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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

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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