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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

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


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

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.”

Bloggingheads

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

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