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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

If They Can’t Prove It, We Shouldn’t Say It

Stenography does not count as reporting

Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz has an interesting, if dispiriting, column out today in which he acknowledges some sobering... More

More Details on Blackwater’s Role

Should’ve flagged this much earlier: James Risen and Mark Mazzetti’s front-page story in today’s New York Times, chock-full of juicy... More

Why Obama’s statement on reporters’ arrests in Ferguson is hypocritical - The president defends reporters in Ferguson, but demands compliance from James Risen

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

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’

First Look runs headlong into journalism’s two big problems - Growing pains at the Omidyar/Greenwald venture


The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Tour guide wars at a Paris cemetery (WSJ)

“Because dead men tell no tales, visitors to Père Lachaise cemetery lend their ears to Bertrand Beyern”

Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

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