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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

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

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

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