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Q&A: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Political Reporters

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel won the Pulitzer for local reporting in April for the second time in three years. It’s... More

The Case For The Confusing Headline

The Baltimore Sun reports today that a front page headline featuring the word “limn” drew some rather confounded feedback from... More

All Eyes on the Horse Race

Ease up on the poll-craziness

In the September/October edition of the Columbia Journalism Review we awarded a laurel to the Lincoln Journal-Star for its Epilogue... More

Sham Candidate Story Misses a Key Voice

Where’s the real Green Party?

Fascinating story from the Times’s Marc Lacey on sham candidates running for the Green Party in Tempe, Arizona. Sham candidates,... More

Q & A: Politico’s Maggie Haberman

“One of the best things that has happened for Charlie Rangel is that his biggest enemy is the New York Post.”

Maggie Haberman covered New York politics for over a decade at the New York Post, with a three-and-a-half-year stint at... More

Iraq’s Alternate Endings

The papers on Obama’s Iraq address

According to the White House, last might marked the end of the Iraq War and the fulfilment of a promise... More

“Electoral Armageddon” For Dems

Poll sets tongues wagging, knees shaking

Gallup’s latest polling on the Generic Ballot—which measures whether registered voters would rather vote for a Republican or Democrat in... More

Q&A: The Washington Post’s Chief Maryland Reporter, John Wagner

“If the Republican wins in Maryland then it’s going to be a big night for Republicans in the country.”

After stalking John Edwards as part of the Raleigh News and Observer’s Washington bureau, reporter John Wagner moved to The... More

The Glenn Beck Numbers Game

The number matters, but which number?

With no official headcounter at the National Mall, Glenn Beck’s determinedly non-political “Restoring Honor” rally has the media dusting off... More

HuffPo a Stripper Wearing Reading Glasses?

One of the glories of the digital age—at least for those who wish Elizabeth Taylor had have been able to... More

A Profile Written Through Tweets

File this under: Why Didn’t I Think of That? Yesterday Slate published a pretty fab profile of manic, press-averse rap... More

Mehlman Comes Out

And the press reacts

The NFL’s David Kopay broke sports barriers when he came out of the closet in 1975; Martina Navratilova did the... More

Tuesday’s “Shocking,” “Surprising,” “Stunning” Primary Results

The night that defied and confirmed the media’s expectations

Read the paper today? If you did, you’ll see yesterday’s primary results were a victory for incumbents, anti-incumbents, the establishment,... More

Six Steps to Build a Faux News Story

D.C.-based journo Julian Sanchez has articulated what many of us have been thinking for the last few years: that there... More

Mitt Romney’s Tousled Hair

The Globe’s early look at the candidate’s changed style

Just over two months out from the midterms and The Boston Globe is already restlessly fixating on 2012. Yep, the... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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