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Reporting the Drug War

LAT’s commendable multimedia effort on Mexico’s drug war

Props to the Los Angeles Times for its ongoing series, “Mexico under Siege,” which examines the complexities of that country’s... More

Sweet Caroline

Skepticism is a journalistic golden rule. Don’t banish it now.

Now that Caroline Kennedy has announced her intention to seek the Senate seat expected to be vacated by Hillary Clinton,... More

Yale Endowment Drops…How Much?

Oh, the joy of headlines, especially when they're about shrinking endowments at Ivy League universities. The New York Times trumpets... More

The Size Tens Seen around the World

International headlines focus less on the act, more on the significance of the insult

President Bush’s response to having a pair of shoes thrown at him by Iraqi journalist Muntader al-Zaidi during a press... More

Patrick Fitzgerald, a.k.a. Folk Hero?

A New York Times profile of smokin’ hot U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald proclaims in its title: “Fond Ties Have Grown... More

The Day after the Blago Arrest

Chicago media get vocal on the gubernatorial scandal

After yesterday’s federal court hearing in which Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff John Harris heard the... More

Don’t Leave the Energy Department Out of It

Tell readers where the auto bailout money will come from

Have you heard about the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program? It’s a recently created Department of Energy loan program... More

Salting the Sweets

WaPo basks in the glow of Obama’s health care mobilization effort

A front page Washington Post story yesterday gets excited about the fact that Obama’s incoming administration is beginning to implement... More

In Which Hillary Says Yes and Kevin Drum Eats His Hat

On the subject of Hillary Clinton being chosen as/agreeing to be Obama's Secretary of State, Kevin Drum, of Mother Jones,... More

More on the Mommy Stamp

WaPo columnist frets about Michelle Obama’s mom-in-chief self-label

Earlier today, Megan wrote about the unfortunate “momification” of Michelle Obama in the press, and focused on a Monday New... More

Election Postmortem: Technology and the Press

Don’t fetishize technology

The 2008 presidential campaign found the political press embracing technology and interactivity like never before. (Or, at least, attempting to... More

Today is the Day

Today, apparently, is World Toilet Day. And lest you forget about what that means, science writer Margaret Wertheim lays it... More

Palin As Entertainment

Don’t put stories about Palin’s recent interviews in the politics page

Alessandra Stanley, television critic for The New York Times, writes yesterday morning about Sarah Palin’s modus operandi during her post-election,... More

The First Lady’s Sitting Room

WaPo couches First Ladies’ meeting too delicately

Press and public alike watched intently as the Obamas visited the White House Monday afternoon. But unlike The New York... More

Victory Laps

Columnists unleash poetics in the service of the historic moment

If there was ever an extended moment to go wild as an opinion columnist, like a child with crayons and... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Awareness, #Awareness, and Ray Rice (The Classical)

The coverage of Ray Rice’s punch is not translating into offering information on domestic violence

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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