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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

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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