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Today’s Number 1 and Number 2 Headlines…

... thematically, anyway. From the Wall Street Journal: "In Paris, Behavior Brigade Battles to Make Oui-Oui a Non-Non" And, from... More

Breaking: Bernie Madoff’s Beach House Has (Ew!) “Formica Countertops”

Reporters have been given a video walk-through of Bernie Madoff's Montauk, New York beach house. And? Not so impressed. This... More

DePaul U. Delivers On McSweeney’s “Internet-Age Writing Syllabus?”

At McSweeney's back in April, Robert Lanham unveiled his "Internet-Age Writing Syllabus and Course Overview" for (wink, wink) "ENG 371WR:... More

“The Strangulation of the Sri Lankan Press”

From a profile of Sri Lanka's president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, written for The (UK) Independent by a "special correspondent," "a Sri... More

Blame Reporters, Bloggers And Readers…

Yesterday, Washington Post ombud Andrew Alexander wrote about readers' requests for "more explanatory journalism" on health care reform (and less... More

Sri Lankan Journalist Found Guilty of “Creat[ing] Communal Disharmony”

Via AP: A Sri Lankan reporter singled out by President Barack Obama as an example of persecuted journalists around the... More

NYT Mag’s $400K Story: A Cost Breakdown

Clara Jeffery at Mother Jones got the New York Times Magazine's editor, Gerald Marzorati, to break down, via email, the... More

“A First Television Job on Today Is” Like…

President Bush's daughter, Jenna (Bush) Hager, has been hired as a "special correspondent" for NBC's Today show (my money would... More

Chris Wallace, Cheney Groupie?

Andrew Sullivan's take on Chris Wallace's interview with former Vice President Dick Cheney yesterday on Fox News Sunday: Now look:... More

Dowd’s (Kinda Hollow) Who Are You

Today, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd asks, of people who write nasty things anonymously online, "Who are these people... More

NYT’s “Arab Press Roundup”

The New York Times online has an interesting, if brief, roundup of "discussions inside the Arab world, as played out... More

Hoarse to Horse: Health Care Coverage “Storyline Shifted Last Week”

Per PEJ's News Coverage Index, "the debate over health care proved to be the No. 1 story" for the fifth... More

Found: Another “Calm,” “Respectful” Town Hall Questioner

Yesterday, New York Times readers met Bob Collier, a man who did not yell while expressing at a recent town... More

Photo Quiz: Guess the Topic of This MSNBC Segment

What is this? What was MSNBC reporting on here? Yes. This is an image of MSNBC's Dr. Nancy Snyderman (playing... More

And Maureen Dowd’s Webinar Will Be On?

Per Nieman Lab: School’s in session at The New York Times this fall, and the professors include some big bylines... More

NYT Profiles Man Who Uses Indoor Voice at Health Care Town Hall

Today, a (non-TV) news outlet profiles a "calm," "respectful questioner" from a health care town hall. (Not that yelling and... More

“Template For Future Newspaper” on Russia’s “Extremism List”

From the Moscow Times (via Passport blog): Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Winnie the Pooh share a dubious honor: Anyone... More

Hoyt: NYT Must Laugh With (Not At) Readers

New York Times public editor Clark Hoyt hears readers' complaints (including "fat hatred" and "class bias") stemming from that bitingly... More

Contest: Non-Newsiest News From Obama’s Vineyard Vacation

The president goes on vacation; the press goes with him (some, literally). And so "news" will be filed. See a... More

Couric on Cankles

In Katie Couric's "Notebook" today (which I was tricked into reading via a Twitter promo-link posted by Couric or Couric... More

Why The New Yorker’s radical feminism and transgenderism piece was one-sided - “This effectively advances the views of a group that wants to see the genocide of trans women, a group that, data shows, faces extraordinarily high rates of discrimination in every measurable way”

Journalism groups rally around a petition supporting James Risen - The Supreme Court ruled against the NYT reporter, who is refusing to reveal sources

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Gannett’s changes bring excitement, some pain, and a full-time beer beat - A conversation with Joshua Awtry, the chain’s top editor in the Carolinas

Build the future - Journalism’s deathwatch is over


Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

Journalists can get PTSD right at their desks (PSmag)

A new study correlates exposure to violent images with mental health symptoms

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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