit Notes: Facebook IPO edition

I'm happy to say I was wrong (and Felix was right) in guessing that retail investors would jump into Facebook... More

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The Pulitzer Prize luncheon, storified

Giddy prize recipients react to Tom Friedman, winning

The Pulitzer Prizes were officially presented to recipients on Monday afternoon at Columbia University's Low Library rotunda. See attendee reactions... More

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The Chicago Tribune lights up the flame-retardant industry

An outstanding investigation show how chemical companies preserve a toxic cash cow

A tremendous Chicago Tribune investigation into flame-retardant chemical manufacturers shows how they push their poisons on an unsuspecting public despite... More

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The western frontier

KQED Quest, Pacific Standard keep their eyes on the other coast

American media may cluster in the east, but the west is still the land of pioneers, even in the domains... More

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The over-covered image war

Journalists are exaggerating the risk that Mitt Romney will be “defined” early

The message war in the presidential election got underway in earnest last week, with the Obama campaign releasing a new... More

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Medicare and the $500 billion bogeyman

Will a half-truth still work for the GOP?

Republicans and their allies are dusting off an old $500 billion deception about Medicare, trying once more to scare seniors... More

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The re-entry problem

America’s tough-on-crime policies didn’t work. Now what?

Over the course of eight days in 1978, a 15-year-old terror named Willie Bosket managed to satisfy his curiosity about... More

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Murdoch may sell his British papers

The British press asserts the embattled mogul may ditch the papers under phone hacking scrutiny

News International, the UK outpost of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, might be preparing to sell off or isolate its scandal-struck... More

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You have a right to remain recording

Carlos Miller’s crusade for freedom of photography

On January 31, officers from the Miami-Dade and City of Miami Police Departments donned riot gear and headed to Government... More

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The future of media is social

It’s also shared, viral, and free from banner ads

The Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU hosted I Want Media’s fifth annual “Future of Media” forum on Friday... More

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A game of telephone fools the Times

And the newspaper-of-record short-arms the correction

The New York Times posts a nasty correction on its Sunday op-ed by William Deresiewicz, who asserted that a study... More

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What Warren Buffett sees in local newspapers

Despite it all, small papers can still turn a profit

On Thursday, Warren Buffett announced he will spend $142 million to purchase 63 local and regional newspapers from the Richmond,... More

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The entirely predictable failure of Americans Elect

A little poli-sci—or just recent history—would have helped pundits avoid the hype

On Thursday, the board of Americans Elect folded its presidential nominating process after the set of declared candidates repeatedly failed... More

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The Obama camp serves up a Bain story

Some local outlets take the bait, while others offer a closer look

NEVADA — One of the moments in the 2012 presidential race that we all know was coming arrived this week:... More

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Title Search

User Experience (UX) Designer

Susan Rits is a User Experience (UX) Designer who worked at Time Warner, Fox, and Google. She is founder... More

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Don’t take my traditional Internet away!

TPM’s sensible business moves make a devoted Web user anxious

Over at Nieman Lab, Adrienne LaFrance has an interesting interview with Talking Points Memo publisher Josh Marshall about his efforts... More

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Audit notes: Questions for JPMorgan, hindsight journalism, Ticketmaster

Jesse Eisinger asks what and when Dimon & Co. knew about the bank’s big loss

ProPublica's Jesse Eisinger, in his NYT DealBook column, writes about what the press and the authorities should be asking about... More

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Out of the living room, onto the trail

To gauge what’s really happening in the TV ad war, reporters need to talk to voters

The Living Room War was launched this week—the ferocious bombardment of attack ads that will make turning on a television... More

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Why China ejected Melissa Chan

Sending a message to the foreign press

Is this the kind of reporting that got Al Jazeera correspondent Melissa Chan expelled from China last week? The foreign... More

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‘This is my paper. This is my town’

One year after a devastating tornado, The Joplin Globe feels stronger

Jack Kaminsky lives with his mother now. He is 63 years old, broad shouldered, with silver hair and a... More

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The Facebook frenzy

Retail investors prepare to jump on a richly valued IPO

The Wall Street Journal's page-one Facebook IPO story does a good job of capturing some uncomfortable parallels to the dot.com... More

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USA Today’s oily, gassy rainbow

Detailed cover story a bit too rosy about ‘energy independence’

USA Today sees an oily, gassy rainbow on America’s energy horizon. “Energy independence isn’t just a pipe dream,” read a... More

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Hard Numbers

Retracting “Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory”

888,000 downloads of “Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory,” the January 6 This American Life episode based on Mike Daisey’s... More

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Debating Amendment One in North Carolina

