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Uncivil Wars

The president should be more civil, whatever that means

With Wednesday’s deficit speech and Thursday night’s leaked comments about “sneak”-ing through agendas and Paul Ryan not being “on... More

Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced—and the Journal’s One of Them

The Wall Street Journal has won its first Pulitzer since Rupert Murdoch took over the paper in 2007. The award... More

Conservatives Get Colorful on Obama’s Deficit Speech

More subdued libs are mostly pleased

The president’s speech yesterday was notable to my ears for two things: the surprisingly direct attack on Rep. Paul... More

Missed Correction: Times slow to fix H.I.V. budget error

Is the Times saving a budget correction for a rainy day? In a strongly worded editorial published in Wednesday’s paper,... More

Two Non-Plans for the Deficit

Slate and Times op-eds suggest Obama slack off

Relatively vague previews of the president’s big deficit speech today suggest he will tout cuts to Medicare, limits on... More

Hugh Grant’s Latest Role: Foppish Muckraker

Floppy-haired charmer Hugh Grant turns his hand to journalism in the latest issue of English left-leaner The New Statesman. The... More

AP Staffers Picket Bureaus Across The Country (UPDATED)

Frustrations on the rise over pension impasse

AP staffers in thirty-nine bureaus across the country picketed outside their bureau offices early this week, pressuring the news wire... More

Q&A with NPR Ombudswoman Alicia Shepard (UPDATED)

“This is really the first time in NPR’s grown-up history that it’s been under siege.”

When Alicia Shepard became NPR’s ombudswoman in October 2007, she knew there would be challenges—public broadcasters are always going... More

Politico’s David Rogers Owning the Budget Beat

First stop in following the negotiations

Is there anyone doing as good a job tracking federal budget negotiations as Politico’s David Rogers? The man’s been a... More

Glenn Beck Going Back to Silversmithing?

Beck explains why he’s jumping off the horse

First: a confession. I have not been a particularly diligent media reporter where Glenn Beck is concerned. In fact,... More

New York Has Clarity on the Ryan Budget

A quick thank you to Dan Amira of New York magazine’s Daily Intel blog, who has published just the... More

Some Clarity Amid Budget Proposal Confusion

Jon Ward breaks down the Obama and Ryan numbers

Paul Ryan’s budget proposal—described as “radical” by some and hailed by others as if fresh from the summit of... More

The Littlest Press Shop

Sacramento reporters like Brown’s scaled-back press approach; mostly

Just five days into his latest term in the Sacramento statehouse, California governor Jerry Brown announced that he was cutting... More

Ryan’s Whopper $4 Trillion

Where it will come from and what it might mean

House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) visited Fox News Sunday this weekend and confirmed last week’s reporting suggesting a... More

Times Has Giffords’ Impact on Arizona Senate Race

But we have to keep some perspective here

In some ways it feels morbid to urge caution for those envisioning a swift fairytale return to politics for... 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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