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Times’s Solid Report on Failed Mortgage Rescue Programs

An economic calamity and its human faces

A must-read A1 story in The New York Times today digs into the multi-level failings of President Obama’s foreclosure rescue... More

Sims: White House Edition

The National Journal has news graphics lovers oooing and ahhing today with an impressive interactive map of the West Wing.... More

Obama Leaves the Pundits Wanting More

Libya speech did little to clear up the unclear

If the president had hoped last night’s speech would quash claims that the purpose and objective of our intervention... More

The Government’s Shutting Down (Maybe)

But what does that mean?

The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that the White House and Democrats in Congress have come up with about... More

Governor’s Inbox Puts Deputy Prosecutor Out (Updated)

Walker’s e-mails give Wisconsin watchdog a story

A young Indiana deputy prosecutor has resigned after an interesting journalistic project sprung from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s release of... More

Steve Inskeep Stands Up for NPR

Challenges notion that network is “liberal” in WSJ

The NPR board may have buckled under the pressure of James O’Keefe’s faux scandal, but weeks after the Schillers... More

Four Times Journalists Recall Captivity in Libya

There is much to shock and rattle you in today’s first-hand account from the New York Times journalists captured—and now... More

WaPo and Times Go Softly, Softly with Barbour

Similar profiles tell similar tales

Pity poor Tim Pawlenty. The day after the former Minnesota governor made a shallow splash announcing his presidential exploratory... More

Pawlenty Just Announced: Quick, Say Something

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty yesterday announced that he was forming a presidential exploratory committee, making him the first... More

The Cancer Report

Journalists who wrote on—and through—their disease

Followers of Leroy Sievers’s “My Cancer” blog knew its expected end approached when Sievers published an entry titled “The... More

Juan Williams’ Weak Call to Defund NPR

Ex-employee’s latest attack proves toothless

In a disingenuous column published in The Hill today, onetime NPR news analyst Juan Williams argues that his former employer... More

War Is A Worry, Not Just the Liberal Ones

A look at Ross Douthat’s take on Libya

Two heavy hitters from the left and right are struggling with the weekend’s (aerial) incursion into Libya. Both the Times’s... More

Bill to Defund NPR Passes House Vote

White House needs to come out stronger

It’s been a busy twenty-four hours on the “defund NPR” beat. Yesterday, the House Rules Committee convened an emergency... More

Pew’s Spin Through the Online Midterm News Cycle

Survey shows where we got our 2010 campaign news

Reading through comment streams during last year’s midterms, one often had to ask: Where are people getting their “information”... More

WikiLeaks Cables Used to Dig on Japan Quake

An interesting development on the media front of the Japan quake-tsunami-nuclear disaster: some British newspapers are using WikiLeaks’s U.S.... 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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