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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

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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