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Celebrating the Paper Boy and By Extension - The Local Paper

Tomorrow is officially Newspaper Carrier Day, according to the Newspaper Association Managers, and the Suburban Newspaper Association is offering a... More

Non-Story of The Day

In today's non-story of the day, Politico CLICK sports the blaring headline, "Roman Polanski supporters gave $34K to Barack Obama,... More

“Marines,” Plain and Simple

Today, the big, three-column, above-the-fold statement photo on the front page of every edition of the New York Times makes... More

Building a Shrine to Tim Russert, Literally

Remember how your mother always warned you to wear clean underwear in case you're in an accident? Apparently, if you're... More

Washington, D.C., Reality TV Edition

In today's politics and pop culture file, former House Majority Whip Tom DeLay is expected to announce this evening that... More

A Weighty Subject

Alex Jones and the iron core of news

Alex Jones, director of the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government,... More

Best Political Protest Ever

Teabag Party-ers, 9/12'ers, angry town hall crowds, Cindy Sheehan, Code Pink, G-20 crazies, Greenpeace, protesters everywhere, may I please introduce:... More

Making a Profit While Bankrupting the Store

Here's a riddle. How are mattress factories and newspaper companies alike? This piece on the front page of today's New... More

Levi Johnston Does It With Protection

Sarah Palin's daughter's baby daddy is in a commercial for . . . pistachios? More

Covering the Great Recession

A new study of financial crisis coverage, released today by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, shows... More

Press Freedom, Russia and Shish Kebab

The latest dust up over press freedom in Russia started over the name of a shish kebab restaurant. From sometime... More

Reporter at Sea-Sick

File this under newspaper promotional contests that make us feel sick to our stomach. USA Today is teaming up with... More

Berlusconi and Press Freedom, Petition Edition

La Repubblica, Italy's second-largest newspaper, was sued for defamation earlier this summer by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for repeatedly... More

CBS goes GlobalPost-al

GlobalPost and CBS plan to make beautiful news together, according to this story by David Carr in today's New York... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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

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