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Newsweeklies Thwarted By Publishing Cycle, and New York Discovers Blogs

The major newsweeklies mock Vice President Cheney, New York profiles “blog moguls” and The Washington Monthly discovers a new way of quantifying media bias.

Fresh off its finger-on-the-pulse report two weeks ago about "students with everything going for them engaging in orgy lite," as... More

A Barrage of Cringe-Worthy Valentine Stories

This time of year, a certain amount of cringe-worthy Valentine’s Day-related reporting is to be expected. But just because you know it’s coming, doesn’t make it any easier to stomach.

This time of year, a certain amount of cringe-worthy Valentine's Day-related reporting is to be expected from practitioners of "service... More

Pinning Down the President About - What?

The Associated Press calls itself “the essential global news network.” We’d suggest adding “the official home of the 2008 election-related non-story.”

The Associated Press calls itself "the essential global news network." Might we suggest an added tag: "The official home of... More

The State of State of the Union Reporting

Some reporters must call a “certified movement analyst” to decipher politicians’ expressions. Others dispense with expertise and perform this sort of analysis all by themselves.

Some reporters must call a "certified movement analyst" to decipher politicians' expressions and gesticulations. Others dispense with expertise and perform... More

Handicapping the State of the Union Address

In advance of the president’s speech, the press produced endless (and pointless) State of the Union preview pieces.

President Bush will spend tonight addressing the nation. So how did the press spend today? Why, by producing endless (and... More

Couric Leads With Chin, Then With Butt

Katie Couric conspicuously failed to explain to her audience the specifics of the Abramoff scandal in a segment this morning — and then changed the subject to the human anatomy.

This morning, NBC's Katie Couric conducted a five-minute interview with Howard Dean touching on a range of timely topics. At... More

Marriage Boosts Income, Says Media Because Someone Said It

On a slow news day, reporting on the results of some scientific study or another - no matter how silly - can make for quick, easy filler.

On a slow news day, reporting on the results of some scientific study or another can make for quick, easy... More

Who Needs a Brochure When We Have the New York Times?

In an article about two new obesity drugs, the paper omits a crucial detail about one of its sources.

About one-third of the way into her piece in the business section of Tuesday's New York Times, Stephanie Saul, it... More

Times to Expose “Bloggers With Fingers”

The paper invents a non-trend: business travelers who don’t blog!

We're guessing it went something like this: New York Times reporter pitching story to editor: Everyone has a blog. In... More

Gabriel Sherman on Getting Thin-Skinned Journalists to Talk

The New York Observer reporter talks about cracking the New York Times and Conde Nast, and getting linked by Romenesko.

Gabriel Sherman is a media reporter at the New York Observer, where he has covered Judith Miller's resignation from... More

Saved by the Sobs

Bloggers want to know: Were Martha-Ann Bomgardner’s tears during her Supreme Court nominee-husband’s confirmation hearings for real, or staged for effect?

Had Martha-Ann Bomgardner not begun to weep in the middle of her Supreme Court nominee-husband's confirmation hearings yesterday, we're not... More

“World News Tonight” Fails to Implode, Critics Disappointed

Media watchers ponder whether “kiddos” Elizabeth Vargas and Bob Woodruff have the requisite “gravitas” to carry ABC’s flagship newscast, which they began hosting Tuesday.

"Good luck, kiddo." So said Charles Gibson (the 62-year-old almost-anchor of ABC's "World News Tonight") to 43-year-old Elizabeth Vargas (who,... More

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


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