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NYT’s Incomplete Snark Review

Yesterday, the New York Times reviewed David Denvy's book, Snark... minus the chapter (yes, chapter) taking down Times columnist Maureen... More

Column Advice For Paul Krugman

In Ryan Lizza's New Yorker profile of Rahm Emanuel, the White House Chief of Staff and "political John McEnroe" offers... More

Does This Count As Early Childhood Education Reporting?

I was about to type up a post observing that according to US News & World Report's "Washington Whispers," Chris... More

Fleischer to WH Press: Don’t “Act Like Fools On National TV”

Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer predicts White House reporters will "make themselves look bad if left to their... More

Reporter-Rodent

Michael Miner was worried he'd have nothing to tell the young, aspiring journalists at an upcoming panel discussion. After talking... More

“Bait[ing]” Sasha Obama

Having filed her official Washington Post column about her recent ride with fellow columnists (Bob Herbert, Ron Brownstein, E.J. Dionne,... More

Somali U.N. Official Calls For “Truce”…”In Reporting”

"Why is a U.N. diplomat comparing Somali reporters to Rwandan war criminals?" asks Anna Husarska, a senior policy adviser at... More

NY Post In Obama-Chimp-Stimulus-Racism Flap…”

... right where the tabloid wants to be? For more on this "flap," see first here, and then here and,... More

Panhandle in Polk-Worthy Prose

Gay Talese! You just won a George Polk Award for career achievement! What will you do next? Apparently, this. More

“Media Being All Over” Bristol

Fox News squeezed a second night out of Greta Van Susteren's interview with 18-year-old Bristol Palin (mother of baby Tripp... More

Can’t Touch This

Try as they might, U.S. tabloids and cable news folks just can't sex up a chimp attack quite like the... More

Talking Back To Headlines

AP: "'Truth commission' could spark more partisanship" Me: Ya think? More

Is Your Blog Among Time’s “25 Best?”

Talkingpointsmemo tops the list. Andrew Sullivan's The Daily Dish made the cut, as did Paul Krugman's The Conscience of a... More

You Had Us At Chimp Attack

That chimp attack in Connecticut? Startling, upsetting story, to say the least. 200-pound pet chimpanzee in Stamford, Connecticut severely mauls... More

15 Most-Visited Newspaper Web Sites

Neiman Journalism Lab tallied "the top 15 newspaper websites of 2008" by average monthly unique visitors (based on Nielsen Online... More

And Tomorrow’s Polks?

It's hard to read about all the outstanding journalism (investigative, international, local, labor, environmental, etc.) recognized by the George Polk... More

Bristol Palin More Comfortable On The Record Than Van Susteren

Part 1 of Greta Van Susteren’s interview with Gov. Sarah Palin’s 18-year-old daughter, Bristol Palin (and family), aired last night... More

More on Dover Media Ban

The Washington Post has a piece today on the Dover media ban, including a brief history of the policy and... More

Pelosi: “The Media Did Not Fairly Repesent Them”

From Salon's Q&A with Alexandra Pelosi (daughter of Nancy, director of Journeys With George) about her new documentary, "Right America:... More

TNR Surveys “The Carnage”

The current issue of The New Republic offers many ways (long and short, funny and less-so) to worry about journalism... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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