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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

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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