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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

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


Why Felix Salmon is joining Fusion

“The core of what I do at Fusion will be post-text”

The top spook’s stupid gag order

The nation’s top spy has prohibited all of his spies from talking with reporters about “intelligence-related information” unless officially authorized to speak

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Andrew Sullivan on the new Slate+

Why liberals have fallen for Thomas Piketty

The French economist gives the American left a sturdy framework for its economic ideas

The greatest threat to women

Louis CK is nonplussed at how ladies do it

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