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Al Roker Sure Loves His “Man Candy”

Seems Al Roker, of NBC’s Today Show, has a sweet spot for the expression “man candy.”

Many a television newsman has had a signature phrase, whether it's a unique sign-off or a particular expression that viewers... More

How Do You Photograph the Amish? Let Us Count the Ways

Covering a grieving community whose beliefs prohibit them from being photographed is a tricky, sensitive assignment — but an eminently doable one.

Last week, as details of the murders at an Amish school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania were still unfolding, a CJR... More

Who Are the Amish? Daily News Shows; Post Calls

After the Pennsylvania school shooting, a couple of New York tabloids struggle to explain these mysterious Amish to us.

Does it matter? Does it really matter for readers if a reporter, covering a side-bar-type story to a main news... More

Reuters: Cash-Strapped Fools to Drown Sorrows — Yeah!

Every autumn comes interested industry parties predicting strong holiday sales — and reporters who find such forecasts newsworthy.

In a development that would seem to bode well for the annual Reuters holiday party, Reuters cheerfully reports today that... More

Clinton’s Leg-acy: “Unsightly Man-Calf”

Tip to politicians and other public figures: want to distract at least some media types from talking too much about timely topics? Show some leg.

Tip to politicians and other public figures: want to distract at least some media types from talking too much about... More

The Smell of Marketing in the Morning

If you’re an anxious marketing manager in an industry desperate for a hit holiday-season product, where in the media might you go to hype your newest ware?

If you're an anxious marketing manager in an industry desperate for a hit holiday-season product, where in the media might... More

Chandler Burr Brings a Point de Repère to Perfume Criticism

The New York Times’ new perfume critic explains what “smelling fresh insecticide while locked in an aluminum cell” might be like.

Reading Chandler Burr on perfume is like being trapped in a complex weather system, like looking down into a well... More

What Couric Left Behind

Think she’ll be nostalgic for “Today?” Think again.

Hazing happens in many a fraternity -- journalism included. And, with five days until Katie Couric's debut as anchor of... More

Roger Weisberg on Waging a Living and How the Press Covers Poverty

The award-winning documentary filmmaker discusses the process and challenges of depicting poverty in America.

Producer/director Roger Weisberg joined public television station Thirteen/WNET New York in 1976. He produced dozens of programs on subjects including... More

With Analysis, Anything Is Possible

We know “speculation” is a powerful force capable of many things (attracting anonymice and influencing journalists, for example) — but, merging companies?

The sub-hed on a story this week in the Chicago Tribune about potential upcoming consolidation in the airline industry reads... More

News Flash: Some People Want to Be Rich

A USA Today story about being rich proves once again that August really is a slow news month.

Though August has a reputation for being a quiet news month, "the truth is it has never been true," Rome... More

Neil Vigdor on Joe Lieberman and Living in Greenwich on a Reporter’s Salary

The politics reporter for Greenwich Time and The (Stamford) Advocate discusses covering the Connecticut Senate race and the impact of blogs.

Neil Vigdor covers Connecticut politics for Greenwich Time and The (Stamford) Advocate, sister daily newspapers owned by Tribune Publishing Co.... More

Code Red, Fear-Mongering and Fat Babies

It’s business as usual in the blogosphere, where the punching bags du jour include the media, politicians and fellow bloggers.

Today's punching bags in the blogosphere? The media. Politicians. Fellow bloggers. In other words, business as usual. Nathan Goulding of... More

Lamont Wins, and the Breast-Beating Begins

Bloggers celebrate Ned Lamont’s victory in the Democratic Senate primary in Connecticut and suggest the media have joined Joe Lieberman in Loserville.

Ned Lamont has won the Democratic Senate primary in Connecticut. Joining Lamont in a victory dance? Some bloggers. And joining... More

Contemplating Hell … Heaven … And the End of the War on Terror

Life in hell, thoughts on heaven, and what President Bush has on his nightstand and in his dressing room.

One man's life "in hell." One man's thoughts on heaven. These and other goodies in this week's newsmagazines. First, the... More

It’s Gonna Be a Long Morning

Would it be too much to ask that morning news shows use some news judgment when it comes to placement given and time spent covering Mel Gibson’s DUI arrest? Of course it’s too much to ask.

On all three major networks yesterday morning, the news stories that kicked off the seven o'clock hour were, not necessarily... More

Trend-Hunters Scooped on Hunting Trend

The New York Times Styles section gets beaten on some cutting-edge trend news from its own back yard.

Perhaps it's time for the New York Times once-arch Styles section to consider just running wire copy. Today, while the... More

CNN Discovers … Book of Revelation!

We thought “Could you catch fire during surgery?” was a sensational, scare-mongering TV news segment, but CNN has gone one better: “Developing Story: Is it The End?”

Not so long ago, we thought "Could you catch fire during surgery?" was a sensational, scare-mongering title for a television... 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


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”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

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