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Why did Sulzberger hire Abramson?

Her style never suited him. He got exactly what was advertised.

As the fallout from Jill Abramson's abrupt dismissal as executive editor of The New York Times on Wednesday continues to... More

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In cold type

When Truman Capote set out to profile Marlon Brando for The New Yorker in 1957, he knew just how to set his traps

One morning in January, 1957, Josh Logan, the veteran Broadway producer and Hollywood director, came down from his room into... More

Up and Down on the Bayou

A snapshot of The Times-Picayune five years after Katrina

In the spring of 2006, about seven months after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and a swath of the Gulf... More

A Distant Echo

What Father Coughlin tells us about Glenn Beck

Throughout the initial year of President Obama’s term, there has been much consternation over the administration’s “war” with the conservative... More

A Man in Full

Four years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans broadcaster Garland Robinette is still fighting mad

It was the birds that tipped him off. Two days before Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, while the storm was... More

In the Tank

Did the press help elect Barack Obama?

First, allow me to confess my sins. For the last eleven years, I have made my living practicing the dark... More

Sulzberger at the Barricades

Arthur Sulzberger Jr. is racing to transform the embattled New York Times for the digital age. Is he up to the job?

Corporate annual meetings are generally drowsy affairs—a pep talk by management, some PowerPoint graphics, a little predetermined voting, all topped... More

Somewhere East of Eden

Why the St. Pete Times model can’t save newspapers

The temple housing Nelson Poynter’s holy relics of journalism is located outside of downtown St. Petersburg, on a sunny chunk... More

Norman Pearlstine, Company Man

An editor revisits his role in Plamegate

Norman Pearlstine was not a happy camper. It was spring 2005, and for almost a year the editor-in-chief of Time... More

On the Rocks

Douglas McCollam on John McPhee’s Annals of the Former World

Annals of the Former World By John McPhee Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1998 I first encountered the writer John McPhee... More

The Shame Game

“To Catch a Predator” is propping up NBC’s Dateline, but at what cost?

It was just before 3 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon last November when a contingent of police gathered outside the... More

Not So Fast, Mr. Fitzgerald

As a rule, reporters prefer to cover court cases, not argue them. So it was disturbing to see portions of... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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