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Reporters On Michelle Obama? “Rapt.” (Really?)

For Radar's September issue (excerpt online), Ana Marie Cox explains how "the press corps" really feels about Michelle Obama: Michelle... More

Shafer’s Tips For Convention Coverage

Jack Schafer bemoans the flock of "pressies" who descend on the typically newsless political conventions ("Slate, I'm embarrassed to admit,... More

A “Rubber Slipper” By Any Other Name

From today's Honolulu Star Bulletin: Sen. Barack Obama's campaign is keeping the candidate away from much of the typical Hawaiian... More

Yes, She Can!

She knows low-brow! She knows high! In a single paragraph, she proves her pop culture IQ spans centuries (and oceans)!... More

Fox News: “Who Are We To Say It’s Not The Truth?”

“Sasquatch’s Remains” In A Cooler in Georgia

Fox News' Megyn Kelly may have just now stumbled upon a new tag line for Fox News ("Fair and Balanced"... More

Bureau of One

The New York Times reports on CNN's plan to do more with less by assigning "one-man bands" to assorted U.S.... More

Last Week’s Campaign News: 31% Substance!*

According to the new PEJ study of campaign news coverage, "policy debates accounted for about 31% of the campaign newshole... More

Pressing Pigeon

If you're a "former close friend to [John] Edwards’ mistress" with something[s] to say about The Edwards Story, TV news... More

Meanwhile, In PA…

John McCain is this much closer to checking off that must-have presidential photo-op: Candidate in Camo (doing something mannishly outdoorsy).... More

Bring a Reporter to Work Day?

The Associated Press sent two different reporters to examine from two different angles the presidential candidates' offices and tell us... More

Inside Barack Obama

Obama Vacation News from the (Honolulu) Star Bulletin: Unlike previous days when [Barack Obama] spent a lot of time outdoors,... More

“Very Little Real News?” We’re In!

Bill Schneider, a CNN political analyst, confessed just now during a report previewing the Democratic National Convention: There will be... More

“Bad Reasons” To Cover (And Not Cover) Edwards Story

Time's TV blogger James Poniewozik spends "more time to come to fewer conclusions than any blog post I have ever... More

Preview: CNN’s DNC Convention Costume!

Reporting in Texas on that state's March primary, CNN's Ali Velshi was on horseback in a ten gallon hat (authentic... More

Dateline Honolulu

I suppose these types of stories can be written just as well from outside the Beltway (way, way out), writing... More

TPM on The Page On Election “Insight”

If you like your "election insight in some sort of dingbat aphorisms," have a look at this post from The... More

Edwards, Enquirer, Self-Examination…

Politico's Michael Calderone explains "why I also didn't write on John Edwards:" It was decided that writing on the rumors... More

Frequent Liar* Miles?

Paul Farhi reports that the McCain campaign is offering incentives (points! prizes!) to people for spreading campaign rhetoric online (a.k.a.,... More

Kurtz Lets Us In On a Little Secret

"The media can make anyone sound mysterious and unknowable," writes Howard Kurtz in today's Washington Post, and then tries to... More

Candidate or Caped Crusader?

Can you tell a lot about a presidential candidate by which superhero he says he would be? Entertainment Weekly (Ew.com)... 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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