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Twitter Is The New Beatles

"Twitter-Mania Sweeps The Nation," reported NBC News's Jamie Gangel on this morning's Today Show, during which Gangel dropped all the... More

Flawed Reporting On “PCP, Klansmen, Child Molesters and Terrorists”

Jack Shafer pokes holes in a recent Washington Post piece about "'scary drug'" PCP "mak[ing] a comeback," concluding: The press... More

Michelle Under The Microscope

One thing I think we need more of (fingers crossed) is reporters analyzing What Michelle Obama Is Wearing And What... More

Riding Herd

Dana Milbank reports that moments ago in the halls of the Rayburn House Office Building a scrum of reporters mistook... More

Gibson: Sports Journalism “So Difficult”

From the (New York) Daily News: ABC's World News anchor Charles Gibson at one point considered being a sports reporter.... More

mine Can Be Yours (For Free)

Per the AP, Time Inc.: is experimenting with a customized magazine that combines reader-selected sections from eight publications [Time, Sports... More

On Bedstands At NYT’s Baghdad Bureau

For anyone who ever wondered what New York Times war correspondents read in their spare time, Rod Nordland at the... More

Which Magazines Deserve[d] To Die?

"Badly motivated" magazines are dying off, Gabriel Sherman writes, meaning publications created to capture a sudden and temporary flurry of... More

Fallows’s Advice For “Young Interviewers”

"Interviewing Tips" from James Fallows: The "let the silence stretch out" approach...can be a surprisingly valuable interviewing technique. The truth... More

Isn’t She “Pretty” In Her “Big-And-Tall-Gal Wear?”

New York magazine invited sixteen writers to, in a series of 350-ish-word pieces, ponder "the many meanings of a new... More

Two Dowds (And an O’Dowd) Walk Into a Bar

Niall O'Dowd of Irish News spent "a few hours in the back of a midtown Manhattan restaurant with Maureen [Dowd]... More

And…It Wasn’t “Greta Cameras”

Last week, when news broke that Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston had called off their engagement, the National Review's Kathryn... More

Fox & Friends On The Rhetoric Beat?

Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, sat for an interview recently with Der Speigel Online. The following exchange in that... More

Farewell From “A Gut-Punched Newsroom”

David McCumber, the managing editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, says so long and thanks in the paper's final print issue... More

Time For One More Cramer/Stewart Analysis?

On Friday, my colleague Ryan wrote up what was wrong with the insta-coverage of Cramer v. Stewart (Last Thursday Night's... More

“What Does That Mean, ‘Outrages Upon Human Dignity’?”

Mark Danner, at The New York Review Of Books, finds answers (to the question in the above headline, posed by... More

Mocking A1…In Styles

How do you know it might be time to revisit your Official Standards For Front-Page Story Placement? When readers complain... More

Seattle P-I Globe Speaks

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer's rooftop mascot pleads his case in an opinion column. (Can we all try to keep our cringing... More

“Keeping Abreast of Internet Chatter Not The Same As Bearing Witness”

The Internet (and, of course, Twitter) is changing (ruining? improving?) foreign reporting, observes Anand Giridharadas in the New York Times... More

The Break-Up Will Be Televised?

So. Bristol Palin and her fiance, Levi Johnston -- parents of infant Tripp -- have, reportedly, broken up. News which... 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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