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“Tense Scenes in Arab Newsrooms Right Now”

About those leaked cables that point to, as the New York Times puts it, “a largely silent front of Arab... More

Assigned to Review Palin’s Book?

At Slate, David Weigel reviews Sarah Palin's latest book, America By Heart, and, mid-review, offers this "how to" for others... More

“Months of Juicy Speculation” Ahead, You Say?

"Prince William and Kate Middleton sat down with advisers Wednesday to begin planning the royal wedding that some Britons have... More

Covering the Dems Big Donor “Huddle”

Only Politico showed up?

Last week, reports started appearing that a big group of deep-pocketed Democratic donors would be gathering this week in Washington,... More

Sarah Palin’s Alaska. Not Just About Alaska?

Sarah Palin's Alaska debuted on TLC last night and this morning one can read in any number of places how... More

“Snapshots of a Time Before War”

"I was greeted by snapshots when I first entered Iraq in 2003," writes the New York Times's Marc Santora at... More

“Gut Feeling” Guides Pay-for-Play at Gawker

How does Gawker decide whether (and how much) to pay for a story, wondered Simon Owens over at TNW? Writes... More

Lauer’s “Tone” Landed Bush

Last week, Gary "Baba Booey" Dell'Abate and Buddy "The Cake Boss" Valastro talked about their new books (They Call Me... More

An Attack Ad That Might (Still) Grab You

PBS on campaign spending: he-said, she-said, and something more

At this point, a political attack ad would probably sound to you something like the voice of Charlie Brown's teacher:... More

Morning-After Headlines: Shift, Surge, Stampede

So many ways to say it. A sampling of newspaper front pages from around the country this morning. In Nevada,... More

Whiz. Bang. It’s Election Night

The Associated Press reports today that "after losing viewers to cable news networks on recent election nights, television's biggest broadcasters... More

If You Don’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em?

NYT, LAT on outside groups, election spending, and 2012

Those heavy-spending outside groups that have come out in force this election season? We're likely to see their ilk (and... More

NPR: “What Democrats Developed, Republicans Have Mastered”

In a report earlier this week, NPR’s Peter Overby and Andrea Seabrook took a close look at some of the... More

“This Transparency Enables Electorate to Make Informed Decisions”

LA Times looks at how that’s worked out for “electorate”

Back in January, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the following, in the opinion of the court in Citizens United... More

The Dalai Lama’s Star Turn

How did the Dalai Lama prepare his mind for the task this past weekend of "guest-editing" the Toronto Star's Sunday... More

Politico, NYT on “Impact of Outside Money”

Political force, political “excuse”

At Politico today, you can read about "how much Democrats want to play up the impact of outside money, much... More

Playing “Whac-A-Mole” With Campaign Finance Disclosure

But, where’s the mallet?

One of my favorite descriptions of the rapid appearance of ever more outside groups spending (who-knows-whose) money this election season... More

Political Reporting Deep Thought of the Day

Do "the gloves" ever not "come off" during a political debate or in the weeks just before an election? (And... More

House Hunters: Haiti Edition

On the problem of housing in Haiti, from the Associated Press's Jonathan M. Katz (the only full-time American news correspondent... More

If By “Debate Prep” You Mean Getting A Mani-Pedi

The New York governor’s race is not just Paladino v. Paladino. Or, even, Paladino v. Cuomo. In fact, there are... 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”

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