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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

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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