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Immature and Irresistible

Please stop covering Rush Limbaugh. Seriously.

Dear Everyone, Knock it off. Yes, after weeks of tomfoolery, Rush Limbaugh challenged President Obama to a debate. And it’s... More

Darts and Laurels 

Send tips and suggestions to dartsandlaurels@cjr.org

Laurel to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Tennessean, and The Post and Courier for strong reporting on the coal-ash... More

Spellbound: Miami Herald edition

A local spelling champion is crowned

To the list of reasons why newspapers must not be allowed to perish, please add the spelling bee. Of the... More

Parallel Thoughts

NPR on two implications of Obama’s education ambitions

In last night's not-State of the Union, President Obama set out some ambitious goals for American eduction, saying "I ask... More

Look Who’s Talking Now?

A quiz about the reactions to last night’s presidential address

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. Below you’ll find a list of fifteen slightly obscured quotations from newspapers... More

Q and A: St. Petersburg Times’s Bill Adair

Behind the scenes of the Obameter

Just in time for the inauguration, the St. Petersburg Times expanded its Politifact operation to launch the Obameter, a running... More

iPhone and Public Radio, Almost There

Perfecting mobile radio

This might old news, but it's so nice, you might as well hear it twice: Last October, National Public Radio,... More

Fallen Brothers

A glimpse at mourning in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Inquirer has a rather evocative, somber piece about the ritual of police officers' funerals in a city plagued... More

Hot Potato With A Time Bomb

A media designer tells the story of the financial crisis

Can the words "financial crisis" and "delightful" really live in the same sentence? They can when describing designer Jonathan Jarvis's... More

Strip Tease

Thoughts on the New York Post cartoon controversy from cartoonists and their editors around the country

Offensive? Misunderstood? Benign? To make sense of Sean Delonas's hotly debated cartoon in Wednesday's New York Post, we spoke with... More

The Tina Yothers of MSNBC

Willie Geist on the “unreasonable, unnatural, and probably unsafe” life of an early morning anchor

The Village Voice's Sound of the City blog has a fun Q&A with the delightfully watchable Willie Geist of MSNBC's... More

Q and A: Paul McGeough

The veteran Middle East reporter shares insights about covering conflict in Gaza

Few stories are as complex and cumbersome as the continuing friction in the Middle East. Modern history mixes with ancient... More

Q and A: Paul McGeough

The veteran Middle East reporter shares insights about covering conflict in Gaza

Few stories are as complex and cumbersome as the continuing friction in the Middle East. Modern history mixes with ancient... More

Reading List

A veteran Middle East correspondent recommends a selection of books, papers, and blogs about the region

For readers interested in a diverse media diet of news about Gaza, Sydney Morning Herald correspondent Paul McGeough offers his... More

The Daschle Dilemma

Let’s step up scrutiny of the cabinet picks

Earlier today, former senator Tom Daschle—embroiled in controversy over $128,000 in unpaid taxes—withdrew from consideration for the Secretary of Health... 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


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

Bloggingheads

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

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