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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

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


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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