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Now or Never

Does the president have to get everything done this year?

Last month, Media Matters documented that CNN and other outlets repeatedly wondered if President Obama was addressing too many issues... More

Broken Record on the Broken Economy

I don't mean to sound like I'm repeating myself, but I can't help it. In yet another article, The New... More

Times Launches Pictures of Goats Section?

Fronting the Dining section today, we have this story, "How I Learned to Love Goat Meat," accompanied by this adorable... More

Talk of the Town Hall

How the media covered yesterday’s online town hall

As we noted yesterday, Barack Obama’s online town hall prompted some interesting questions from the in-person audience, and (to a... More

Professor Obama

The press goes for style over substance on the press conferences

In a remarkable show of consensus, news outlets from The O’Reilly Factor to NPR all landed on one word—professorial—to describe... More

This is Balance?

Reading today this fluffy piece in the Times about how the Obamas are going out on the town in D.C.—"These... More

Forget Michelle’s Arms

Yesterday on Fresh Air, Queen of the Question Terry Gross broke new ground in the bawdy body part banter when... More

Greatest Achievements in Journalism

Today's StoryCorps segment featured former The Miami News managing editor Ed Pierce. Pierce recalls what he considers his greatest achievement... More

Ratings Game

Perhaps my favorite part of reading reviews of horror movies I’ll never see is the critics’ explanation of how a... More

Families in Crisis

The New York Times's Judith Warner (whom I would also nominate for a bigger presence on the Times op-ed page),... More

Proofreader to the Rescue

Proofreaders and copy editors may be the unsung heroes of a newsroom, but today one ink-stained wretch is getting his... More

No Joking Matter

Hope amidst anxiety was the dominant emotion at today's Enlarging the Space for Watchdog Journalism conference at Columbia. Speaking on... More

Pork Nation

The political media’s frenzy over earmarks sort of misses the point

The recent debate over earmarks in the spending bill signed today by Barack Obama has politicians and the national media... More

Technology as Politics

The teleprompter debate resurfaces

Last September, the media were aflutter with discussion of then-candidate Obama’s possible over-reliance on the teleprompter during various speaking engagements.... More

“We Are the Birds Coming Here to Get Our Food”

The Daily Show pays a visit to the White House press corps and gets some good TV from CBS's Chip... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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