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Quote of the Morning…

... not from a News Importance standpoint or anything, just, well... here are a few words on New York City's... More

“We Will Make BP Pay”

"We will make BP Pay" are among the words from President Obama's Oval Office address last night that seemed to... More

Combatting Oil Spill Fatigue “Jejune Ennui”

The WaPo's Tom Shales today gives the Style-ish take on the oil spill, as seen on TV. Shales argues that... More

Afghan Minerals Story “Aroused Considerable Suspicion from Times Readers”…

... notes Bassey Etim at The New York Times's The Lede blog today (of James Risen's A1 Times piece today,... More

Prez Should Stop “[C]omplaining on TV about TV”

The Nation's Ari Melber has, according to his headline, "The Solution to Obama's BP Press Problem." Writes Melber: Obama is... More

WaPo, NYT, Anonymous Sources

"[B]y casually agreeing to conceal the identities of those who provide non-critical information, The [Washington] Post erodes its credibility and... More

More On Super-Soakering With Sources

In response to questions from Twitter followers, Mark Knoller, White House correspondent for CBS News Radio, has been tweeting about... More

Carly Fiorina Hands Sean Hannity a New Tagline

Yesterday, Carly Fiorina, California's brand new Republican Senatorial candidate, had herself an open mic situation while waiting to begin an... More

Primaries & The Gang

And the feelin's right/Oh, yes it's... ABC News CBS News's Bob Schieffer: "The biggest election day of the year heading... More

FP On How Media Misread Tehran

Foreign Policy has an interesting package of stories reflecting on the media coverage of last year's elections in Iran, including... More

Those Who Play Spray Together…

What do you get when you bring together a water slide, Wolf Blitzer (among other journalists), water guns, and Rahmbo... More

“When Jesus Rode a Gay Dinosaur That Had Breast Cancer…”

... to See a Historically Famous American President." David Carr's (slightly?) exaggerated stab at a typical newsweekly "single topic" cover... More

NYT Sourcing: An “Internet Link” “Alleges…”

How's this for sourcing (flagged by a tipster) in the New York Times's A1 story today, "Turkish Funds Helped Group... More

Fineman on Gores: “Finally”

The "surprise" of it all. That has been the overwhelming theme in the (unsurprising) flurry of awkward, speculative commentary from... More

Turner on CNN: More Green Journalism; “Less Yellow Journalism”

CNN is 30 years old today! The on-air celebration has been, so far, low key. There was birthday cake at... More

Meet the “Shadow Congress”

TPM's Zachary Roth (formerly of CJR) and Justin Elliott have put together an interactive map of the "Shadow Congress," the... More

Press Conference To-Do Lists (“Show Us The Anger!”)

With President Obama scheduled to hold a press conference in about an hour, the Washington Post's Karen Tumulty has a... More

Attention! Pay No More to Palin?

Author and reporter Joe McGinniss has apparently rented the house next door to Sarah Palin's in Wasilla, Alaska, the better... More

Santorum Cracks the Code to Getting Coverage

Rick Santorum, the former two-term Republican Senator from Pennsylvania and current Fox News contributor and Philadelphia Inquirer columnist, was... More

“She Sat With Her Legs Ajar…”

... is what the Washington Post's Style columnist -- yes, Robin Givhan (of I see Clinton cleavage fame)-- wants you... 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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Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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