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Foreign Policy, Undigested

Analysis eludes The New York Times as it reviews the candidates’ world views

The New York Times’s “If Elected...” series seems to promise insight into what a candidate might actually do if sworn... More

“You Stepped in it, Buddy”

Newsweek Jonathan Alter was on the Colbert Report last night promoting his new book. Some funny exchanges ensued. ALTER: Remember... More

Lose Both Ways

However the election goes in two weeks, we're likely to see less of Sarah Palin, whether she's sitting in the... More

Making the Grade

The Times-Picayune gets it right when evaluating the candidates’ education policies

Just yesterday, I called for papers to fill their pages with substantive, local-minded stories about how campaign rhetoric will translate... More

Fun With Demographics

The witty folks at McSweeney's turn their eye for satire to this year's election with "Extended Trailer for American Demographic:... More

To-Do List

What reporters could do in the days before the election

There are thirteen days until the presidential election, and, as Liz mentioned earlier, the media seems to be stuck in... More

How the Other Half Dies

Did The New York Times intentionally construct a brilliant juxtaposition of wealth and poverty on its front page this morning?... More

$tunned into $ilence

Why isn’t the media asking more questions about Obama’s fundraising success?

So far, 2008 seems to be the year of the big, round numbers: the $700 billion bailout, the $10 trillion... More

Double Negative

All attack ads aren’t created equal

Both the Obama and McCain campaigns, their coffers flush with cash, have been taking their messages to the airwaves, and... More

Lessons Learned

How can you tell that a campaign concept has made it into the public consciousness? It's a joke on SNL:... More

Small Business Sense

The New York Times takes a stab at the small biz tax question

After all the plumbing business, I was heartened to see this passage in the Times today: So will Americans who... More

Circular Logic

Let’s lose the pie chart scorecards, CNN

In addition to the squiggly lines that I so detest, CNN’s debate broadcast featured another useless feature: the pie-chart score... More

Rooting Up ACORN

NPR’s take on the suddenly infamous organization

Ever since the McCain campaign called for an investigation into voter registration fraud perpetrated by the nonprofit organization ACORN, many... More

Chapter 7: Road Trip

In which newspapers go looking for that rare species, the elusive voteris Americanus

Similar to the Grand Tour tradition of the Victorian age, modern newspapers observe a perennial election-time rite in which an... More

Down With the Dial

Let’s abolish the debate night dial-meter, okay?

Cue the infomercial: Wanna to know what real people are thinking, but can’t bother to ask actual questions? Have no... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Tour guide wars at a Paris cemetery (WSJ)

“Because dead men tell no tales, visitors to Père Lachaise cemetery lend their ears to Bertrand Beyern”

Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Bloggingheads

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

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