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Best of 2009: Greg Marx

Marx picks his top stories from 2009

The Wrong Stuff This piece was a lot of fun to work on, because it involved doing some reporting to... More

Blog Posts Worth Reading

Apropos of the Dana Milbank column on Joe Lieberman I discussed in this afternoon’s Campaign Desk piece, the poli-sci blogger... More

The Polarization Express

You can’t blame legislative gridlock on polarization alone

Dana Milbank had an interesting column over the weekend countering the conventional wisdom on Joe Lieberman: rather than undergoing some... More

Putting the ‘green’ in ‘Green Lantern thinking’

I think Brendan Nyhan and John Sides, while right about the underlying argument, go a bit too far in faulting... More

Today in Health Care Reform Punditry

David Brooks opposes the Senate health bill. Paul Krugman supports it. Meanwhile, liberals are in revolt over the idea that... More

What’s Behind the Drop in Obama’s Approval Ratings?

As Barack Obama’s approval ratings have declined over the last few months, the slide has often been explained as a... More

Great Detail from the Journal on Congressional Travel

About a week and a half ago, The New York Times ran a story about congressional junkets that are paid... More

Whose ‘Sexting’ Are We Really Worried About?

According to a study on “Teens and Sexting” released Tuesday by the Pew Internet & American Life Center, the practice—which... More

Nobody ‘Needs’ a Civil War

Friedman’s unnerving model for the conflict in the Muslim world

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman has a well-established record of believing that forceful action (read: violent conflict) is a... More

Say it Ain’t So, Joe

Online outlets lead coverage of Joe Lieberman’s health reform reversal

It became cliché long ago to note how the online political discourse can take on a life of its own,... More

Post Examines Unkept Promises in Afghanistan

The Washington Post’s Griff Witte has turned in some strong reporting from the Af-Pak region over the past week, including... More

Stimulus was not ‘Mostly an Infrastructure Spending Bill’

A story in today's Politico seeking to explain why John McCain has been so critical of Barack Obama since the... More

On Covering the Newspaper Business

One theme touched on in my interview with E&P’s Greg Mitchell today is, with the upcoming closure of that publication,... More

Q & A: Editor & Publisher’s Greg Mitchell

E&P’s editor-in-chief on the magazine’s sudden demise

The media industry received an unpleasant bit of news on Thursday: the magazine Editor & Publisher, which has covered the... More

LAT Delivers Reporting from Afghanistan

A footnote to my piece this morning lamenting the general lack of reporting out of Afghanistan over the last couple... More

Generally Speaking

Official pronouncements dominate recent coverage of Afghan war

Take a quick survey of leading news sites over the last few days, and it’s easy to conclude that President... More

Sex Isn’t the Story

The real controversy behind the Baucus-Hanes affair

“The scandal isn’t what’s illegal; it’s what’s legal.” That line, usually attributed to Michael Kinsley, has been repeated so often... More

Is Politico Really ‘New Media’?

Just because it’s online doesn’t mean it’s not old-fashioned

The official announcement today that Politico co-founder Jim VandeHei has been elected to the Pulitzer Prize Board went out of... More

Politico Takes On the ‘Tick-Tocks’

Mike Allen and Alexander Burns had an interesting piece at Politico yesterday on the art of the “tick-tock”—that staple of... More

West Point Reaction Roundup

Summarizing reactions to Obama’s Afghanistan speech

A new war strategy consists of more than a speech, of course. But President Obama’s address to cadets at West... 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


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

Bloggingheads

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

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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Questions and exercises for journalism students.