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How audience reaction distorts political debates

Ah, another week, another gimmick-ridden Republican debate. Tomorrow’s, in Orlando, is billed as the Fox News/Google debate and is held... More

On priorities and presidents

If you tuned into one of the Sunday morning talk shows yesterday—that most coveted of political press spots, conveying what... More

Palin’s Basketball Diaries

Yes, we've been reviewing the media's coverage of social security and health care and the jobs plan, but we've also... More

Diverse Concerns

The unfortunate messages sent by Telemundo’s debate treatment

Among the stranger moments of the MSNBC-Politico debate last night was the brief cameo of a Spanish-language journalist—the “Brian Williams... More

Escape From Thailand

A simple story about plagiarism forced me to flee a country I love

Editors’ Note: this is a companion piece to the Darts & Laurels column that appears in the September/October 2011 issues... More

Escape From Thailand

A simple story about plagiarism forced me to flee a country I love

Editors’ Note: this is a companion piece to the Darts & Laurels column that appears in the September/October 2011 issue... More

The Parallax View (1974)

(Sometimes) Good Guys Finish Last: Pakula’s sober counterpoint to All The President’s Men

It’s the Fourth of July in Seattle. We’re on the scene with Lee Carter, a young television reporter, who is... More

Missing the Bus

NYTimes overly focuses on one pratfall facing young campaign reporters

There was a silly story on the front page of the The New York Times Wednesday morning. With its title... More

Money Talks

Why do we never hear from the working class on op-ed pages?

Last week, eighty-year-old billionaire Warren Buffett whipped up a media frenzy when, in an op-ed for The New York Times... More

The Provo Papers

Utah TV reporter tracks down two million-dollar Romney donors

A couple weeks ago, NBC News’s national investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff broke a story—“a bombshell-of-a-scoop” termed Mother Jones; a political... More

Campaigning Between Covers

Why do presidential wannabes write books?

In 1935, James Harold Wallis wrote in The Politician: His habits, outcries and protective coloring: Only a very shrewd politician... More

Iowan Silos

In debate analysis, journalists should use locals for more than just color

There was a debate last night out in Iowa, hosted by Fox News and The Washington Examiner. And sure enough,... More

Straw Dogs

Why the press can’t quit Ames, Iowa

Iowa has never been much of a tourist destination. The state’s main attractions are fictions (Riverside, Iowa: The Birthplace of... More

Hanging by the Telephone

A NYTimes account is mum on Strauss-Kahn accuser’s phone call

On Monday, The New York Times had an exclusive for its subscribers: an e-mail promising, as its title read, “The... More

Mapping Violence Against Journalists in Afghanistan

Last week, Ahmed Omed Khpulwak, a 25-year old stringer for the BBC, was killed in a suicide bomb attack in... 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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