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What Does “Urban Modern” Editing Look Like?

The big news in New York Times Magazine editor Gerald Marzorati’s pre-Labor Day Q&A with readers was the jaw-dropping price... More

Reshuffling the Senate

Strong Politico piece takes stock of Senate moves

I was somewhat critical of a David Rogers article earlier this week, but his Politico piece today on the shuffling... More

Sultan Munadi, RIP

A week before he was killed during a commando raid that freed his colleague, New York Times reporter Stephen Farrell,... More

Barack Obama, Media Critic

On Obama’s remarks at the Cronkite memorial service

Maybe, if this whole presidency thing doesn’t work out, Barack Obama can land a Nieman fellowship. As you’ve probably heard,... More

Schooling the President

In ‘91, Bush spoke, students listened, the Post snarked

When conservative foot-soldiers began to kick up a storm last week about President Barack Obama’s plans to deliver a manipulative,... More

What a Speech Can’t Do

The president thinks he can persuade people. He’s probably wrong.

Tonight, if a recent Pew Research Center poll is to be believed, a massive television audience will tune in to... More

Stuck with the Senate

Why it makes sense for Obama to focus on the upper house

American health care system is in need of reform. Does President Barack Obama’s job consist of finding a way to... More

The People Have Spoken

Can presidents sway public opinion on divisive domestic issues?

A few weeks ago, in the course of arguing that the press was overemphasizing the role President Barack Obama could... More

BBC Reports on a Row in Afghanistan

So it seems the Obama administration has some concerns about the election in Afghanistan. From the BBC*: The US special... More

A Model for Sustainable Journalism, Discovered

Matthew Yglesias is moved by one of those "only-in-Japan" stories to ponder the future of journalism: I also have the... More

TNR Takes a Walk Down ‘The Avenue’

To readers who follow the idiosyncracies of the political journalism world, the most notable feature of the The New Republic’s... More

Stars and Stripes: Military Profiling Reporters

At The Washington Independent, Spencer Ackerman flags a pair of stories from Stars and Stripes reporting that journalists who seek... More

A Solid Piece on Afghan Politics

Times shines a light on Karzai’s circle

We’ve been asking recently for more reporting that contextualizes the turbulent political situation in Afghanistan, and explores what that situation... More

The Times Magazine Drops its 13,000-Word Story

When New York Times Magazine editor Gerald Marzorati, in the course of pondering the future of long-form journalism in a... More

Election? What Election?

Debate on Afghanistan should reflect their politics, too

Scott Wilson and Joshua Partlow had a front-page story in The Washington Post yesterday that explored the “political test” President... More

The Right Way to Say Goodbye

The conservative blogosphere remembers Ted Kennedy

As obituaries published today by major newspapers make clear, Edward Kennedy, the senior senator from Massachusetts who died of brain... More

The Waiting Game

No election results in Afghanistan, but plenty of stories

After a fair bit of media buildup, the presidential election in Afghanistan passed fairly quietly last week. Violence was lower... More

Some Rationality on Medical Rationing

Times takes on health care fears again

Last Friday, The New York Times fronted a feature by Kevin Sack about seniors down south who are skeptical about... More

The NYT’s Too-Polite Headlines

What’s up with the milquetoast headline writers at The New York Times? Two weeks ago, when reporters Jim Rutenberg and... More

Drowning in the Days

New Post feature tracks Obama’s every move

The political junkie’s pastime of obsessively following Barack Obama’s movements took a more quantitative turn this week, as The Washington... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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