Faced with an opportunity to lead civic discussion and take a stand, some papers fare better than others

NORTH CAROLINA — Last week, North Carolina voters overwhelmingly passed Amendment One to the state constitution, defining marriage as between... More

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What’s the right price for ebooks? (updated)

It’s probably not 99 cents

Author Chuck Windig, GigaOm's Mathew Ingram, and TechDirt's Mike Masnick all took on the question of ebook pricing recently, arguing... More

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Logue jam

A catalog of dialogues

“Catalogue” can also be spelled “catalog.” “Dialogue” can also be spelled “dialog.” But “monologue” is rarely spelled “monolog.” The Americans... More

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How I got that story

RealRural

In March 2011, Lisa M. Hamilton, a writer and photographer, began a series of road trips around rural California.... More

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Audit notes: Commercialization, GM and Facebook, Saverin’s taxes

Conor Friedersdorf makes a nice catch on Tom Friedman's Sunday column bemoaning the commercialization of seemingly all aspects of American... More

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Health costs: Is Mass. the only model?

What about Vermont? (Not to mention Maryland)

We all know Obamacare is Romneycare and Romneycare is Obamacare and that the Bay State has set the standard for... More

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Attachment parenting, detached debate

Time’s titillating cover overshadows article’s substance

Time touched a nerve this week with its provocative cover photo of 26-year-old Jamie Lynne Grumet and her 3-year-old son... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Press-dinner proceeds, cat-and-mouse China reporting, testing the testers

In his weekly “Stories I’d Like to See” column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion,... More

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For TV, campaigns create big winners, (relative) losers

Political ads may not be all “gravy” for local stations—but they’re still an awfully good deal

When Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum suspended his presidential campaign last month, the former Pennsylvania senator all but sealed Mitt... More

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The astroturf Cassandra

Why hacks like Andrew Keen really fear the social Web

Long before Facebook or Foursquare, men like the late management consultant Martin Jay Levitt were connoisseurs of social networks. At... More

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What it takes to win the White House

A review of Samuel L. Popkin’s The Candidate

The Candidate: What It Takes to Win—And Hold—The White House | By Samuel L. Popkin | Oxford University Press... More

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Pushing back, making connections

Michigan political reporters have a job to do

MICHIGAN — Quinn Klinefelter is a longtime news editor at WDET, the National Public Radio station in Detroit. His voice... More

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The business press embarrasses Jamie Dimon

London Whale, sighted one month ago, knocks billions off JPMorgan’s worth

In what FT Alphaville called "the most excruciating bank conference call we’ve ever heard," press favorite Jamie Dimon announced last... More

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Seattle news site PubliCola is out of business

But its writers are moving to another Seattle site: Crosscut.com

The Seattle-based political news site PubliCola is closing, despite strong readership. As founder Josh Feit describes in a post, the... More

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Postage due

The USPS is running out of money. Where does that leave magazines?

Early on a February morning, in a glass-walled conference room high up in the Hearst Tower in Manhattan, Postmaster General... More

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Audit notes: Chesapeake woes, the Untaxable, Reuters on HSBC

The hits keep coming at Chesapeake Energy. Today, it's The Wall Street Journal's turn. It reports on page one that... More

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Poynter chat: How to mine TV stations’ political files

Under a new FCC rule, data on campaign ad buys is going online. What’s next?

CJR has been writing since late last year about a proposed FCC rule that would require local TV stations to... More

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The ice melt cometh

But flawless coverage about happenings in Antarctica has been rare

A variety of news outlets has covered two papers published this week indicating that the Weddell Sea area of Antarctica... More

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In Nevada, a candidate’s fecklessness on full display

Some sharp interview questions leave a congressional hopeful squirming

NEVADA — In this state, where it’s legal to carry an unconcealed handgun, John Oceguera, the Speaker of the Nevada... More

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So you think you can dance?

Reporter should have said she was a stripper

Sarah Tressler, the Houston Chronicle society reporter who was fired in March shortly after the Houston Press exposed she also... More

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What’s in My…

Dean Takahashi from GamesBeat unpacks

It’s fitting that veteran tech journalist Dean Takahashi, who grew up a self-described “arcade rat,” weaned on classics like... More

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The Washington Post Co.’s Self-Destructive Course

Dividends, share buybacks, and an anti-paywall stance help bleed the paper dry

The Washington Post Company‘s dismal quarterly earnings release last week was received with something of a shrug—more of the same.... More

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Audit notes: WSJ dings austerity, Weisenthal, The Global Mail

If you're looking to get up to speed on what happened with the euro and Greece, you could do a... More

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Mapmaker, mapmaker, make me a map…

