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The Economist’s “Nerd Chic”

In naming The Economist "Magazine of the Year," Ad Age paraphrases an ad agency VP saying that the publication is... More

Inside Baseball, All Right

CNN has a deep bench on debate nights -- rows of seated pundits, laptops glowing before them, telling us what... More

Good Morning America (It Was, ‘Til Now)

What's worse (low-information-, high-headache-quotient) than a morning news show segment pitting Campaign A's spokesperson against Campaign B's spokesperson (headline, "Getting... More

As Economy Sags

Our economy? It's sagging. What does that mean? What now? Well, some things are going to grow and some things... More

More Snubbery?

The makings of SnubGate II? More

He-Said, She-Said (Headline Edition)

A headline from the online version of today's Anchorage Daily News: "Debate seen as chance for Palin rebound" and, subhed:... More

Do Better. Here’s How

Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, explains how election coverage might be improved. In a nutshell:... More

Mean Girls?

Washington Post political reporter Ann Kornblut talks to the National Journal about "Sexism in the Media." In part: Q: Last... More

An Earful From Ifill

I haven't heard back from Gwen Ifill (see yesterday's post) but Ifill did talk to the Associated Press to respond... More

Drudge Raises a Point

Gwen Ifill has done solid, important journalism. She’ll likely be a good, tough, and neutral moderator to the vice-presidential debate.... More

“Smackdown” Lawsuit Smacked Down

Congratulations to Susan Paterno on the dismissal of the defamation lawsuit the Santa Barbara News-Press filed against her based on... More

One Pirate, Who Requested Anonymity…

... because he feared being made to walk the plank... I've found it a bit of a challenge (being on... More

For You, For You, I Came For You

MSNBC's Contessa Brewer is right now reporting live from Wall Street (outside, on a street, in downtown Manhattan). She is... More

But, They’re Not

If wishes were horses then beggars would ride. And if cookie sales were votes, reports KTAR radio in Phoenix, then... More

It’s Been A While

Jayson Blair makes two appearances in the current issue of New York magazine (the "40th Anniversary" issue). See the list... More

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


The truth about Google X

A look behind the secretive lab’s closed doors

How to shop online

Sister-websites Wirecutter and Sweethome will give you just one recommendation per product, for everything from WiFi routers to nail clippers

The future of Facebook may not say ‘Facebook’

The future of the social network is apps—lots and lots of apps

Bitcoin creator ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ unmasked-again?

A linguistics analysis suggests that Nick Szabo, a well known name in cryptography circles, is the mysterious father of the digital currency

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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