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Beauty, in the Eye of the Reporter

Today's front-page New York Times story, "Some Hidden Choices in Breast Reconstruction" has some readers buzzing with disapproval over an... More

Dispatches From Across the Pond

And now for something completely British: wise, heartfelt reflections on the demise of Woolworths in the U.K. from two ladies... More

Woes of Washington

Bureau shutdowns do matter

In a front-page piece yesterday, The New York Times’s Richard Pérez-Peña examines how newspapers are cutting staff in Washington, D.C.—just... More

Office Envy

Get a load of the Guardian's new digs. They've got lots of colours: yellow couches and magenta arm chairs. Looks... More

Guardian in Afghanistan

The Guardian has a moving dispatch and video about civilian casualties of U.S. and NATO air strikes in Afghanistan. In... More

Making Connections

How the troop surge hurt the Iraqi justice system

In the course of the presidential campaign, the troop surge in Iraq became a rhetorical weapon hurled back and forth... More

Buckley’s Best

Ten months after the death of William F. Buckley, The New York Times remembers the conservative thinker's predilection for the... More

Truncated Thoughts

Sometimes technology is a vexing demon: The homepage of the Chicago Sun-Times has a rotating News Alert box that teases... More

Voices of Chicago

How the Windy City’s papers and blogs are keeping up with the Blagojevich story

When a local story—your state’s governor gets arrested for corruption, say—goes national, all eyes turn to the hometown publications for... More

No More Questions

A punctuation suggestion for Bob Herbert

Here’s the thing about questions. They can be mere requests for information, or they can serve to cast doubt. In... More

Subscribe, Get Happy

Some ready-made advertising copy for newspapers hoping to grow circulations: Happy people spend a lot of time socializing, going to... More

Face of Foreclosure

Kudos to The New Yorker's Peter Boyer for going behind the headlines of the Addie Polk (the 90-year-old woman who... More

Recommended Radio

If you've never listened to WNYC's Radiolab, today is a good day to get on the bandwagon because the new... More

Annie, Get Your Gun

The Chicago Tribune makes a mountain out of a molehill

Let’s face it, trend stories are notoriously tricky. They start off with an innocent hunch, and then before you know... More

Presidential Comparisons

Which president does Obama remind you of?

Barack Obama may have said that he doesn’t “look” like any of the presidents on dollar bills, but that hasn’t... 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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