A glut of “swing-state” stories risks inspiring false certainty about the coming election

For a newspaper that believes that a decent fraction of its readers know that Kurt Weill wrote the music for... More

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How an anti-tax HIT squad employs the press

“We’re pitching things and hope people run it. We’re not paying for ads”

The small-business community has revved up its campaign to repeal a tax on insurance companies intended to help finance subsidies... More

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Laboratory confidential

The Double Helix’s warts-and-all portrayal of scientific pursuits shook up the formal world of science writing

W hen The Double Helix appeared in the winter of 1968, I reviewed it for The Laureate, the literary magazine... More

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Audit notes: Blodget’s anonymous Zuck fans, Ongo no-go, social news apps

New York cover story dispenses with named sources

Here's the sourcing in Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget's New York cover story on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: "a colleague... More

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Clearly, Quartz wants to help elites go optimize themselves

The Atlantic’s new business site enters a crowded field catering to the 0.1 percent

The Atlantic's big new business-journalism project is off to an inauspicious start. First there's the name: Quartz, which is different,... More

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In Ohio, political money gets around

Dayton Daily News shows how local lawmakers shuffle campaign donations to cash-strapped colleagues

OHIO—A thorough peek behind a curtain of campaign cash this week by the Dayton Daily News shed real light on... More

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OffTheBus takes a ‘breather’

New technologies and partnerships in the works

OffTheBus, The Huffington Post’s citizen journalism program for campaign coverage, hasn’t posted new content in almost a month. But the... More

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Biotech bogeymen

The San Francisco Chronicle’s muddled swipe at GE crops

If you’re worried about pesticides, then the San Francisco Chronicle has a sweeping indictment of genetically engineered (GE) crops to... More

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9 newsroom buyouts at the Hartford Courant (updated)

This is the latest in a series of departures since Tribune’s 2008 bankruptcy filing

First, a disclosure: I have a soft spot for the Hartford Courant. It’s my hometown daily. I interned there twice... More

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No fun

Noun? Verb? Yes. Adjective? Well …

The journalism professor was not having much “fun” explaining things to her feature-writing students: “I know so fun is wrong... More

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A (blurry) snapshot of influence peddling

Finding out who paid $10,000 to party with Congress members remains a reporting challenge

COLORADO—A CBS News undercover video of a Republican fundraiser earlier this year gave viewers a tantalizing glimpse of a $10,000-a-head... More

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Notes from our Online Readers

Readers weigh in on Ron Howell’s “The New York Times Goes to the Dogs”

In a March piece, Ron Howell wrote about the increase in stories about dogs in The New York Times since... More

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Aggregated assault

Whose work is it, anyway? A plea for standards.

“There’s nothing new under the sun.” Thus spake my high-school teacher, then nearing retirement, and if I remembered nothing... More

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Audit Notes: Murdoch’s Influence, Reuters’s Chesapeake drumbeat

A sweeping indictment of the corruption of British politics by News Corp.

The News Corp. scandal is so massive and so sprawling that it's just about impossible to bring all the pieces... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Homeland loses focus, ditching the filibuster, unions that own big business

In his weekly “Stories I’d Like to See” column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion,... More

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Obama ‘evolves,’ Romney ‘flip-flops’

As the candidates’ positions change, reporters construct differing narratives

NEW HAMPSHIRE—Are Barack Obama and Mitt Romney so different after all? Despite the media’s portrayal of Romney as a uniquely... More

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Reporting on the hand that feeds

In North Carolina, TV news reporters find stories in their stations’ political ad buy data

NORTH CAROLINA—On April 27, the Federal Communications Commission made what CJR called “a good step toward transparency in the realm... More

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Who you calling ‘working-class’?

Some things for the political press to think about as it covers Campaign 2012

Attention all political reporters and editors. If you don’t know about the Center for Working-Class Studies at Youngstown State, in... More

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Watch: CJR’s panel on digital press freedoms

Didn’t make it to the Newseum on Monday afternoon? Catch up on our latest event here

In honor of its 50th birthday, CJR’s southern presence expanded Monday beyond its one-man DC bureau, as editors and fellow... More

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Audit notes: News Corp.’s board, Lehman’s hubris, Awards and Slideshows

David Carr eyes Rupert Murdoch’s crony-filled board of directors

David Carr takes a look at the News Corporation board of directors, which is as stacked with the CEO's cronies... More

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An unflinching witness

Long Island native Marie Colvin spent her career chronicling the horrors of war and oppression, from Sri Lanka to Syria. She wanted the world to see what she saw.

