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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

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

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

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