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Campaign ‘08, Newshole Hog

Last week campaign coverage filled 50% of the overall newshole, "its third-highest level of weekly coverage in 2008," says the... More

Witch Watch

Speaking of witches, Rachel Sklar sees one in the illustration accompanying Michael Crowley's "What Undid Hillary" piece from Sunday's LA... More

Redemption in Baghdad?

George Packer tells the New York Observer: The press did discredit itself in the lead-up to the war. But I... More

The “Kill The Witch” Game

Forget Is America Ready for a Black President? Or Is America Ready for a Female President? Have you stopped to... More

Clinton Grudge List: Does It Exist?

We know journalists love lists. But does a Clinton Grudge List exist? Depends, I guess, on what your definition of... More

Russert (Et Al) Rejected! Rejoice?

Any media critic haunted by a feeling they are forever writing the equivalent of You hurt America. Don't do it... More

Friedman’s 4th Rule For Successful Web Journalism

"Entertain." Asked to give some "tough love" to Web-wary magazine editors assembled at a recent conference, MarketWatch's Jon Friedman came... More

Fist-Bump is The New Flag Pin?

To one reporter, "the fist bump heard 'round the world" exchanged by Barack and Michelle Obama last Tuesday evening "was... More

Reporting (and Fact Checking?) “High-End Gossip”

"Lies are the new facts." So says Gina Gershon, the actress who has been seeking a retraction from Vanity Fair... More

Cable Pundit Apology Watch

It's a sorry state of affairs on cable news, indeed. Chris Matthews...David Shuster...Liz Trotta... ...And on MSNBC just now, an... More

What Really Happened

So, What Happened, really (as it applies to both Hillary Clinton's campaign for the Democratic nomination and to the White... More

Reading (And Reporting) “Bird Entrails”

"It is possible," writes the New York Times' Guy Trebay in yesterday's Sunday Styles, "at a time when campaign images... More

Yellow Journalism

As we were saying, it's been a hell of a primary season but now it's time to get serious. John... More

Was Tuesday A Milestone for TV News?

Brian Stelter, at his New York Times TV Decoder blog, reports that Tuesday night "may have been only the second... More

News Pundits: Like “Doppler-less Weathermen” and Other Insights

After a montage of year-plus-old clips of cable commentators declaring Hillary Clinton "inevitable" (and variations thereof), Jon Stewart last night... More

Precision in Labeling

Over at TPM Cafe, Todd Gitlin (who writes CJR's "Russert Watch" column) schools reporters on the definition of "condescension" and... More

“Nicest Guy,” “Vengeful Journalism”

Now can we talk about the piece, not Purdum?

I saw many journalists (on cable and elsewhere) rush to vouch for Vanity Fair's Todd Purdum in recent days. Mostly... More

“History,” “Destiny,” “Finally”

There are different takes and tones to the headlines greeting America this morning bearing the news that, as several papers... More

VP Obedience Training (Oh, Behave!)

Yes, "What Does Hillary Want?" as everyone in the campaign press has been asking, as Clinton herself asked and (sort... More

When Post-Partisan Candidate Attacks

Most candidates for political office criticize or attack their opponents. Barack Obama, however, is, per the New York Times' Michael... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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