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“First Line of Surveillance of All The News…”

... is how Josh Marshall described the role of TalkingPointsMemo.com's readers on last night's Colbert Report. (From Colbert's intro: "Here's... More

Twitter Karma

Beware, Jack Shafer ("Doubting Twitter. Let's not get carried away about its role in Iran's demonstrations"). When you speak ill... More

Who Remains To Report In Iran

From the New York Times: After the visas of most visiting journalists expire [including, today, NPR's correspondent and the Times's... More

NYT’s “Coy” Iran Coverage?

From Time's James Poniewozik, via Twitter: Is it just me or does nytimes #iranelection coverage seem strangely coy? As if... More

President Harms Fly; TV News Harms America

CNBC's John Harwood had a sit-down with President Obama yesterday during which they discussed.... during which the president addressed... um,... More

CNN’s “Unverified Material”

A segment from last night's Daily Show mocking a new on-screen ID that's popped up on CNN during reports on... More

(Where To) Get Your Iran News

Both The Nation's iran_s_twitter_revolution?rel=emailNation">Ari Berman and Politico's Ben Smith offer recommendations for where to get news (and commentary) about Iran.... More

Twitter Triumphalism? (“CNNFail” and All I Got Was This T-Shirt)

For just $17.99, you can be the proud (triumphant) owner of this #CNNFail ringer T. Probably you've heard of #CNNFail?... More

Kristof’s Elite Tweets

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof tweacts to making The Twitter Elite (or Twitter's "suggested user list," on which the... More

Iran on Today’s Front Pages

Well. Here's how the New York Post today plays the news from Iran. I'm guessing they're alone with that headline,... More

“Off-The-Record,” Explained Through Role Play…

... for the benefit of "angry bloggers," by Choire Sicha at The Awl. Bringing, er, total clarity to one of... More

Keller in Tehran: Admirable? Useful? “Creeping Meachamism?”

The New York Times's executive editor, Bill Keller, is filing A-1 election-related reports from Tehran, a co-bylined "news analysis" today... More

FiveThirtyEight on Iran’s “Fishy” Election Results

Working on a longer post about Iran election coverage, but for now here's FiveThirtyEight's Renard Sexton on the "fishy" election... More

Twitter’s Time Has (Now Officially) Come?

"Is Twitter no longer an ultra-hip refuge for the perpetually plugged-in?" wonders the Washington Post's Howard Kurtz today. How might... More

The NYT’s “Aged News”

Seeking, perhaps, a high-profile way to appear the "good sport," the New York Times granted The Daily Show a tour... More

“I Admire [Maureen Dowd’s] Writing But…”

...not so much the stuff in today's column about President Bush. Fox News's Karl Rove on the New York Times's... More

On Michelle Obama’s Westminster Abbey Outfit

From the (London) Times: While Mrs. Obama is "correct" to wear her bright colors "stacked," and the colors themselves are... More

What? You Expected Intelligent Discussion Roses?

I'm not sure why any of this is news (what Dave Letterman said about Gov. Sarah Palin; what Palin said... More

Covering Abortion

At the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, Eyal Press, who wrote a book on the 1998 murder of Dr.... More

Saberi’s Advice For Lee and Ling

"Try to turn the challenges you are facing into opportunities...No one can hurt your soul," are among the bits of... 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”

Bloggingheads

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