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Campaign ‘08, Newshole Hog

Last week campaign coverage filled 50% of the overall newshole, "its third-highest level of weekly coverage in 2008," says the... More

Witch Watch

Speaking of witches, Rachel Sklar sees one in the illustration accompanying Michael Crowley's "What Undid Hillary" piece from Sunday's LA... More

Redemption in Baghdad?

George Packer tells the New York Observer: The press did discredit itself in the lead-up to the war. But I... More

The “Kill The Witch” Game

Forget Is America Ready for a Black President? Or Is America Ready for a Female President? Have you stopped to... More

Clinton Grudge List: Does It Exist?

We know journalists love lists. But does a Clinton Grudge List exist? Depends, I guess, on what your definition of... More

Russert (Et Al) Rejected! Rejoice?

Any media critic haunted by a feeling they are forever writing the equivalent of You hurt America. Don't do it... More

Friedman’s 4th Rule For Successful Web Journalism

"Entertain." Asked to give some "tough love" to Web-wary magazine editors assembled at a recent conference, MarketWatch's Jon Friedman came... More

Fist-Bump is The New Flag Pin?

To one reporter, "the fist bump heard 'round the world" exchanged by Barack and Michelle Obama last Tuesday evening "was... More

Reporting (and Fact Checking?) “High-End Gossip”

"Lies are the new facts." So says Gina Gershon, the actress who has been seeking a retraction from Vanity Fair... More

Cable Pundit Apology Watch

It's a sorry state of affairs on cable news, indeed. Chris Matthews...David Shuster...Liz Trotta... ...And on MSNBC just now, an... More

What Really Happened

So, What Happened, really (as it applies to both Hillary Clinton's campaign for the Democratic nomination and to the White... More

Reading (And Reporting) “Bird Entrails”

"It is possible," writes the New York Times' Guy Trebay in yesterday's Sunday Styles, "at a time when campaign images... More

Yellow Journalism

As we were saying, it's been a hell of a primary season but now it's time to get serious. John... More

Was Tuesday A Milestone for TV News?

Brian Stelter, at his New York Times TV Decoder blog, reports that Tuesday night "may have been only the second... More

News Pundits: Like “Doppler-less Weathermen” and Other Insights

After a montage of year-plus-old clips of cable commentators declaring Hillary Clinton "inevitable" (and variations thereof), Jon Stewart last night... More

Precision in Labeling

Over at TPM Cafe, Todd Gitlin (who writes CJR's "Russert Watch" column) schools reporters on the definition of "condescension" and... More

“Nicest Guy,” “Vengeful Journalism”

Now can we talk about the piece, not Purdum?

I saw many journalists (on cable and elsewhere) rush to vouch for Vanity Fair's Todd Purdum in recent days. Mostly... More

“History,” “Destiny,” “Finally”

There are different takes and tones to the headlines greeting America this morning bearing the news that, as several papers... More

VP Obedience Training (Oh, Behave!)

Yes, "What Does Hillary Want?" as everyone in the campaign press has been asking, as Clinton herself asked and (sort... More

When Post-Partisan Candidate Attacks

Most candidates for political office criticize or attack their opponents. Barack Obama, however, is, per the New York Times' Michael... 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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