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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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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