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The Oklahoman distributes a hit piece on Obama

Do a new owner’s deep pockets require a “trade-off”?

On September 20, The Washington Examiner, one of DC’s conservative newspapers, published “The Obama You Don’t Know,” a 10-part “Special... More

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In Iowa, a ‘flag flap’ flop?

A controversy over handling of the flag draws coverage in Cedar Rapids

IOWA — Appearances by President Obama have become a bit old-hat in Iowa, one of the nation’s most contested swing... More

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Darts and Laurels

Sterile cuckoo

In August 2002, Winston-Salem Journal reporter John Railey was part of a team of reporters assigned to a story... More

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Firings raise questions at Alabama Public Television

Many fear ‘new direction’ means conservative

In May 2011, the Birmingham Business Journal named Allan Pizzato, the executive director of the recession-tested Alabama Public Television, “nonprofit... More

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Escape from Thailand: Epilogue

Plagiarizer gets his just deserts for asparagus dissertation

In September, I wrote the long and unusual story of how I had become the subject of an arrest warrant... More

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Rubio and Univision: Détente

Marco Rubio finally sits down with Jorge Ramos

Just months ago, it seemed quite plausible that Florida’s much-in-the-news Hispanic Senator Marco Rubio might never speak to the Florida-based... More

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Another case of the racy emails

Could we get some privacy please?

Earlier this week, I wrote about media coverage surrounding the “racy emails” that led to Des Moines, IA, school superintendent... More

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Don’t think pink

Isn’t it time “women’s issues” are just issues?

Hey journalists, how do you navigate the “pink ghetto”? For starters, try changing the language used to describe topics traditionally... More

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The superintendent’s racy emails

Exposé or overexposure: Where’s the public-private line?

In early May, Nancy Sebring, the superintendent of the Des Moines public school system, abruptly resigned; her resignation was accepted... More

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In Thailand, moderate comments or go to jail

A new low in the Land of Smiles

For 20 days in the 2010, a user comment, later deemed by Thai officials as offensive to the king, was... 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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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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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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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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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

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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