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Deep Thoughts on Sun, Rain and Bare-legged CEOs

It’s that time of year again, when business reporters remind us how much they have in common with their red carpet-pacing peers from the celebrity rags.

It's that time of year again, when business reporters remind us how much they have in common with their red... More

Sibling Rivalry, Guantanamo, Iran and the War on the Press

Time tells us “How Your Siblings Make You Who You Are,” while The New Yorker looks at offensives against both Iran and the media.

You are no doubt still thumbing through last week's ad-thick double issues of Newsweek, New York and U.S. News.... More

This Word Just In From the Leisure Pursuits Beat …

Some newspaper columnists chronicle appalling injustices in faraway places. Others find them right under their noses.

Some newspaper columnists chronicle appalling injustices in faraway places. Others find them right under their noses. On Friday, the Wall... More

Mannies Return After Four-Year Absence

Male nannies are the “hot new thing” — at least among the nation’s reporters, who have lately produced a crop of thinly-reported trend-chasing pieces on the subject.

According to Foxnews.com's Michael Y. Park yesterday, male nannies (aka, mannies) are the "hot new thing" -- there is a... More

Vanity Fair Covers Wall Street’s Vainest

Money, as they say, truly can’t buy taste. Power? Yes. The awe of financial reporters? In some cases, yes. Perspective or self-awareness? Nope.

This month, along with a cover story on Sandra Bullock's married life and Christopher Hitchens' "Oral History of the Blow... More

Biz Press Teaches Teens to Heed Dumb Statistics

Perhaps it’s a good thing teenagers these days aren’t reading newspapers - it can be confusing enough as it is to be 17 or 18.

Perhaps it's a good thing teenagers these days aren't reading newspapers -- it can be confusing enough as it is... More

Magazine Makes News by Having a Name

What is there to say about a publication which was announced last August but won’t appear on newsstands until late April 2007? Apparently plenty.

Kudos to the people behind the rollout of Condé Nast's new business magazine for landing a friendly 1457-word piece on... More

The MSM Blogs Up a Storm

Network news blogs bring us political prognostications, facts about obtaining press credentials in Caracas, and happy birthday wishes for a network news blog.

May 31, 2006 may forever be known at NBC, and around the world, as Katie's Last Day. But all the... More

Tears and Jeers for Katie’s Farewell

Oh Katie — you’re really gone! Oh, wait, you’re just moving to another network …

On this, Katie's Last Day!, Ms. Couric is receiving shout-outs from all over the 'sphere -- some syrupy, some surly,... More

Newsweek Discovers Doomed Spinsters Marrying

It’s not often that we have to wait 20 years for a correction, but this is one of those times.

It's not often that we have to wait 20 years for a correction, but this is one of those times.... More

Mindreaders Befuddled by Enron Jury

As the nation waited to hear the outcome of the Enron trial, television news hosts struggled to fill empty airtime.

Word came late yesterday morning that the Enron verdict would be announced at noon -- just the sort of biding-time,... More

Prefrontal Cortexes Fuel Talk Radio?

As you read this, experts are hard at work studying the brains of people suffering from myriad ills, from Alzheimer’s to dyslexia … to, apparently, political passion.

As you read this, experts are hard at work studying the brains of people suffering from myriad ills, from Alzheimer's... More

Aliens: A Topic Made for Blogging

The blogosphere is busy dissecting the media’s (mis)handling of the immigration debate — and in most cases, amnesty is not being offered.

The blogosphere is busy dissecting the media's (mis)handling of the immigration debate -- and in most cases, amnesty is not... More

Morning Shows Buried By Snowstorm

On Wednesday, Tony Snow did William Ginsburg one better, appearing (or appearing to appear) on all three network morning shows at the same time.

You've heard of a "Full Ginsburg" (that is, when one guest appears back-to-back on a single day on each of... 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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