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The Century Mark

Let’s go substantive on 100-day coverage

President Barack Obama’s hundredth day in office is approaching, and, as Howard Kurtz wrote on Friday (a.k.a. Day 95), it’s... More

Mortgage Defaults Beyond the Numbers

Chronicle reports the figures, LAT goes deeper

Yesterday, a San Diego real estate information service called MDA DataQuick released numbers that show a rising number of mortgage... More

To America, With Love, Signed Barack Obama

NYT too wide-eyed on White House mailman story

The New York Times had a sweet story yesterday about Mike Kelleher, the White House mailman (official title: Director of... More

Budget Balancing Acts

LAT zooms in on California’s Props 1D and 1E

A Los Angeles Times article today discusses two propositions that will appear on the state’s May 19 special election ballot,... More

Omnipresence, That Irritating Thing

Roger Simon’s problem with Obama’s ubiquity

On the scale of one to ten of irritating things that a president might do while dealing with an economic... More

A-Pirate Hunting We Go?

Bad-guy commentary is too easy, limits public discourse

Spike TV is really happy it has a pirate show in the works. After the dramatic rescue of Captain Richard... More

Painting by Polling Number

WaPo’s Gerson depicts wide partisan gap, misses bigger picture

Former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson has a column up at The Washington Post arguing that Obama isn’t delivering on his... More

Reporting Celebrity

Press loses context, glosses Obamas’ popularity in Europe

As the Obamas swept across Europe late last week and this weekend, they left some very glittery, starry-eyed reports behind... More

Sticking It to Detroit

HuffPo, others fixate on an autos vs. banks narrative

Yesterday, after President Barack Obama announced the relatively tough terms of his auto industry bailout, reporters were quick to compare... More

Branding Gillibrand

NYT sketches with too loose a hand on NY senator and big tobacco story

The New York Times today has a big story about junior New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand that suffers from tunnel... More

The ‘Professor’ Calms the Crowd

Press works (and reworks) the outrage narrative

Last week saw a massive buildup of stories about public outrage at the AIG bonuses and Obama’s attempts—through a slew... More

The Chuckle-Monster

Headlines turn the president’s laugh into a “gaffe”

Steve Kroft’s Sunday night interview with President Obama covered substantive things, like Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s bank rescue plan, which... More

Have Words. Will Choose.

Put on your Friday meditative hats; music criticism could be headed in a Zen direction. Ben Sisario, writing for the... More

Day To-day

Today marks the last day for NPR's "Day to Day," the L.A.-area daily news magazine hosted by Madeleine Brand. Kevin... More

Aisle Love You Forever

They say shopping carts (and contents therein) are the way into a reader's soul. (Don't they?) Well, the New York... 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


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.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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