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Brown Versus Noonan, Everyone Versus Fleischer

Showdown at the Paley Center

Feathers flew today at a panel at the Paley Center hosted by the Independent Film Channel's Media Project. Two burning... More

Premature Legacy

Evaluating Barack Obama on Day 100

As we’ve noted before, much Obama coverage is eager to write history in advance of the present either by speculating... More

Specter of a Surprise

Was the senator’s switch really unexpected? No.

Surprising, unexpected, shocking, and stunning. Those are the adjectives the press used to disguise the collective OMG reaction to Pennsylvania... More

The Economy Today: Trickling In

News from Utah, Montana, Connecticut, and elsewhere

The big national headline this morning is another contraction in the economy, which shrank by 6.1 percent in the second... More

Today’s Economic Headlines: Gaps and Cuts

Economic news from Omaha, Detroit, Madison, and elsewhere

In national news, bank regulation will be on the agenda at the Supreme Court today, while the Senate and House... More

Today’s Economic Headlines

How the country’s newspapers are covering the financial crisis

Here’s what the nation’s papers are writing about today. The Topeka Capital-Journal launches “Road Through Recession,” a local-focus series. Reporter... More

The Recession is Making Us Fat

Eliminating the health-wealth divide

A recent Newsweek piece cautioned that “one of the most insidious health effects of a downturn is in the area... More

What Price is Right?

Collaboration needed between business and politics reporters

In this morning’s roundup, we saw a number of headlines about slumping housing prices around the country. In San Diego,... More

The Economy Today

Headlines from around the country

Here’s a quick survey of economic news from around the country: The San Diego Union Tribune offers three indicators that... More

Mixed Messages

The press searches for good news in economic indicators

“I'm tired of feeling financially defeated all the time,” wrote Washington Post personal finance blogger Ylan Mui last week. Even... More

Follow the Money

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel tracks the stimulus dollars in Wisconsin

Kudos to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel for setting an example of how newspapers can and should cover the progress of the... More

A Tale of Two Palins

Politico and the NYT offer conflicting assessments of the Alaska governor

Depending on where you get your Sarah Palin news, you might have two very different ideas about how the Alaska... More

Inst-Tea-Gators

Local radio hosts loom large over tea parties

Much ink has been spilt debating whether yesterday’s tea parties were “an organic movement built on genuine anger, or a... More

Shuns of Steele

Can Michael Steele still steer the GOP?

Poor Michael Steele. When he was elected as the head of the Republican party in late January, he was seen... More

“Tea’d Off” “Anger Brews”

Yesterday's tea parties may have lacked message clarity, but they more than made up for it by creating an opportunity... 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.”

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

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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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