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Today’s Number 1 and Number 2 Headlines…

... thematically, anyway. From the Wall Street Journal: "In Paris, Behavior Brigade Battles to Make Oui-Oui a Non-Non" And, from... More

Breaking: Bernie Madoff’s Beach House Has (Ew!) “Formica Countertops”

Reporters have been given a video walk-through of Bernie Madoff's Montauk, New York beach house. And? Not so impressed. This... More

DePaul U. Delivers On McSweeney’s “Internet-Age Writing Syllabus?”

At McSweeney's back in April, Robert Lanham unveiled his "Internet-Age Writing Syllabus and Course Overview" for (wink, wink) "ENG 371WR:... More

“The Strangulation of the Sri Lankan Press”

From a profile of Sri Lanka's president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, written for The (UK) Independent by a "special correspondent," "a Sri... More

Blame Reporters, Bloggers And Readers…

Yesterday, Washington Post ombud Andrew Alexander wrote about readers' requests for "more explanatory journalism" on health care reform (and less... More

Sri Lankan Journalist Found Guilty of “Creat[ing] Communal Disharmony”

Via AP: A Sri Lankan reporter singled out by President Barack Obama as an example of persecuted journalists around the... More

NYT Mag’s $400K Story: A Cost Breakdown

Clara Jeffery at Mother Jones got the New York Times Magazine's editor, Gerald Marzorati, to break down, via email, the... More

“A First Television Job on Today Is” Like…

President Bush's daughter, Jenna (Bush) Hager, has been hired as a "special correspondent" for NBC's Today show (my money would... More

Chris Wallace, Cheney Groupie?

Andrew Sullivan's take on Chris Wallace's interview with former Vice President Dick Cheney yesterday on Fox News Sunday: Now look:... More

Dowd’s (Kinda Hollow) Who Are You

Today, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd asks, of people who write nasty things anonymously online, "Who are these people... More

NYT’s “Arab Press Roundup”

The New York Times online has an interesting, if brief, roundup of "discussions inside the Arab world, as played out... More

Hoarse to Horse: Health Care Coverage “Storyline Shifted Last Week”

Per PEJ's News Coverage Index, "the debate over health care proved to be the No. 1 story" for the fifth... More

Found: Another “Calm,” “Respectful” Town Hall Questioner

Yesterday, New York Times readers met Bob Collier, a man who did not yell while expressing at a recent town... More

Photo Quiz: Guess the Topic of This MSNBC Segment

What is this? What was MSNBC reporting on here? Yes. This is an image of MSNBC's Dr. Nancy Snyderman (playing... More

And Maureen Dowd’s Webinar Will Be On?

Per Nieman Lab: School’s in session at The New York Times this fall, and the professors include some big bylines... More

NYT Profiles Man Who Uses Indoor Voice at Health Care Town Hall

Today, a (non-TV) news outlet profiles a "calm," "respectful questioner" from a health care town hall. (Not that yelling and... More

“Template For Future Newspaper” on Russia’s “Extremism List”

From the Moscow Times (via Passport blog): Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Winnie the Pooh share a dubious honor: Anyone... More

Hoyt: NYT Must Laugh With (Not At) Readers

New York Times public editor Clark Hoyt hears readers' complaints (including "fat hatred" and "class bias") stemming from that bitingly... More

Contest: Non-Newsiest News From Obama’s Vineyard Vacation

The president goes on vacation; the press goes with him (some, literally). And so "news" will be filed. See a... More

Couric on Cankles

In Katie Couric's "Notebook" today (which I was tricked into reading via a Twitter promo-link posted by Couric or Couric... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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