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Election Night Bingo

As my colleague Greg Marx has pointed out in the past, political science can get short shrift in political journalism.... More

Midterms Metaphor Madness

A primer on the cycle’s language of disaster

This week’s elections have headline writers reaching for just the right metaphors to characterize the coming Republican gain. For inspiration,... More

On Spec

A roundup of pre-election guesswork

Among the expected slew of same-same “Expect Big GOP Gains” stories running nationally today, there is a smaller cabal... More

Missing Number in TV vs. Web Ads Story

Los Angeles Times a puzzle piece short

Meg James at the Los Angeles Times has an interesting report today, titled “TV still the favored medium for political... More

Keeping Up With Chuck Todd

“I’m in a business where I’m not allowed to miss right now”

It’s 6:50 a.m. on a drizzling New York morning and Chuck Todd is standing behind a wall on the cluttered... More

Time’s Missed Midterms Opportunity

Cover story rehash is fun, but…

Time’s splashy pre-election cover story is in many ways a doozy. Penned by David Von Drehle, “The Party Crashers”—a... More

On the Road with the Post

The voters finally meet the press

The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker is into day two of an interesting midterm series: Seven States in Seven Days. The... More

Lauer Cops it for “Dimwit” Question in California

Plays cheap with Whitman and Brown

Spectacular bit of political theater yesterday in California, if you like that sorta thing. And a certain big name TV... More

Applebaum’s Stewart Rally Stretch

A weak cry for centrism

Still scratching my head after reading columnist Anne Applebaum’s op-ed in The Washington Post Monday. The piece is essentially an... More

Q & A: War Photographer Moises Saman

“If you do this long enough, you will eventually find yourself in a bad situation”

Freelance photographer Moises Saman’s pictures from Iraq made the cover of The New York Times both days last weekend. Taken... More

A WikiLeaks Question for Journalists from Robert Fisk

Do document dumps put journo jobs in danger?

The Iraq War Logs don’t seem to have hit here as hard as their much smaller predecessor—WikiLeaks fatigue? Friday... More

The Sims: Jon Stewart Rally Edition

Wow. Taiwan’s NMA.tv is at it again, tackling the upcoming Jon Stewart rally in spectacular Sims-like animated fashion. As Mediaite... More

Greenwald Gets It on WikiLeaks Coverage

Salon media critic Glenn Greenwald hammers at a point we mentioned in our first read of the WikiLeaks coverage on... More

Times’s Act Two Profile of Assange

A revealing follow-up to The New Yorker

Raffi Khatchadourian’s profile of Julian Assange for The New Yorker back in June—before the Afghanistan and Iraq war logs dumps—is... More

High Times

Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez had an interesting journalist-as-subject piece in that paper on Wednesday—an enviable assignment for some... 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


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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