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Boehner Monologue Called Out

Reporting on political theater? Acknowledge the theatrical

Seems a lot of people are talking about the speech John Boehner gave today in Ohio—the supposedly candidate-defining oration we... More

Florida, Florida, Florida!

The inside/out take on Florida’s primary

The story on the recount state’s primary even before a single vote has been counted seems to be: we got... More

Post-Election Analysis, Pre-Election

Where to find Arizona’s primary story so far

It’s primary day in the Grand Canyon state tomorrow, and no one’s exactly riveted. All eyes are on a senate... More

An Afghan In-flight Has Lessons to Teach

The Journal’s Michael M. Phillips’s “An Airline Magazine That Makes Travelers Want to Pull the Rip Cord” is an interesting... More

Exterminate! Exterminate!

They’re in your bed! They’re in your cinema chair! They’re chewing on the Brooklyn district attorney! They’re even flitting around... More

Obama Not Muslim, Islam Not Bad

Yesterday’s survey results suggest coverage of Islam could be better

The Pew Research Center Survey Report showing more Americans than ever believe President Obama is a Muslim is disheartening, outraging,... More

A Picture With Your Thousand Words

In a trend we’re not sure we’d like to see extended to our own newsroom, The Orange County Register will... More

Jay Rosen in Oz: Horse-Race Journalism an “International Phenom”

Don’t tell us who’s going to win our vote, help us decide whom to vote for

Last week I wrote about the political differences between Australia and the U.S.; specifically, the perils of drawing any too... More

New York’s Too-Hip Times

Well, the gray lady has successfully shaken off its stodgy rep. A little too successfully it would appear. The Times’s... More

Where Snark Can Do Some Good

A Politico satire eerily like the real thing

Hats off to the very clever Roger Simon, Politico’s chief political columnist. He got me good this morning with this... More

Takeaways from Week One of the Petraeus Press Blitz

Four things we learned from the General this weekend

The latest Petraeus media blitz began Sunday with NBC’s special edition of Meet The Press from Afghanistan. It continued today... More

Statistician Says Obama’s Mosque Comments Not So Risky

Nate Silver praises a Fox News poll

Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight has an interesting take on Obama’s “risky” speech on the proposed community center and mosque near... More

Q & A: New York Times Reporter Michael Powell, Part Two

“As you continue to mature intellectually, you start to become much more comfortable in gray.”

The New York Times’s Michael Powell leapt from the metro pages to the business section this May—a place he never... More

Sloppy Journalism Might Rate a Warning Sticker

Warning: This article is just a highlights reel of a much funnier person’s—U.K. comedian Tom Scott’s—recent blog post. But hey,... More

Q & A: New York Times Reporter Michael Powell

“My tendency is to want to go longer, to zig rather than zag.”

The New York Times’s Michael Powell leapt from the metro pages to the business section this May—a place he never... 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”

Bloggingheads

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

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