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Gems of Reporting

In the same Times story Clint pointed out earlier, Elizabeth Bumiller slips this one past the goalie: Even in the... More

Suicide Watch

Covering death during a financial crisis

Covering suicides has long been considered a delicate subject among newspaper editors. There are internal and industry-wide guidelines that offer... More

Dispatches From New Orleans

I like Oxford American. Lots of people say it's the New Yorker of the South, which is to say that... More

Michelle, Ma Belle

Questions for Mrs. Obama

Wednesday night, Michelle Obama appeared on “Larry King Live.” It’s been a while since the missus had been around, and... More

MSNBC 101

Have you ever wondered why MSNBC and other news networks cover the irrelevant campaign talking points, a la Bill Ayers,... More

The Rural-Urban Divide

Politics are divisive and reductive, and voters are squeezed into ill-fitting categories that rub, chafe, and restrict movement. The line... More

He Said What?!

The substance beneath the scenes

Such is the curse of the self-fulfilling prophecy: if you expect the debates to be mere political farce, complete with... More

Robinson’s Call to Arms

Today, Eugene Robinson has an impassioned call to arms addressed to the media covering the campaign. ...we should be relentless... More

Ancient History

Let’s be clear about what Ayers and Keating mean

Dust off those SAT skills, boys and girls. Question: OBAMA : AYERS :: MCCAIN : a) PALIN b) GRAMM c)... More

Worlds Collide

An awesome headline from the Beaver County Times captures the "connection" between the crises on Wall Street and the environment.... More

The Right to Know

An interesting two-part documentary from the BBC about freedom of information laws, their evolution and limitations, and applications, in Europe,... More

Joe’s Big Show

How the soft bigotry of low expectations paints a false picture

Earlier today, Megan cautioned against resisting the spin about tonight’s debate. “The McCain campaign, inside and outside and around Wash... More

Palin’s Kerri Strug Moment

In 1996, Kerri Strug earned her place in history when she helped the American gymnastics team secure Olympic gold with... More

Debate Fun and Games

In preparation for tonight's much anticipated vice presidential debates, here are excerpts from a slew debate drinking games. From the... More

CNN’s Fringe Science

Instead of watching "Gossip Girl" with the rest of them, my new TV show this season is "Fringe" on Fox.... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

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