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WTF! Where’s My Callback?

There’s time for a laugh in Albany

Anyone who spends their time at a computer knows the joy of the witty e-mail exchange. And Albany's press bubble... More

“I will separate his head from his body”

Communications director wants to plug leak with machete

It seems Governor Paterson’s communications director Peter Kauffmann has a bit of the Rahm Emanuel in him, if this e-mail... More

How To Leak A Political Scoop

It starts with an e-mail…

How exactly do inside sources leak information to political reporters? Let Paterson communications director Peter Kauffmann show you. It all... More

“Not Putting This In An Email”

She must have known

Perhaps Albany reporter Elizabeth Benjamin had an inkling that Governor Paterson’s communications director Peter Kauffmann’s e-mails would one day go... More

Salon’s Top 30 Hacks List Hits Hard

So we were mostly out of the office when Salon published “The War Room Hack Thirty,” a list of what... More

WikiPublishers Face Their Readers

Times and Guardian Answer Questions on Leaks

The two English-language newspapers given early access to the WikiLeaks diplomatic cable dump have published two very different Q&As with... More

Spy vs. Spy

Times and Guardian differ on WikiLeaks “spying” revelations

The New York Times copped flak in October for what some perceived to be a watered-down reporting of the WikiLeaks... More

Reporting on Al-Qaeda’s English-Language Magazine

Proceed with caution

Amid all the news about TSA scanners and full-body pat-downs this past week came a reminder of why the government... More

The Biggest Fish in Albany?

Liz Benjamin’s multimedia rise

On one of her first days at Capital Tonight, the nightly political program she began hosting this year on New... More

I Have No Strings

Nicky Diaz back in the news, with her backers

You’ll recall straw-that-broke-the-CEO’s-back Nicky Diaz Santillan, the former housekeeper to California’s unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman. Diaz Santillan made well-orchestrated... More

Schwarzenegger a Rotten Tomato?

Golden State critics give governor the thumbs down

For an action star who built a career out of mispronouncing words and blowing stuff up, Arnold Schwarzenegger didn’t do... More

“WalmartAd” Ghost in the Daily Beast/Fox Machine

We don’t want to kick anyone for what’s essentially a technical glitch—there but for the grace of choose-your-God go I—but... More

Palin Critiques Lamestream Media in Lamestream Media

Shows how to not meet the press

Prolific political reporter Robert Draper has a 7,720-word piece on Sarah Palin in this weekend’s New York Times magazine, which,... More

Support Injured Photographer João Silva

Last month, New York Times-contracted photographer João Silva stepped on a landmine near the southern Afghan town of Arghandab. Silva... More

Jim VandeHei Talks Politico Pro

“We’re going to dig really deep… really cover what’s happening.”

Politico has just announced it will be launching a subscriber service, Politico Pro, next February. According to a press release,... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

Bloggingheads

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

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