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Embeds: The Good, The Bad, and The Accurate

From Charlie Reed of Stars and Stripes, reporters embedding with U.S. forces in Afghanistan are subject to a background profile... More

Filkins: “Afghan Girls Live Their Lives in Reverse”

From the New York Times Magazine "special issue" I mentioned below, a compelling piece by Dexter Filkins, "A School Bus... More

You Know It’s Late August When…

This Sunday's New York Times Magazine, a "special issue:" Saving The World's Women Actually, I've been looking forward to reading... More

Can We Hear From David Brooks on Michelle’s Shorts?

Knowing that today is a Maureen Dowd Day in the New York Times, I was hoping to learn What David... More

In Afghanistan: “We Are Going To Continue With Our Normal Reporting”

The AP on the Afghan Foreign Ministry's recent "demand" ("request?") that Afghan journalists "avoid 'broadcasting any incidence of violence' between... More

Please Be Kidding This Time, Daily Show

I have seen MSNBC's cringe-making segment called No Way! during which Donny Deutsch and Tamron Hall discuss wacky, way-out news... More

Novak’s “Empty Chair Approach”

When I hear "Robert Novak" and "empty chair," I think of that moment in 2005 when Novak cursed on-air on... More

Colleagues Remember Robert Novak

Lynn Sweet on her Chicago Sun Times colleague (headline: "Robert Novak, Chicago Sun-Times Columnist, 'Prince of Darkness' died Tuesday"): Chicago... More

Just In: “What Will Happen With Michael Jackson’s Body”

CNN had the news first, at 11:17 AM: This just in to us here in the newsroom. Michael Jackson hasn't... More

Kostric On “Irresponsible Reporting,” “Hoplophobia”

From Part 1 of The Faster Times's Q&A with William Kostric, a.k.a, The Man Who Brought The Loaded Gun to... More

The Future of All The News That’s Fit to Print…

...will be crowdsourced? Shaped by an ongoing, online marketing survey? The New York Times Insight Lab wants you -- Times... More

“I Want To Know What You Think…”

Deep thoughts from last night's Daily Show on those unavoidable cable news polls -- Are health care town halls making... More

Match the Ombud to the Offense!

Three newspaper ombuds. Three recent columns. Below are excerpts from the work of the following reader representatives: Siobhan Butterworth of... More

Not Since Tucker Carlson…

... doffed his bow tie to compete* on ABC's Dancing With The Stars in 2006 (only to be declared "an... More

“Unemployed Copy Editors” to the Rescue?

On MSNBC this morning, I caught a bit of a discussion between Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough and guest Pete... More

Who Could “Spring For” Clinton’s Africa Trip

The New York Times' East Africa bureau chief, Jeffrey Gettleman, joined the traveling press accompanying Sec. of State Clinton around... More

Could You Be (Are You Being) “Coerced” Into Reading Time?

In response to (sigh, must we? really? apparently so) Sarah Palin's latest Facebook post on "death panels," (particularly the part... More

“We Have a [CNBC] Request For…Lots of Anger”

In case you haven't seen this, CNBC apparently spelled out/sought out what other cable channels have been merely courting for... More

Town Hall Highlight Reel Star Explains Herself on Hannity

Here is Katy Abram explaining to Fox News's Sean Hannity last night how she was transformed from an unthinking Bill... More

Choose Your Own Interviewer on 60 Minutes?

An online commenter helps Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik distill his argument that having James Brown (a CBS Sports... 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


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

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’”

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