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Disaster Reporting through the Ages

In both the Galveston and Katrina storms, the news often was the news

The day after a massive storm hit Galveston, Texas on September 8, 1900, the headlines outside the region were tentative.... More

The South Will Rise Again

2008 marked the end of the southern strategy? Not so fast.

The Deep South went Republican in 2008, missing the memo from the rest of the country that this was a... More

“The Special Pride That Must Be Theirs”

Race, Obama’s victory, and the generation gap

"You're being racist," said the daughter of New York Times columnist Judith Warner in response to her mother's comment about... More

Rally Killer

Political reporters shouldn’t take out their election fatigue on the voters

Contrasting Obama rallies that "often look like Benetton-colored billboards" with McCain events characterized by pompoms and flag pins, The New... More

Tracing GOP Turnabout

NYT’s Harwood forgets history in analyzing the right’s declining fortunes

In today's New York Times, John Harwood writes a most curious synopsis of the past four years of American politics.... More

The Politics of Symbolism

On Rush, racism, Richard Nixon, and the “real America”

It is ironic that conservative commentators, led by radio personality Rush Limbaugh, dismissed Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama as... More

Islamophobia and the Op-Ed Pages

Colin Powell rushes in where columnists previously feared to tread

It's hard to compete with Colin Powell, especially if you're a small media watchdog group. But the former Secretary of... More

Abortion and the Anecdotal Lede

When reporting on abortion, the humanizing anecdote has political implications

In her syndicated column today, Ellen Goodman contrasts the relative success of the gay rights movement with the defensive crouch... More

Faulty Plumbing

Believing something doesn’t make it so, Joe

Earlier today, CJR’s Megan Garber was right to fault the media for being distracted by the humor of the "Joe... More

Taking It To The Streets

Reporters shouldn’t let campaign priorities dictate political coverage

Despite the buzz surrounding the current presidential campaign, historical trends suggest a sizeable portion of the American public will not... More

Palin’s Old Time Religion

Sometimes, the “liberal media” lives up to its reputation

On the final night of the Republican National Convention, vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin attacked Democrat Barack Obama’s apparent disdain for... More

Palin Meets The Press

And John McCain is left in the wings

Last night, the Republican Party officially nominated Senator John McCain for president of the United States—but you wouldn't know it... More

Privacy For Palin?

GOP to media: hands off Bristol Palin

The liberal media is under-reporting the personal life of Sarah Palin and her children, complains the conservative Media Research Center—at... More

Misplacing Race

WSJ slams “The Racism Excuse”

In “The Racism Excuse,” yesterday's editorial rejecting the claim that racism explains Barack Obama's flagging lead in the polls, the... More

Debunking Obama’s Hillary Problem

Who says that disgruntled women will cost Obama the election?

"It's no longer just about Hillary," proclaims the headline of Froma Harrop's report in the Providence Journal on the founding... 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

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