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WaPo Finds (Two) Concerned Taxpayers of America

Day-after disclosure reports report

Those groups with the who'd-argue-with-that?-sounding names spending big money this election season? The Washington Post took a look at one... More

Q&A: New York Times Investigative Reporter Mike McIntire

“It’s very, very difficult to crack that veneer of secrecy”

Mike McIntire joined the New York Times’s national investigative desk during the 2008 presidential campaign. He has also covered City... More

Chilean Mine Coverage: Too Much is Not Enough?

The appearance of the following chyron marks the moment last night (it was 9:21 pm EST) when I ceased keeping... More

When The Subject of Your Story Can’t Hear, Speak, Read, Write, or Sign

A fascinating behind-the-story story: Voice of San Diego reporter Adrian Florido set out to find a family, he writes, "whose... More

Kicking Cable News (When It’s Down Leaning)

Jon Stewart last night leaned a little on MSNBC's recently announced, high-profile "Lean Forward" promotional campaign (as well as the... More

The American Public: “A Group Worth Congress’s Time?”

From The Onion (or, is it?): Citing a desire to gain influence in Washington, the American people confirmed Friday that... More

Live From Chile: “This Media Event”

A taste, via the New York Times, of what's to come this week (emphasis mine): Such is life in Camp... More

NYT Credits WNYC and Newsday Reporters’ Tweets

From the 13th of 16 paragraphs in the New York Times piece today, "[Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Carl] Paladino Laces Speech... More

Will 501(c) Groups Remain a “Very Safe Place to Play?”

Undisclosed campaign cash and a “regulatory netherworld”

It's been a newsy week for American Crossroads, the big-spending 527 group, and Crossroads GPS, its big-spending 501(c)(4) off-shoot. (The... More

We Met on the “Divorce Vertical”

Next month, The Huffington Post will launch a "divorce vertical" (that is, a section) headed up by Nora Ephron and... More

Howard Kurtz is Beast-Bound! (Twitter Reax)

Howard Kurtz is leaving the Washington Post for the Daily Beast, where he will be DC bureau chief. "GOING DIGITAL,"... More

Life “When the Organ that Turns a Body into a Person is Damaged”

From The Washington Post's story today on traumatic brain injury, with which 180,000 military service members have been diagnosed since... More

NYT Noses Around, Still Knows Nothing

Whose $400,000 has the Coalition to Protect Seniors spent this election season?

For anyone who hasn't yet focused on the "shadowy army" of nonprofits spending record-breaking sums influencing the midterm elections, the... More

On Reporting the Rutgers Tragedy

This morning, here in New York, I overheard a group of (non-journalist) parents expressing surprise and some anger towards the... More

Why Candidate Jasper P. Huxteroo is Smiling

For, perhaps, some lunch hour laughs: Mark Fiore's SlateV.com video cartoon, "Cash-ocracy in America," in which he explores,"how are new... More

I Am (I Am, I Am) Super PAC

Making sense of campaign finance coverage may require super powers

Faster than a 527! More powerful than a political action committee! Able to influence elections with unlimited spending! It’s….. super... More

Politico on the D.C. Cash Dash/Money Grab/Money Rush

Today, Politico reports on the "blizzard" of fundraisers in Washington, DC of late-- in its tabulation, “more than 400 fundraisers... More

NYT Examines Most “Active” Among “Shadowy Army” of Nonprofits

But can’t tell us where Americans for Job Security gets its cash

On Friday, the New York Times’s Mike McIntire provided a detailed look at Americans for Job Security, one among, as... More

WSJ, NYT on the Bug-Eating Foodies of Brooklyn

Which paper had the better headline for its Bug-eating: Not just for hungry people in faraway places anymore? story: The... More

NYT on the ABC’s of 501(c)s

Why these groups are “popping up like mushrooms” this election season

Quick: what’s the difference between a 527 group and a 501(c)(5)? What can a 501(c)4 group do that a 501(c)3... 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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