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Not Very Newhouse

Stale, familiar personality profiles won’t save glossy mags

The New York Times apparently wanted to keep us apprised of the State of the Glossy Mag this weekend. First,... More

Who’s a Winner?

Why candidates still talk about “winning” wars

In last Thursday’s Boston Globe, historian Howard Zinn wrote about the presidential candidates’ misleading uses of the word “win” when... More

The Candidate Said What?!

Google’s new video-search gadget not yet a boon to reporters, but it will be

Google packs a potential reportial punch with its new speech-to-text technology, which it announced Monday as its contribution to campaign... More

Awkward Page

AP’s “awkward” article on the candidates’ Hispanic outreach efforts

An AP article that got picked up yesterday, among other places, by The Miami Herald and the Arizona Daily Star... More

Freep Gives McCain Free Pass

The Detroit Free Press lets Sen. McCain talk (lots) for himself in its coverage of his speech on the economy... More

Please, Not All Laughs

The New York Times errs too light in an article about this morning's Women for Obama fundraising event, which both... More

The Write Stuff

Barack Obama is an excellent writer. Should it matter?

When, in late May, The New York Times’s book blog, Paper Cuts, posted a photograph of Barack Obama, his suit... More

Copy Cat

Marcus Boon turns the culture of copying on its head

In Praise of Copying | By Marcus Boon | Harvard University Press | 304 pages, $25.95 In the mythology section... More

Pilgrims or Progress?

A Harper’s editor’s stint as a cultural virologist

And Then There's This: How Stories Live and Die in Viral Culture | By Bill Wasik | Viking Press |... More

The Economy Today: Half a Loaf

News from Maine, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and elsewhere

In national headlines, USA Today notes that federal stimulus spending slowed last week compared to any weeks in May, and... More

The Economy Today: Stimulating Paperwork

News from Georgia, Montana, Nebraska, and elsewhere

In national headlines, USA Today reports that “less than one-half of 1%” of the money set aside for highway repair... More

The Economy Today: $8,000 in Produce?

News from Las Vegas, Oklahoma, California, and elsewhere

In national headlines, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that confidence in the stimulus package is ebbing, with 52... More

Rocky Road

Skepticism beats cheerleading in coverage of proposed consumer protection agency

As economists begin assessing the strength of President Obama’s plan to overhaul financial regulation, in particular the expansion of responsibility... More

The Economy Today: Flying Projectiles

News from Bend, Boulder, Redding, Dallas, and elsewhere

National headlines focus on President Obama’s proposal to reform financial regulation, which he laid out yesterday afternoon. The plan would... More

When Novelists Report

In the name of experimentation...send out novelists to report the news! Well, no, actually, it was in honor of Israel's... More

School’s Out

School budget uncertainties should inform national stimulus reporting

Over the past week, local papers have been reporting on the bureaucratic bottleneck of education stimulus funds at the state... 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


Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

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

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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