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Going Rogue Again: “Obama’s Wars” Preview a Distraction

All eyes on the publicity machine

Bob Woodward’s latest book, Obama’s Wars, has had the kind of publicity-filled day most authors can only dream of: send... More

Inside Gibbs’s Twitter Psyche

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs found his Twitter account going “haywire” earlier today after the social networking system was... More

Old Dog With New Tricks

PBS NewsHour launches new politics site

There’s been a lot of activity over at PBS NewsHour this past year. First came the jazzy makeover that saw... More

Tiles, the Issues Wheel, and the Ask America Van

Yahoo News’s hyper-interactive new midterm election site

Yahoo News’s recently launched “Ask America” site has an intro that comes at you like a Pixar rendering of Obama’s... More

Times Misfires With Ad Story, True Or Not

Front page story focuses on political maybes

You’ve probably read about the to-and-fro between the White House and the Times over today’s cover story, headlined “Obama Advisers... More

Q&A: Hawaii Political Reporter Dan Boylan

“It’s the most chaotic election we’ve ever had.”

Professor and political reporter Dan Boylan recently retired from teaching history at the University of Hawaii—West Oahu campus; but there’s... More

“Nice Ascot”: CNN Analyst’s New Fashion Line

Journalist, CNN talking head, and now runaway-ready clothes hanger Roland Martin has teamed with a company named Verse 9 Neckwear... More

O’Donnell Wins, GOP Loses, But Where Are The Voters?

A post-primary day wrap-up

It’s the morning after the last major round of primaries and a new political star is born in “dissident,” “little-known... More

Primary Day: A Reporter’s Eye View

Meet the journalists covering today’s big races

It’s a mini “Super Tuesday” for the nation’s top half today with midterm primaries being held in seven northern states:... More

O’Donnell: Seismic Quake Or Y2K Fizzer

Delaware’s not so calm before tomorrow’s primary storm

There are seven primaries being held in the north tomorrow. But in the national eye there may as well just... More

Q&A: New Hampshire’s James Pindell, political editor of WMUR.com

“I’m a political dork who went to college in Des Moines because of the Iowa caucuses.”

Political junkie James Pindell joined New Hampshire’s Hearst-owned TV station WMUR last Tuesday as its first official online political editor.... More

Q&A: Rhode Island Political Analyst Scott Mackay

“Patrick Kennedy could have won but it would have been a brutal race.”

After twenty-five years at The Providence Journal, Rhode Island reporter Scott Mackay moved to the state’s NPR affiliate, WRNI, in... More

Not Happy Sharron

Nevada journalist scorned by Angle on debate

The tussle between Sharron "earned media" Angle and the press continues. At 3.19 p.m. yesterday, Nevada journalist Jon Ralston received... More

AP: Media Voice of Reason?

Last month, the AP ran a “fact check” on the “Ground Zero Mosque” story and cautioned its reporters against the... More

“Mike, You Ignorant Slut.”

Politico’s new opinion writers should feel right at home

The Times announced today that former Florida congressman Morning Joe Scarborough will join Politico as one of the website’s first... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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