Marie Colvin, who was killed in Syria on February 22, represents a great deal that is excellent about the... More

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Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to our March/April issue

Patch work Excellent piece (“The constant gardener” by Sean Roach, CJR, March/April), and even though I didn’t join Patch until... More

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Thank you, Mr. Trillin …

for bringing some wit to the otherwise witless NYT Magazine’s ethics-of-eating-meat essay contest

Easily the smartest thing connected with The New York Times Magazine’s tedious essay contest on the ethics of eating meat... More

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Beyonce’s no Girl Friday

The NYABJ’s disappointing pick

The New York Association of Black Journalists is hearing from the media (social and otherwise) about the decision to award... More

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Healthcare: Do Americans get too much—or too little?

A shout-out to Remapping Debate

We’ve become accustomed of late to stories telling us we get too much healthcare. We get too much of the... More

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Staying Safe

CPJ’s “Journalist Security Guide” is a must-read

The Committee to Protect Journalists just released its “Journalist Security Guide,” a 68-page manual for reporters that has tips on... More

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Encryption is your friend

Four easy ways to protect yourself and your sources

• Depending on whether you use Windows, Mac, or Linux, there is a variety of built-in or free software for... More

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The housing market at an inflection point

The Journal explains why bidding wars are starting to bubble up again

After seven or so years of bearishness on housing, I decided a few weeks back that the market was probably... More

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Beyond encryption

Hold the phone! And other security strategies…

Encrypted messaging is just one of many techniques that journalists should be deploying in the digital age. I asked Christopher... More

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Meanwhile, in the land of the free…

In the US, you can still say almost anything, but someone just may be listening in

In December 2010, the major payment systems used to buy goods and services online decided that Wikileaks was no longer... More

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Audit notes: Still pro-euro, foreclosures, privatized parking meters

An FT contributor says the UK doesn’t want to miss out on that Europe thing

British Labour politician Peter Mandelson takes to the Financial Times to argue that, after all we've seen, the UK should... More

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The Rubio romance

For the national press, a harder look is in order

FLORIDA — Much of the national media appears to be in love with Florida’s junior senator—Republican Marco Rubio. Back on... More

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Facebook’s low, low ad rates

The Journal reports on the site’s problems with advertisers

The Wall Street Journal has a nice piece on advertisers' doubts about Facebook. As I noted a few months ago,... More

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The Kickstarter Chronicles

China’s green technology, a call-girl confesses, and the running world’s Tim Tebow

Each week, dozens of journalistic endeavors turn to Kickstarter for funding. Pitching media projects to this online community brings another... More

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What’s Slate been up to?

CJR checks in with the Web news stalwart

It's been more than a year since we profiled Slate for CJR's Guide to Online News Startups (then the News... More

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New rules on political ads: how to mine them

Finding gold may require a group effort

A gold mine of data will soon be available to help make our political system more transparent, thanks to the... More

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The most important journalist in business news

Fox Business stakes a gilded claim for Neil Cavuto

Quick: Who's the most important journalist in business news? Is it The Wall Street Journal's Robert Thomson or Paul Gigot?... More

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NYT’s hockey series gets Dart Award

Will it help to change the game?

The NYT’s series on the life and death of hockey enforcer Derek Boogaard won a Dart Award last night (WNYC’s... More

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National Mag Awards announced

The industry’s annual recognition of its best was Thursday night

The American Society of Magazine Editors announced this year's National Magazine Awards at a black-tie ceremony Thursday night. Time netted... More

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Censory overload

How a reluctant journalist used his software skills to aid the Arab Spring

January 26, 2011, was just another cold winter day in Sweden, where I attend graduate school. I returned to... More

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Audit notes: Dollar dictator, the SEC’s small fry, Americans go Swiss

The Federal Reserve doesn’t answer solely to Ben Bernanke

The Atlantic's Matthew O'Brien, whom you should really be reading, raises an important point lost in all the discussion about... More

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What’s the right way to cover Joe the Plumber?

Reporters in northern Ohio bring scrutiny to bear on an unusual candidate

OHIO — There’s no telling how handy Joe the Plumber is with a wrench, but he’s certainly mastered the art... More

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Memo to Kevin Drum

Mediocre stories about Social Security are not okay

Dear Kevin: I have not written to you before, but I do know your work from the health reform debate.... More

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Mad cow, sane coverage

Most media treat BSE discovery with appropriate concern

A few days after the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) announcement last month that it had discovered a case of... More

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In an age of walled-off candidates, longing for LBJ

Caro’s latest opus offers a strong case for the enduring value of journalistic access

The pivotal chapter on the 1960 Democratic Convention in The Passage of Power, the just-published and justly heralded fourth volume... More

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The reporter who saw it coming

