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Checking In on The Daily Beast

The Daily Beast launched just about a year ago, at a historical moment when news opportunities were extraordinarily rich and... More

Q & A: Los Angeles Times Reporter Borzou Daragahi

The paper’s Beirut bureau chief talks about the situation in Iran

When political unrest erupted in Iran earlier this year in the wake of a disputed presidential election, Borzou Daragahi had... More

All Obama, All the Time

The chatter about the potential political consequences of our president’s “overexposure” is mostly pointless, but still—the media’s appetite for Obama-related... More

WaPo’s Facebook Fixation

When I saw this story about twenty-somethings who (gasp!) don’t use Facebook featured on The Washington Post Web site this... More

Just the Facts—But From Whom?

NYT outsources fact-checking responsibility

Today’s New York Times includes a profile of Michele Bachmann, the conservative congresswoman from Minnesota whom Sean Hannity has called,... More

McClatchy v. WaPo

Two stories on Afghan intel disputes, two diametrically opposed conclusions

Earlier this week, McClatchy’s D.C. bureau published a story relaying the concerns of “more than 15 senior and mid-level U.S.... More

Joe Lieberman, What Have You Wrought?

The groan-worthy headline on a story by Patrick O'Connor and Chris Frates in Politico today: "No Snowementum: Centrist Democrats still... More

Not the ‘Obama’s Overexposed’ Story Again…

My memory of the media world isn’t long enough to know whether respected print organizations were publishing “analyses” like this... More

Which Is It, NYT?

Times piece on pay cuts contradicts earlier story

The other day, Kevin Drum noted how confusing it can be for readers when two different papers report substantially different... More

Two Takes on a ‘Tent City’ in Tampa

During my year in journalism school, I took an elective class in land use law—zoning, planning, variances, that sort of... More

Hire That Commenter as a Copy-Editor!

While The Washington Post’s Saturday editorial is far from the most tendentious thing written on the already-tired topic of Barack... More

Strong Reporting on DNA Waivers from the Post

Like Jonathan Adler, I was unaware of a policy that requires some federal defendants to waive their rights to DNA... More

There’s the Special-Interest Lobbying We Were Waiting For

A David Herszenhorn “Prescriptions” piece in today’s New York Times (which, oddly, I can’t find online) has some interesting things... More

Journalism, Liberalism, Elitism

I’m not going to jump directly into the fray of responses to my former professor Tom Edsall’s CJR piece about... More

Europe Reacts to Obama’s Nobel

Conservative disbelief, liberal dismay

The Nobel Committee’s decision to award a rather, er, premature Peace Prize to Barack Obama has been greeted with skepticism... More

A Nation Turns Its Eyes to… Sarah Palin’s Facebook Page

It seemed peculiar the other day when Politico’s Ben Smith devoted a post on his widely-read blog to Sarah Palin’s... More

Czar Talk

Is there any substance to the criticism of Obama’s “czars”?

Criticism of some political journalism as “stenography” is sometimes misplaced—part of reporting really is writing down the things that people... More

More Thoughts on McCaughey

For those interested in the Betsy McCaughey saga, Andrew Sullivan has a blog post up today, titled “McCaughey and Me,”... More

Target Practice

The pros and cons of blasting Betsy McCaughey

Former New York lieutenant governor Betsy McCaughey has been much in the news the last few days, and she’s been... More

Fact-checking Saturday Night Live

At Politico, Michael Calderone has some fun at the expense of CNN, which took the time to fact-check this week’s... More

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

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

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’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

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

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