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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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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

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