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Al Roker Sure Loves His “Man Candy”

Seems Al Roker, of NBC’s Today Show, has a sweet spot for the expression “man candy.”

Many a television newsman has had a signature phrase, whether it's a unique sign-off or a particular expression that viewers... More

How Do You Photograph the Amish? Let Us Count the Ways

Covering a grieving community whose beliefs prohibit them from being photographed is a tricky, sensitive assignment — but an eminently doable one.

Last week, as details of the murders at an Amish school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania were still unfolding, a CJR... More

Who Are the Amish? Daily News Shows; Post Calls

After the Pennsylvania school shooting, a couple of New York tabloids struggle to explain these mysterious Amish to us.

Does it matter? Does it really matter for readers if a reporter, covering a side-bar-type story to a main news... More

Reuters: Cash-Strapped Fools to Drown Sorrows — Yeah!

Every autumn comes interested industry parties predicting strong holiday sales — and reporters who find such forecasts newsworthy.

In a development that would seem to bode well for the annual Reuters holiday party, Reuters cheerfully reports today that... More

Clinton’s Leg-acy: “Unsightly Man-Calf”

Tip to politicians and other public figures: want to distract at least some media types from talking too much about timely topics? Show some leg.

Tip to politicians and other public figures: want to distract at least some media types from talking too much about... More

The Smell of Marketing in the Morning

If you’re an anxious marketing manager in an industry desperate for a hit holiday-season product, where in the media might you go to hype your newest ware?

If you're an anxious marketing manager in an industry desperate for a hit holiday-season product, where in the media might... More

Chandler Burr Brings a Point de Repère to Perfume Criticism

The New York Times’ new perfume critic explains what “smelling fresh insecticide while locked in an aluminum cell” might be like.

Reading Chandler Burr on perfume is like being trapped in a complex weather system, like looking down into a well... More

What Couric Left Behind

Think she’ll be nostalgic for “Today?” Think again.

Hazing happens in many a fraternity -- journalism included. And, with five days until Katie Couric's debut as anchor of... More

Roger Weisberg on Waging a Living and How the Press Covers Poverty

The award-winning documentary filmmaker discusses the process and challenges of depicting poverty in America.

Producer/director Roger Weisberg joined public television station Thirteen/WNET New York in 1976. He produced dozens of programs on subjects including... More

With Analysis, Anything Is Possible

We know “speculation” is a powerful force capable of many things (attracting anonymice and influencing journalists, for example) — but, merging companies?

The sub-hed on a story this week in the Chicago Tribune about potential upcoming consolidation in the airline industry reads... More

News Flash: Some People Want to Be Rich

A USA Today story about being rich proves once again that August really is a slow news month.

Though August has a reputation for being a quiet news month, "the truth is it has never been true," Rome... More

Neil Vigdor on Joe Lieberman and Living in Greenwich on a Reporter’s Salary

The politics reporter for Greenwich Time and The (Stamford) Advocate discusses covering the Connecticut Senate race and the impact of blogs.

Neil Vigdor covers Connecticut politics for Greenwich Time and The (Stamford) Advocate, sister daily newspapers owned by Tribune Publishing Co.... More

Code Red, Fear-Mongering and Fat Babies

It’s business as usual in the blogosphere, where the punching bags du jour include the media, politicians and fellow bloggers.

Today's punching bags in the blogosphere? The media. Politicians. Fellow bloggers. In other words, business as usual. Nathan Goulding of... More

Lamont Wins, and the Breast-Beating Begins

Bloggers celebrate Ned Lamont’s victory in the Democratic Senate primary in Connecticut and suggest the media have joined Joe Lieberman in Loserville.

Ned Lamont has won the Democratic Senate primary in Connecticut. Joining Lamont in a victory dance? Some bloggers. And joining... More

Contemplating Hell … Heaven … And the End of the War on Terror

Life in hell, thoughts on heaven, and what President Bush has on his nightstand and in his dressing room.

One man's life "in hell." One man's thoughts on heaven. These and other goodies in this week's newsmagazines. First, the... More

It’s Gonna Be a Long Morning

Would it be too much to ask that morning news shows use some news judgment when it comes to placement given and time spent covering Mel Gibson’s DUI arrest? Of course it’s too much to ask.

On all three major networks yesterday morning, the news stories that kicked off the seven o'clock hour were, not necessarily... More

Trend-Hunters Scooped on Hunting Trend

The New York Times Styles section gets beaten on some cutting-edge trend news from its own back yard.

Perhaps it's time for the New York Times once-arch Styles section to consider just running wire copy. Today, while the... More

CNN Discovers … Book of Revelation!

We thought “Could you catch fire during surgery?” was a sensational, scare-mongering TV news segment, but CNN has gone one better: “Developing Story: Is it The End?”

Not so long ago, we thought "Could you catch fire during surgery?" was a sensational, scare-mongering title for a television... 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


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

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!

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