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Anniston Star’s Bad Wrap (Might Mug Shots Save Journalism?)

The front page of last Monday's issue of The Anniston (Alabama) Star was particularly, um, arresting. Have a look: Ten... More

Mediaite Launches (Loads…)

Maybe this --Michael Calderone's description of Mediate.com Mediaite.com, the media-centric site founded by Dan Abrams and launched today -- helps... More

“That Turns Out to be Pretty Close to the Truth”

MSNBC viewers have suffered no shortage of discussion of Todd Purdum's anonymous source-heavy Vanity Fair article exploring "the pheromonal reality"... More

Jackson Coverage: Too Much? Not Enough (About “Exercise Regimen”)?

Sixty-four percent of people polled for a Pew News Interest Index survey said there has been "too much" press coverage... More

Thomas: “Pattern of Controlling The Press”

Helen Thomas, a White House briefing room vet and Hearst News Service columnist, to White House press secretary Robert Gibbs... More

“Michael Jackson Will Only Die Once…”

... is the number one "stupidest comment" uttered on TV (so far, I'd add) about Jackson's death, according to Jon... More

Explainer: What’s This About U.S. Troops In Iraq?

Brookings Institution's Michael O'Hanlon helped Fox News viewers just now get their heads around what's going on with U.S. troops... More

Last Week’s Newshole: 19% Iran; 18% Jackson

According to PEJ (emphasis mine), For the week, the protests in Iran ended up being the biggest story, totaling 19%... More

Purdum on the “Pheromonal Reality” of the “Palin Phenomenon”

Courtesy of, often, unnamed "McCain aides," "McCain friends," and "persons familiar with," Todd Purdum explores at length "the Sarah Palin... More

Shadid: “We Are Disengaged From Iraq”

The Washington Post's Baghdad bureau chief, Anthony Shadid, describes at foreignpolicy.com why in Iraq, "as U.S. troops pull out, it's... More

Putting Faces to the Dead and Detained in Iran

The Guardian online is trying to "put a face to each of the hundreds -- possibly thousands-- killed or arrested... More

Keller “Celebrates” Iran Coverage

Iran is the subject of this week's nytimes.com Q&A, "Talk to the Newsroom" (so far, it's just Bill Keller, recently... More

Cable, Torn

Which to carry live: Rev. Al Sharpton and Michael Jackson's father holding a news conference about Jackson's funeral arrangements; Or,... More

Rutten: Jackson Coverage Bad

Just because "America's serious news media -- whether print, broadcast or cable -- are in the grip of a collective... More

A “News Blackout” in Honduras

From Reporters Without Borders, on the situation in Honduras: President Manuel Zelaya’s ouster was followed by a curfew during which... More

How To Get (Re)Booked On Cable

Chris Cillizza's contribution to YouTube's Reporters' Center is a video he calls "How To Not Sound Like An Idiot on... More

The NYT’s Sports Icon/Daddy Beat

On June 13th, with golf's U.S. Open approaching, the New York Times's Karen Crouse reported that golf star Tiger Woods... More

Yesterday in Inter-Media (Intra-Media?) Name-Calling

Have you heard? After some heated exchanges between The Washington Post's Dana Milbank and The Huffington Post's Nico Pitney during... More

Collaborative News Gathering, Embraced

The New York Times's Brian Stelter on reporting from and about Iran: [M]any mainstream media sources, which have in the... More

More Op-Charts, Please

There's something about getting straight data --presented on a pretend clip-board, in the middle of an opinion page-- that I... 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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