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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

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


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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