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Passing Bad Checks

Boehner’s “blank check” line demands context reporters aren’t providing

This week, in Washington’s war of attrition over the debt ceiling, the media has had many a political soundbite tossed... More

A Headache of a Story

Bachmann’s health is in bounds, even if the scoop wasn’t

The story unfolded cryptically, sensationally, in the tabloid style that has chronicled so many starlet meltdowns and hospitalizations. Dziok’s departure... More

NOTW and the FCPA

Experts and pundits weigh in on a US prosecution of News Corp.

Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder announced a formal investigation into allegations that News Corp. has violated the Foreign Corrupt... More

Israel’s Chilling New Law

The U.S. should stand for free speech no matter who’s violating it

“We could get in trouble for this,” begins a July 13 editorial titled “We Can’t Say This” from from The... More

Deficit Public Opinion Goes Missing

We’ve been reading that lots of people that matter are not happy with developments in those deficit reductions talks. But... More

Bland Brand, Bad Buzz

For Pawlenty, “the headlines are a killer”

In recent weeks, you may have noticed something of a Tim Pawlenty pile-on in the press. (Collectively, it sounds something... More

A Deficit of Detail

Big news and few specifics on Obama’s debt move

This morning’s papers all delivered big news: Obama had a bigger, bolder debt reduction plan in mind, to save $4... More

Obama’s Twitter Townhall

“Win win” for White House and Twitter, 140 characters for everyone else

This summer Twitter brought us Anthony Weiner in his underpants; a Fox News-imposter who briefly hacked the President to death... More

Primary School

NYT fails on why—or even if—freshmen reps will face GOP challenges

On its front page yesterday, The New York Times explained that freshman Republican congressmen are feeling frightened. The cause, em... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

In the digital sphere, ‘magazine’ = money (Digiday)

“A single page in a glossy magazine could be discounted by more than half its open rate and still get an effective CPM of about $70. Online display ad CPMs average under $3”

Bloggingheads

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

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