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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

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news


The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”

Bloggingheads

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

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