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Let’s Talk About Sex(ism)

How the media handled gender during the campaign

It’s by now understood that sexism, in some form, lodged itself into the gears of this election cycle from the... More

How We Talked About It, Part II

The Boston Globe asks the wrong question about racism in America

The front page of today’s Boston Globe has an inexplicably simplistic article innocuously titled, “Checking racism’s postelection pulse.” In it,... More

On EBay, Print Runs and (Good) Old News

A tidbit from this Editor & Publisher article about papers ordering extra print runs of Wednesday's editions: Other papers are... More

Prop 8 by the Numbers

Strong previous reporting let the numbers speak for themselves

The California press has done a pretty good job covering the fierce battle over Proposition 8, the same-sex marriage ban,... More

More For Everyone

You've probably read (or seen) the newspaper scarcity reports. (Who says print's dead?) From the San Diego Union-Tribune: Due to... More

How We Talked About It

Commentators report the symbolism of Obama’s victory

In his concession speech last night, John McCain emphasized the significance of his opponent’s presidential victory by invoking a different... More

Wordtrain, Daisychain

"What One Word Describes Your Current State of Mind?" The New York Times asks, via an Election Wordtrain that operates... More

Crowd Counts

For better or for worse, numbers evoke as well as inform. Beware.

Discussing the Obama campaign’s proclivity for announcing the crowd counts at its rallies, The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank today says... More

Sarah Palin’s Conditional Future

Speculation runs rampant, but reporters shouldn’t buy in

Of late, Sarah Palin has been showing a more independent mind on the stump. She’s been at odds with the... More

Going Ideological

McCain’s “most liberal” claim should be unpacked

The Boston Globe runs an article today entitled: “McCain calls liberals a threat to economy.” The source quote for the... More

Let’s Leave Jesus Out of It

Stanley Fish brings up Milton to explain campaign strategy

Today’s Bob Herbert column in The New York Times compares McCain to an Al Jolson aficionado and Obama to the... More

Clearing Up Yes and No

California papers wade through Prop 8 terminology

In California, the battle continues over Proposition 8, which would ban same-sex marriages, overturning the California Supreme Court’s May ruling... More

The Horse’s Mouth

Campaign rally stories should be careful describing the supporter ranks

Here’s a cardinal rule of journalistic writing: Don’t float a quote. But the San Francisco Chronicle does just that, in... More

The Most Importantest Election Ever

In The American Scholar, Christopher Clausen investigates the phrase that comes 'round and 'round. He starts in July 1864, when... More

I Spur, You Spur, We All Spur

Andrew Sullivan, in the new Atlantic, explains why he blogs: Each week, after a few hundred posts, I also write... 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


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

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