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Parker/Spitzer: Countdown to Divorce

Confession: I probably should have been glued to CNN last night for the debut of the channel's new rom-com talking-heads... More

Not the Nightly News

New York’s cable news piece shows cable’s given up on news

There seems to be an uptick in big-magazine-takes-on-the-cable-TV-phenom stories lately, and Gabriel Sherman’s New York piece today, “Chasing Fox,” is... More

Whitman’s Nanny-gate, Day Two

California’s papers take on a new media frenzy

Big new media players owned the Meg Whitman housekeeper scandal that exploded on the West Coast yesterday, “rocking” and “shaking”... More

Anderson Cooper’s Latest Adventure: Daytime

Media Decoder’s Brian Stelter is reporting that Roger Sterling Anderson Cooper will host a light-hearted daytime talk show starting next... More

Silverstein’s Farewell Note

Harper’s Ken Silverstein wrote a final post on his Washington Babylon blog today—he’s leaving his position as the magazine’s Washington... More

The Lawrence O’Donnell Twilight Zone

In what might be one of the strangest cable interviews of this year (okay, perhaps just this week), Levi Johnston... More

Red Alert At The Guardian

The Guardian has been a leader in creating informative, dynamic, and useful online interactives—their timeline of IED attacks in Afghanistan... More

Like a Rolling Stone

Jann Wenner asks the president about that McChrystal profile

The magazine that got General McChrystal fired comes at us next month with another Obama cover, this one bearing a... More

Unmet Promises in Times Front Page Story

Putting readers to work on negative ads

Last Friday we sang the praises of the Times magazine’s story on the Connecticut Senate race; today, alas, a... More

Guardian Quashes Alien Ambassador Story

What a difference an e-mail makes. The world got a little overexcited this weekend when it was reported that the... More

To Read This Weekend

The Times’s Matt Bai’s Excellent Connecticut Piece

One of the problems with an election cycle like the current one, in which so many local races are fascinating... More

Journalism in Jeopardy

Last night’s Jeopardy has some journalists buzzing today: along with two of the more usual suspects we see on the... More

Toronto Sun: Sorry About That Nazi Thing

As apologies go, this was a doozy. The Toronto Sun published a retraction and apology last Saturday after its columnist... More

What To Do with the “Pledge to America”?

“Front it!” says the media

Today’s morning papers were full of reports on the “Pledge to America,” the long-awaited sequel to 1994’s Congress-winning smash, the... More

Q&A: This Week Host Christiane Amanpour

The move to Sunday morning, her critics, and reporting in a new age

Christiane Amanpour has been sitting at the newly refurbished This Week desk for nearly two months now. While some reviewers... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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