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Joe, Cool

While "Joe" (as in, The Plumber) was a frequently-used word during last night's debate, "cool" is a frequently-used word in... More

Apples to Acorn

Fox News may be ahead in quantity of Acorn-related coverage (between Saturday and today at 3:00pm, TVEyes shows 556 mentions... More

Intro to Campaign Reporting

From the New York Times's scene from Hofstra University, host of tonight's presidential debate: In a class on nonverbal communication,... More

Joe McCain, Ex-Reporter, Wants To Talk

Sen. John McCain's younger brother, a onetime reporter, wants the McCain campaign to re-open press access (to the candidate and... More

“Tone and Tactics” Coverage

From PEJ's report on last week's campaign coverage: [T]he media narrative of the campaign focused on tone and tactics last... More

AP: What “Could” Happen at Debate

From the AP's Liz Sidoti: Advisers for each candidate say he will use the final debate to lay out his... More

Wolf Blitzer, Mother’s Helper?

From The Daily Beast's "Dear Sarah" letter offering advice to Gov. Palin should she find herself D.C.-bound: When a busy... More

Tomorrow Night: The Third Presidential “Something”

Dan Rather talking presidential debates at the Time Warner Media/Politics conference today (h/t Michael Calderone): "First of all, these aren’t... More

Oh, There’s Been A Moratorium On That?

From the Washington Post's Dan Balz: But there ought not to be any moratorium on asking hard questions of both... More

Mr. Andrea Mitchell

Megan recently explored the trouble with Andrea Mitchell reporting, as she does sometimes on MSNBC, on the current financial crisis... More

Column Pairs Well With Cheez-Its

In high school, Maureen Dowd confides in her New York Times column yesterday, Dowd "translated swatches of Julius Caesar's 'The... More

The AP’s Exclusive With “Wasilla Heartthrob”

Levi Johnston, Bristol Palin's fiancé, "agreed to talk" to the Associated Press's Adam Goldman ("despite the presidential campaign's advice in... More

NYT: Ten Percent “Policy Substance”

Clark Hoyt on election coverage in the New York Times: Through Friday, of 270 news articles published in The Times... More

“Well, Have Ya Seen the Latest Cover of Newsweek?”

Because "any woman who sees this cover," Republican media consultant Andrea Tantaros explained yesterday on Fox News, "will be shocked... More

It’s Not What They Say About You…

...it's what they whisper. The Washington Times might endorse Barack Obama, "insiders" whisper to U.S. News & World Report. "Times... More

Pirates’ Spokesman Still Speaking

You forgot about that Somali-pirates-holding-Ukranian-vessel story, didn't you? The latest: that ship is still being held, NATO is sending ships... More

CBS News: “McCain Plane Better Than Obama’s!”

Reading some of the gripes CBS News's Dean Reynolds writes up in his online Reporter's Notebook this week reminds me... More

Suddenly Funny

Remember back in July when the New York Times' Bill Carter reported that political comedy was at a loss? When... More

Reality Brokaw, Rated

Pacts before facts

There was a moment during last night's debate when Tom Brokaw said, with an edge to his voice: Since the... More

Reality Brokaw

Also during Tom Brokaw's appearance on MSNBC this morning, Joe Scarborough asked Brokaw, since he "had the best seat in... 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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Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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