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Fox News Cameraman Mal James Is Awesome

On the run with Steve Harrigan

Yesterday, Julia blogged about Fox News correspondent Steve Harrigan's brush with an angry, armed fat guy while covering the war... More

And They Smoke Too Much, Too!

Take that, Pau Gasol

The best media response so far to what The New York Times's Harvey Araton called "the Spanish slant-eye controversy?" No,... More

North Korea’s Creepy, Totalitarian Olympics

North Korea’s Mass Games are surreal, photogenic

The Boston Phoenix's Web site features a captivating photo essay on the Mass Games, North Korea's creepy annual homegrown take... More

Adventures in Exurbia

LAT exurbs story sounds a familiar note

Today’s Los Angeles Times gives front page play to Peter Wallsten’s story about how the slumping economy may drive residents... More

Mystery Foot Mystery Gets Some Press

MSBNC stops dragging its feet

So these disembodied feet have been sporadically washing ashore in British Columbia and Washington state for a few years... More

“A Lack Of Corroboration”

Enquirer 1, MSM 0

So, yeah, looks like the National Enquirer was onto something after all with those John Edwards-Rielle Hunter allegations. Wondering why... More

Cool Your Jets

NY sportswriters celebrate the Brett Favre trade

How do New York sportswriters feel about the recent trade that brought former Packers quarterback Brett Favre to the New... More

Secrets and Lies

More thoughts on ABC News’s anthrax-sourcing scandal

As of yet, ABC News and Brian Ross have kept mum on the identities of their sources in 2001's now-discredited... More

Single Greatest Media Scandal Of The Decade

A true outrage

So there's a tide of severed human feet washing up on Pacific Northwestern shores, and it only merits a 300-word... More

Three More Questions for ABC News

Getting to the bottom of the bentonite sourcing story

On Sunday and Monday, journalism professors Jay Rosen and Dan Gillmor issued “three vital questions for ABC News” regarding its... More

We’re Not In The Dog-Shooting Business, We’re In The Mayor-Frightening Business!

Bizarre WaPo story today about an ill-fated police raid in Prince George's County that started with a mysterious thirty-two pound... More

True Lies

WaPo gets it right in its coverage of McCain’s recent ad

On Monday, Megan Garber criticized the MSM for its failure to dissect a recent John McCain ad that hurled factually... More

Worst. Years. Ever.

Five other terrible years in modern newspaper history

Revenues shrinking to MicroMachine proportions, newsroom jobs disappearing like sand under a rising tide, "They'll Do It Every Time" discontinued:... More

Campaign Plane Follies

So The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza writes a long, unsentimental story about Barack Obama last week, and then, wouldn't you... More

Trends Will Be Trends

Five new story ideas for NYT Style reporter Guy Trebay

I really hope that New York Times reporter Guy Trebay is working on a follow-up to his Sunday Styles piece... More

Balanced Budget, “Balanced” Coverage

Los Angeles Times scrutinizes Obama’s economic proposals, gives McCain a pass

The political press's nasty habit of reporting the debate instead of the issues being debated cropped up again today in... More

Why Buy The Cow…

Thoughtful post today about the newspaper industry on the New York Times's Outposts blog. In the wake of "perhaps the... More

Behind Barack’s “Suspicious” Mortgage

Why did the Post run its Obama mortgage story?

What should an editor do when an enterprise piece comes up empty? Do you kill the story? Send it back... More

The Swiftboat Reflex

Wesley Clark fallout, day two

Two days into the Wesley Clark fallout, the press, the GOP, and the Obama campaign all seem to have agreed... More

Pavlov and the Press Corps

Unity Day, the press, and Obama’s unstoppable campaign narrative

What's one thing that most journalists love? Besides a battered fedora with a cardboard press pass stuck in the brim.... 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


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

Bloggingheads

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

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