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Twitter Is The New Beatles

"Twitter-Mania Sweeps The Nation," reported NBC News's Jamie Gangel on this morning's Today Show, during which Gangel dropped all the... More

Flawed Reporting On “PCP, Klansmen, Child Molesters and Terrorists”

Jack Shafer pokes holes in a recent Washington Post piece about "'scary drug'" PCP "mak[ing] a comeback," concluding: The press... More

Michelle Under The Microscope

One thing I think we need more of (fingers crossed) is reporters analyzing What Michelle Obama Is Wearing And What... More

Riding Herd

Dana Milbank reports that moments ago in the halls of the Rayburn House Office Building a scrum of reporters mistook... More

Gibson: Sports Journalism “So Difficult”

From the (New York) Daily News: ABC's World News anchor Charles Gibson at one point considered being a sports reporter.... More

mine Can Be Yours (For Free)

Per the AP, Time Inc.: is experimenting with a customized magazine that combines reader-selected sections from eight publications [Time, Sports... More

On Bedstands At NYT’s Baghdad Bureau

For anyone who ever wondered what New York Times war correspondents read in their spare time, Rod Nordland at the... More

Which Magazines Deserve[d] To Die?

"Badly motivated" magazines are dying off, Gabriel Sherman writes, meaning publications created to capture a sudden and temporary flurry of... More

Fallows’s Advice For “Young Interviewers”

"Interviewing Tips" from James Fallows: The "let the silence stretch out" approach...can be a surprisingly valuable interviewing technique. The truth... More

Isn’t She “Pretty” In Her “Big-And-Tall-Gal Wear?”

New York magazine invited sixteen writers to, in a series of 350-ish-word pieces, ponder "the many meanings of a new... More

Two Dowds (And an O’Dowd) Walk Into a Bar

Niall O'Dowd of Irish News spent "a few hours in the back of a midtown Manhattan restaurant with Maureen [Dowd]... More

And…It Wasn’t “Greta Cameras”

Last week, when news broke that Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston had called off their engagement, the National Review's Kathryn... More

Fox & Friends On The Rhetoric Beat?

Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, sat for an interview recently with Der Speigel Online. The following exchange in that... More

Farewell From “A Gut-Punched Newsroom”

David McCumber, the managing editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, says so long and thanks in the paper's final print issue... More

Time For One More Cramer/Stewart Analysis?

On Friday, my colleague Ryan wrote up what was wrong with the insta-coverage of Cramer v. Stewart (Last Thursday Night's... More

“What Does That Mean, ‘Outrages Upon Human Dignity’?”

Mark Danner, at The New York Review Of Books, finds answers (to the question in the above headline, posed by... More

Mocking A1…In Styles

How do you know it might be time to revisit your Official Standards For Front-Page Story Placement? When readers complain... More

Seattle P-I Globe Speaks

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer's rooftop mascot pleads his case in an opinion column. (Can we all try to keep our cringing... More

“Keeping Abreast of Internet Chatter Not The Same As Bearing Witness”

The Internet (and, of course, Twitter) is changing (ruining? improving?) foreign reporting, observes Anand Giridharadas in the New York Times... More

The Break-Up Will Be Televised?

So. Bristol Palin and her fiance, Levi Johnston -- parents of infant Tripp -- have, reportedly, broken up. News which... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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