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The Herman Cain Method

The press hints his campaign isn’t serious. Doesn’t its success suggest otherwise?

Herman Cain, are you running for president? Or are you just busing around the country, dropping into debates and Sunday... More

A Sextee’s Story

It was nearly one year ago—to the day!—that Traci Nobles, a cheerleading coach from Athens, Georgia, “made a few provocative... More

Watch Out For ‘Walmart Moms’

They hold the key to the 2012 election—according to Walmart

You’ve heard of Soccer Moms and Nascar Dads, but how about Walmart Moms? If you haven’t, you will, judging from... More

Who’s A Journalist? (Take II)

Um, not Patrick Howley

I wrote Friday about how the arrests of reporters at the Occupy Wall Street protests raised questions about the NYPD... More

Who’s A Journalist? (Take II)

Um, not Patrick Howley

I wrote Friday about how the arrests of reporters at the Occupy Wall Street protests raised questions about the NYPD... More

Tom Friedman Needs A Factchecker

We’ve called out Tom Friedman in recent months for being “radically wrong” in the past. And then for being “still... More

Who’s A Journalist?

Arrest of reporters at Occupy Wall Street protest raise questions about NYPD press credential process

John Farley, a reporter with WNET/Thirteen’s MetroFocus, was standing on the sidewalk interviewing two women who had been pepper sprayed... More

Who’s A Journalist?

Arrest of reporters at Occupy Wall Street protest raise questions about NYPD press credential process

John Farley, a reporter with WNET’s MetroFocus, was standing on the sidewalk interviewing two women who had been pepper sprayed... More

With Perry, it pays to look under the rock

While many reporters in Texas might be racing down dusty roads to find that rock, Brenda Bell of the Austin... More

Q&A: Columnist Charles Stile on Chris Christie

“Now he’s standing in the center of the political universe”

For a man who’s not running for president, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has gotten a whole lot of attention... More

Is Occupy Wall Street Getting Its Fair Share of Press?

What would Charles Tilly say?

#Occupy Wall Street. To cover or not to cover? That is of course the question that, 13 days into the... More

60 Minutes, Meet the AP

Scott Pelley’s paean to Ray Kelly’s anti-terrorism juggernaut ignores the wire’s good work

On Sunday, 60 Minutes broadcast this fifteen-minute report, “Fighting terrorism in New York City,” in which CBS’s Scott Pelley delivers... More

NYTimes Misleads on Pace of Flood Relief

FEMA’s disaster delays are structural, not Congressional

Congress: dysfunctional, broken, mad, maybe even the worst. Ever. But The New York Times went one too far today in... More

After the Google/Fox Debate, Five Annoyances

Dog poop jokes and that blasted chat chime at GOP debate suggest Google’s not that smart

Some things irritated us about last night’s debate and the post-debate wrap-up. Some were small—say, the use of the Gmail... More

Darts and Laurels

Telling the whole story about Thailand

For much of his career, the British journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall has covered Southeast Asia for Thomson Reuters. During that... 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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