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Reporters On Michelle Obama? “Rapt.” (Really?)

For Radar's September issue (excerpt online), Ana Marie Cox explains how "the press corps" really feels about Michelle Obama: Michelle... More

Shafer’s Tips For Convention Coverage

Jack Schafer bemoans the flock of "pressies" who descend on the typically newsless political conventions ("Slate, I'm embarrassed to admit,... More

A “Rubber Slipper” By Any Other Name

From today's Honolulu Star Bulletin: Sen. Barack Obama's campaign is keeping the candidate away from much of the typical Hawaiian... More

Yes, She Can!

She knows low-brow! She knows high! In a single paragraph, she proves her pop culture IQ spans centuries (and oceans)!... More

Fox News: “Who Are We To Say It’s Not The Truth?”

“Sasquatch’s Remains” In A Cooler in Georgia

Fox News' Megyn Kelly may have just now stumbled upon a new tag line for Fox News ("Fair and Balanced"... More

Bureau of One

The New York Times reports on CNN's plan to do more with less by assigning "one-man bands" to assorted U.S.... More

Last Week’s Campaign News: 31% Substance!*

According to the new PEJ study of campaign news coverage, "policy debates accounted for about 31% of the campaign newshole... More

Pressing Pigeon

If you're a "former close friend to [John] Edwards’ mistress" with something[s] to say about The Edwards Story, TV news... More

Meanwhile, In PA…

John McCain is this much closer to checking off that must-have presidential photo-op: Candidate in Camo (doing something mannishly outdoorsy).... More

Bring a Reporter to Work Day?

The Associated Press sent two different reporters to examine from two different angles the presidential candidates' offices and tell us... More

Inside Barack Obama

Obama Vacation News from the (Honolulu) Star Bulletin: Unlike previous days when [Barack Obama] spent a lot of time outdoors,... More

“Very Little Real News?” We’re In!

Bill Schneider, a CNN political analyst, confessed just now during a report previewing the Democratic National Convention: There will be... More

“Bad Reasons” To Cover (And Not Cover) Edwards Story

Time's TV blogger James Poniewozik spends "more time to come to fewer conclusions than any blog post I have ever... More

Preview: CNN’s DNC Convention Costume!

Reporting in Texas on that state's March primary, CNN's Ali Velshi was on horseback in a ten gallon hat (authentic... More

Dateline Honolulu

I suppose these types of stories can be written just as well from outside the Beltway (way, way out), writing... More

TPM on The Page On Election “Insight”

If you like your "election insight in some sort of dingbat aphorisms," have a look at this post from The... More

Edwards, Enquirer, Self-Examination…

Politico's Michael Calderone explains "why I also didn't write on John Edwards:" It was decided that writing on the rumors... More

Frequent Liar* Miles?

Paul Farhi reports that the McCain campaign is offering incentives (points! prizes!) to people for spreading campaign rhetoric online (a.k.a.,... More

Kurtz Lets Us In On a Little Secret

"The media can make anyone sound mysterious and unknowable," writes Howard Kurtz in today's Washington Post, and then tries to... More

Candidate or Caped Crusader?

Can you tell a lot about a presidential candidate by which superhero he says he would be? Entertainment Weekly (Ew.com)... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

The worst journalism of 2014 - A recap of the year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

Why the media don’t get Detroit—and why it matters - Coverage of declining cities is too often simplistic and lacking historical context

21st-century censorship - Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media

Jesse Brown punctures Canada’s media bubble - The independent journalist uses his website and podcast to break stories that might otherwise go unpublished


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

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