Mike Hudson thought he was merely exposing injustice, but he also was unearthing the roots of a global financial meltdown

Mike Hudson began reporting on the subprime mortgage business in the early 1990s when it was still a marginal,... More

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The spy who came in from the code

How a filmmaker accidentally gave up his sources to Syrian spooks

Last fall, “Kardokh,” a 25-year-old dissident and computer expert in the Syrian capital of Damascus, met with British journalist and... More

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3 things big media can do to save independent journalism

This is adapted from Rebecca MacKinnon’s 2012 Hearst New Media Lecture, given at Columbia’s J-school on April 19

By advocating Internet access that is open, interconnected, and neutral—which is not what's happening now—Rebecca MacKinnon argues that big media... More

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Collateral damage: news organizations, free speech, and the Internet

This is the text of this year’s Hearst New Media Lecture, given April 19 at the Columbia Journalism School

How many more years will need to pass before we can stop calling digitally networked media “new”? After all, this... More

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Audit notes: Murdoch and the Conservatives, M&A, ESPN fail

Tantalizing but thinly sourced info on Rebekah Brooks’s texts to David Cameron

Peter Oborne writes a must-read column for The Telegraph on how the Murdoch scandal is threatening, unnecessarily, to bring down... More

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Reuters uncovers Chesapeake CEO’s other day job

Second probe in two weeks deals gas tycoon Aubrey McClendon another big headache

Reuters unloads another outstanding scoop on the sketchy doings of Chesapeake Energy Aubrey McClendon, reporting that the CEO ran a... More

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Fewer journo arrests at latest OWS push

But some reporters at the nationwide May 1 Occupy protests were targeted by protestors

Journalists covering the May 1 Occupy demonstrations across the country encountered some police obstruction, including a few arrests, and an... More

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The Bo scandal: how we got that story

Thanks to the Web, you can follow the money online—even in China

The scandal surrounding the recently purged Chinese Communist Party official Bo Xilai has all the elements of Shakespearean drama: the... More

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Sino the times

Can China’s billions buy media credibility?

Locals call it da kucha, or “big boxer shorts,” because of its shape. China Central Television’s future headquarters in Beijing... More

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Opening Shot

The Instagram campaign

Every presidential campaign produces its share of iconic images, but never before have we been able to see trail... More

Audit notes

Murdoch Mauled by MPs Edition

Rupert Murdoch wasn't the only "not fit" executive seared by the select committee's report on News Corporation scandals today. The... More

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The coverup culture of News Corp.

A damning report from Parliament and Rupert Murdoch’s revealing response to it

When a committee of Parliament condemned Rupert Murdoch today Tuesday as "not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of... More

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28 hours of political ads (and a few minutes of news)

Tallying the ad buys at six local TV stations for one Pennsylvania primary race

Pennsylvania — In the weeks before the April 24 primary here, folks in Northeastern Pennsylvania saw and heard a lot... More

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Brain waves

Articles about neuroscience push ideology, inflame divisions, study says

From advice about “exercising your mind” to treatises on “the gay brain,” media coverage of neuroscience in the UK often... More

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Organically Grown

The DNA of new words

Language evolves. New words and concepts show up and catch on—“app,” “smartphone,” “podcast”—or die from disuse or dysfunction—“Y2K,” “newsreel,” “rad.”... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Military movers, insuring a pitcher’s arm, and lobbyists against federal travel caps

1. The $5 billion moving bill: Reports last week that the US had agreed with Japan to transfer 9,000 of... More

Editor in Chief’s Note

CJR’s 50th birthday party continues

Perhaps the best thing about turning 50 is that people tend to toss you more than one party. Christie Hefner,... More

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Muscovy pluck

How long can Ekho Moskvy radio get away with pooh-poohing Putin?

In Vladimir Putin’s Russia, there is no more persistent reproach to his autocratic rule than the country’s oldest independent... More

Audit Notes: Murdoch’s Lobbyists, Reuters on Chesapeake, Shadow Space (UPDATED)

Top News Corporation officials talked about enlisting the top Wall Street Journal Europe editor to lobby politicians for Murdoch's multibillionaire... More

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

Chris Hondros: How He Got that Picture - From CJR’s Covering Iraq oral history

Beware journo-speak - Only journalists would call a tragedy a “mishap”

Will feminist writers save Playboy? - As Playboy’s safe-for-work site has passed the one-month mark, a look at the online media’s bedazzled reactions, and how the new image suits the old brand


Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

Newspapers prefer lesbians (Bloomberg)

In five states that just got gay marriage, the vast majority of local papers covered it with photos of women getting hitched

Bloggingheads

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

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