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Bin Laden Unnerved by al Qaeda Magazine

ProPublica’s Sebastian Rotella has spoken to “two U.S. officials familiar with material seized during the raid that killed bin Laden”... More

Australian Media CEO’s Embarrassing Memo Mistake

Confirming eighty-two firings with “track changes” in place

What could be more embarrassing to a reporter than the incident from a couple of months ago when The Washington... More

A 60 Percent Osama Bump?

New approval rating raises a flap

An interesting debate about polling samples is underway this afternoon in the wake of a very encouraging new set of... More

Morning Joe Puts Madoff on the Couch

My colleague Curtis Brainard has written about the media’s inclination to offer loose psychological evaluations of high profile meltdown types... More

A Mining Disaster Follow-up Follows the Money

L.A. Times’s revealing report on inaction after the WV coal mine explosion

A belated laurel to the Los Angeles Times team of Kim Geiger, Tom Hamburger, and Doug Smith, of the paper’s... More

Tina, Tina Everywhere

Peter Stevenson’s 5,000-word New York Times magazine profile of wunderkind “editrix” Tina Brown is a well-written, well-reported, breezy-enough read. It’s... More

The Royals Ban Satirical Coverage of Kate and Wills’ Big Day

A video feed rule change and CJR’s call for a royal boycott

Finally, CJR finds a Royal Wedding angle. It comes to us all the way from Sydney, Australia, where the national... More

AP and Guild Reach Tentative Deal

Wait to see if workers agree on 401(k)-style pension plan

A little slow getting to this, but as of Friday the Associated Press and the News Media Guild, which represents... More

The Guantánamo Files

A roundup of the latest WikiLeaks dump

A cache of 759 files leaked by WikiLeaks to ten news partners—and subsequently leaked to three non-partner outlets—is the fourth... More

Testing the Truth-o-Meter

PolitiFact’s editor on those fiery pants

I never thought I’d hear a grown man say he was “comfortable that ‘pants on fire’ was the right... More

Tributes from Colleagues to Killed War Photographers

With the news that documentarian and photographer Tim Hetherington died yesterday in Libya, and, later, the confirmation that photographer... More

Misinformation On Killed and Injured Photographers

Sad news brings a lesson on caution

There has been much confusion in the wake of reports that documentary filmmaker Tim Hetherington was killed today in... More

HuffPo Strong on North Carolina Benefits Expiring

Arthur Delaney’s solid unemployment reporting

The Huffington Post’s Arthur Delaney has been doing some solid work following an important unemployment and budget story out... More

Presidential “Outburst” Much Ado About Nothing

But Obama could have offered alternative critique

The magical algorithms that rank the importance and popularity of the day’s political stories at the website Memeorandum had... More

James O’Keefe’s Bizarre (and brilliant?) Landrieu Dance

Say what you will about James O’Keefe, the videographer and self-described journalist famous for his ACORN and NPR stings,... 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”

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