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The Economy Today: On Schedule?

Headlines from Maryland, Texas, Arizona, Wisconsin, and elsewhere

This morning, The New York Times observes that only a small portion of the stimulus funds has actually “reached state... More

The Economy Today: Fares and Fires

Headlines from Arkansas, Delaware, New York City, and elsewhere

Both USA Today and The Wall Street Journal see signs of how the recession is affecting big businesses. In the... More

From the Annals of Irrelevancy

Exhibit 05092009, from The New York Times, a Sunday front-page profile of Margaret Chan, the director-general of the World Health... More

Suburbs Over Cities

The Wall Street Journal investigates the rural-urban divide

As stimulus funds make their way from Washington to state legislatures and beyond, the process and conflicts that arise en... More

The Economy Today: Getting Stimulated

Headlines from Arkansas, Georgia, Arizona, and elsewhere

National headlines continue analysis of the bank stress tests, which revealed a mixed picture yesterday. Also, the national jobless rate... More

Newspaper, Size 4

In case lady reporters are still choosing outfits for the upcoming White House Correspondents Dinner, may I recommend this Isaac... More

The Economy Today: Students in the Crosshairs

News from Wyoming, California, Texas, and elsewhere

The much-hyped and much-leaked bank stress-test results will be released at 5 p.m. today, but already The Washington Post has... More

Newsweek’s Wal-Mart Amnesia

The newsweekly forgets about the discount giant’s dubious deeds

An all-too-common complaint about Newsweek is that, even though it’s edited by a man who is indisputably The Ultimate Thinking... More

Two Bearded Men

Paul Krugman and Brian Lehrer talk economy at WNYC

“TV is a dramatic medium. It doesn’t accommodate nuance. It’s totally about conflict, and if there isn’t any, it has... More

Wishful Thinking

Times cheerleads White House’s hope for bank stress tests

The results of the long-feared bank stress tests will be announced on Thursday, but that’s too long to wait for... More

The Economy Today: Local Agencies Suffer

Headlines from Montana, West Virginia, California, and elsewhere

In national news this morning, The New York Times predicts that the results of the bank stress tests, which are... More

Hating on the Hedgies

Going beyond Obama’s rhetoric on Chrysler’s lenders

Announcing the historic bankruptcy plan for one of America’s largest automakers, President Obama had harsh words for the hedge funds... More

Two-Hour Teaser

Cable news is infuriating in its tendency to tantalize and tease viewers by hinting at a juicy story right before... More

The Economy Today: Big Dreams, No Jobs

News from Virginia, Maryland, Nebraska, and elsewhere

The big national news is the continuing saga in the Chrysler bankruptcy. But around the country, federal funds play a... More

Double Whammy

What's worse than losing your job? Getting let go over the phone. Here's what RealClearSport is reporting: Due to the... 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


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”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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Questions and exercises for journalism students.