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Yes, He Does

This, from today's Wall Street Journal, struck me as (unintentionally) funny: "Claiborne's CEO Crams Into Coach to Cut Costs" And... More

Governor, Grandmother

Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston, Gov. Sarah Palin's grandson, is born. People Magazine, according to MSNBC, has won the bidding war... More

Kennedy (Huffs)

Did you read that Caroline Kennedy article in yesterday's New York Times, based on an interview the Times's Nicholas Confessore... More

Best of 2008: Liz Cox Barrett’s Picks

Barrett picks her top stories from 2008

1) Media's Mixed Nuts I personally enjoyed cataloging how reporters handled Jesse Jackson's open mic moment. So prudish. Also, I... More

Some Things Borrowed

For a 2007 New Yorker piece exploring how Picasso borrowed from Rembrandt, did Simon Schama borrow too much from an... More

“Beach Body”

Perhaps you've seen, in some form, this image? Politico has the background on who shot it (not a member of... More

Morning Joe’s Three “No’s”

Howard Kurtz profiles Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC's Morning Joe, revealing that Brzezinski and cable go back a long time (before... More

CPJ: Iraq Still “Deadliest Nation For Press”

Forty-one journalists were killed worldwide "in direct connection to their work" in 2008, according to The Committee to Protect Journalists.... More

Schieffer’s “Facelift Gone Wacko…”

...is actually just "dental work," as he explained, in rhymes, on Face The Nation yesterday, h/t, FishbowlDC. (Is it me?... More

NYT Is Sorry. Again. For Botched Kennedy Coverage

Another day, another "Editor's Note" in the New York Times prompted by rushed ClintonSenateSeatStakes (Caroline Kennedy) coverage. On December 10,... More

Obamas-In-Hawaii Headlines

A look at some of the Obamas-Vacation-in-Hawaii headlines so far (keeping in mind Charlie LeDuff's "don't be boring" mantra): ABC... More

Labash on LeDuff

Matt Labash profiles Detroit ("the city where the sirens never sleep") for the Weekly Standard, a profile in which Charlie... More

Just Dance

23/6 describes its "danceable symphony of graphics and noises entirely constructed from every single cable news sound effect or theme... More

AP: Michelle Obama’s “Hairstyles Probably Will Be Scrutinized”

What makes you think so, Associated Press? (And, are you implying you won't partake?) The AP makes this bold predication... More

Are You On The List(s)?

1) Politico's "Top Ten Media Blunders of 2008" (three of the top five involve MSNBC) 2) E&P's list of "Top... More

NYT’s Zimbabwe Coverage (What “Deterioration” Means)

A reminder of what, generally, we stand to lose as newspapers close overseas bureaus and otherwise cut back on foreign... More

NJ “Plog” “Shuns Web, And Thrives”

The TriCityNews, an Asbury Park, NJ alt weekly with a print run of 10,000, "is prospering precisely because it ignores... More

“I Saw Someone On Cable Say This…”

... were Obama campaign manager David Plouffe's "least favorite words in the English language," according to Mark Leibovich's profile of... More

Counting Questions

Number of questions President-Elect Obama has taken at press conferences since being elected? 48 The Washington Times' Christina Bellatoni is... More

We’re “Harboring” Ex-Journos Here

Over at Slate, Jack Shafer gives a shout-out of sorts to our "Parting Thoughts" series: Hardly a day goes by,... 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

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