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Untangling the “Influence Web” (With a Click)

For your reading and reporting tool box, an addition: an influence detector, as Poligraft is described by its creator, the... More

Boston Globe Damning CNN With Faint Praise?

The Boston Globe has an editorial today (via Romo) headlined, "Back off, critics-- TV news benefits from fresher voices," addressing... More

Reporting on the “Almost Irrelevant”

Here's Politico's John Harris, during a roundtable on yesterday's This Week (with "globe-trotter Fancy-Pants" Christiane Amanpour), chiming in on the... More

Will Haiti Be “At the Mercy of a Mediagenic Person?”

The New York Times reports today on "Haitian-American hip-hop artist" Wyclef Jean's plans to run for president of Haiti: Revealingly,... More

Covering the $531,378 a Day Campaign

KQED’s John Myers talks Meg Whitman v. Jerry Brown

On Monday, statewide candidates in California, including gubernatorial candidates Meg Whitman (R) and Jerry Brown (D), filed campaign finance disclosure... More

“Anchor Babies” is Not

... a new show on Nickelodeon starring baby BriWi and pals (per last night's Daily Show): If only. Who are... More

Accessory to the Candidate

In anticipation of Florida's primary day, August 24, the St. Petersburg Times on Sunday helped acquaint readers with the wives... More

More Songs For Amanpour

One TV critic's "panache and briskness" is another's "shrill and showy." Some of the very things that the New York... More

Mercury News: Lobbyists As “Shadow Legislature” in CA

A special report explains the “Sacramento version” of lawmaking

There's the "Civics Class Version" of “How Laws Are Created," in which, in brief, a legislator has an idea for... More

Obama on The View (On Afghanistan, On Snooki)

For anyone, like me, who happens not to right now be watching (and/or Twittering about), President Obama on The View... More

For CNN: The “What Glenn Beck Said” Show

Nancy Franklin On Television in the current New Yorker: Everyone, it seems, is a media hound and a media watchdog... More

The Summer of Alvin Greene?

"People who write about Alvin Greene are going to get clicked on," [Democratic operative Wyeth] Ruthven explains to Politico's Jonathan... More

Be Joy Behar (What Would You Ask Obama?)

A "non-traditional news show” is how the White House describes ABC's The View, in explaining to the New York Times's... More

Blog Reax to WikiLeaks’s Leak (Afghan War’s Pentagon Papers?)

Once you’ve finished reading the 90,000-plus mostly classified Afghanistan-related U.S. military documents brought to you by WikiLeaks, you can read... More

A Story in Screen Shots: Cable News Covers Lohan

A chronological summary, in screen shots, of the cable news coverage of Lindsay Lohan reporting to the Beverly Hills Municipal... More

The Young and The Burned Out

The "state of the media business these days," writes the New York Times's Jeremy W. Peters, is "frantic and fatigued."... More

It’s Morning in “Top Secret America”

The Washington Post rolls out its significant "Top Secret America" project today, a public records-based investigation of America's post-9/11 national... More

BBC for Us!

BBC is today launching an original U.S. news Web site! (When Jay Rosen met with BBC execs, he tweets, he... More

Most Politico Sentence In Politico Piece

It's hard to choose just one. But, here's my vote for The Most Politico (Half-)Sentence in the Politico piece today,... More

Some Spice in the Pundit Pool

Yesterday, George Stephanopoulos's offerings on Good Morning America looked, sounded, and smelled a lot like his offerings on This Week... 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


You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

In the digital sphere, ‘magazine’ = money (Digiday)

“A single page in a glossy magazine could be discounted by more than half its open rate and still get an effective CPM of about $70. Online display ad CPMs average under $3”

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