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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

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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