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Interview “Tinkering”

On Sunday the New York Times Magazine ran a profile of playwright Neil LaBute in which readers learn of LaBute's... More

What Would “A Mix Between The Huffington Post and Drudge” Look Like?

(Besides, um, aesthetically challenged?) This. A HuffPo/Drudge blend is how Fox News regards its new site, The Fox Nation, Fox... More

Chyron, Misunderstood

Chyron (on-screen headline) on MSNBC just now: "Fmr Wall Street Professionals Trade Laptops For Lap Dances." No, the news is... More

“Cud Chewers” And “Cordwood” on Cable

Some colorfully apt descriptions of the current state of cable news from David Carr in the New York Times: Gorged... More

“Some Wonder…”

..."if [Michelle Obama is] spreading herself too thin to emerge in the public mind as a leading voice on" her... More

NYT Profiles Fox News’s “Rodeo Clown”

The New York Times today profiles Glenn Beck ("Mad, Apocalyptic, Tearful, and a Rising Star on Fox News"). In the... More

Teleprompter Talks Back

"What kind of politician brings a teleprompter to a news conference?" asked the AP's Ron Fournier last night in his... More

A Presidency “Defined” (So Soon?)

At The Daily Beast, Eric Alterman critiques last night's performance by the White House press corps, giving a thumbs-down to... More

President Leaves Reporters & Commentators “Restless,” “Bor[ed]”

Roundup of presidential press conference reports

Was it really a surprise to reporters at both the LA Times and the New York Times that President Obama... More

“Progress,” “Patience”

A quick scan of the front pages of today's papers (thanks, Newseum) shows that President Obama's second prime time press... More

LeBron James Has His Pre-Game Powder Toss…

... Ed Henry has his pre-prime-time-presidential-press-conference white notebook paper ritual. Henry, CNN's White House correspondent, "writes his [questions for the... More

Dow Low, Sugar High

Last week, the New York Times reported that "Whoopie Pies Are Having Their Moment," that the "cake-like sandwiches" have "finally... More

Klein: “Get Pissed At… Media Culture”

At Time's Swampland blog, Joe Klein offers some media criticism (er, "media culture" criticism): A certain newsmagazine--hint: not this one--has... More

Tonight: Will Obama Sell The Bank Plan? Make Gaffes? Get Ratings?

"Some in Washington [are] wondering whether the president is becoming overexposed," writes the New York Times's Peter Baker (emphasis mine)... More

Morning Blago

Tomorrow morning, from 7 to 9am, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will be guest-hosting "The Don Wade & Roma Morning... More

Word Association

If I told you that the word "flaccid" appeared yesterday on the New York Times op-ed page under one of... More

Another O’Reilly “Ambush”

"My O'Reilly Ambush," made The Daily Show, your "O'Reilly Ambush..." has its own Facebook page... More

NYT on Spontaneous Story Combustion

I'm going to paraphrase my keen colleague, Brent: In the New York Times "Week in Review" there was an article... More

Getting To Know Douthat

New York magazine has a one-page backgrounder on the New York Times's newest op-ed page hire, Ross Douthat (part bio,... More

Hoyt: Still Too Many Anonymous Sources in NYT

Public Editor Clark Hoyt in yesterday's New York Times: With my assistant, Michael McElroy, I took another look at the... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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