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Living in the Past

As far as the Chicago Tribune is concerned, Hillary Clinton is still in contention for the presidency. According to this... More

The Candidates’ Fuzzy Math

$700 billion bailout, widespread tax cuts, *and* a balanced budget?

If I were to write a formula representing the two presidential candidates’ reactions to the impact the federal bailouts to... More

Please Explain

Chicago Tribune gets mired in the debates

As the financial markets lie in ruins, Obama-Biden and McCain-Palin are taking plenty of time on the campaign trail to... More

Thanks, but No Thanks Redux

Sorry to disappoint, but this is not about Sarah Palin. In their long ago Spring 2008 issue, The Kenyon Review... More

Just for Laughs

Do yourself a favor and check out this hypothetical NPR blooper reel. Peter Sagal, Terry Gross, Carl Kasell, Robert Siegel,... More

(Tele)Prompting Speculation

Why context matters, exhibit 967b

Report with all your senses. This advice is commonly given to journalists, and it’s clear that the anonymous writer of... More

Calculator Politics

Numbers figure prominently in this campaign. Who knows what they mean?

There are lies, damn lies, and statistics. This classic line from Benjamin Disraeli sums up the complexity that voters face... More

Who Gets to Vote?

There are many questions about what role race will play in this November, but one way in which race always... More

In Memoriam: David Foster Wallace

In remembrance of the American writer, David Foster Wallace, who died on Friday, Time offers a list of the writer's... More

The Journalist of Your Enemy is Your Friend

Four reasons why politicians should march bravely into enemy territory

After Campbell Brown’s testy RNC exchange with McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds on CNN, the GOP handlers canceled the Arizona... More

Obama, McCain Decoded

To the pantheon of experts who have weighed in on the election, welcome Corey Ehmke, a web developer, who mined... More

Tongue Tied on Religion

CNN takes on Pentecostalism

Reporting on religion is a difficult task, even moreso when a political candidate is involved. Voters care about candidates’ religious... More

Burying the Lede?

Everybody's talking about Sarah Palin's change of heart on the Bridge to Nowhere, but somehow the more interesting and arguably... More

All Dressed Up and No Place to Go

There's been plenty of buzz about Sarah Palin's press unavailability, but now it seems that even the press corps who... More

A Quibble With Bill

For the past two weeks, in the spirit of fair, equal, and balanced media consumption, I helped myself to a... 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”

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