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Deep Thoughts on Sun, Rain and Bare-legged CEOs

It’s that time of year again, when business reporters remind us how much they have in common with their red carpet-pacing peers from the celebrity rags.

It's that time of year again, when business reporters remind us how much they have in common with their red... More

Sibling Rivalry, Guantanamo, Iran and the War on the Press

Time tells us “How Your Siblings Make You Who You Are,” while The New Yorker looks at offensives against both Iran and the media.

You are no doubt still thumbing through last week's ad-thick double issues of Newsweek, New York and U.S. News.... More

This Word Just In From the Leisure Pursuits Beat …

Some newspaper columnists chronicle appalling injustices in faraway places. Others find them right under their noses.

Some newspaper columnists chronicle appalling injustices in faraway places. Others find them right under their noses. On Friday, the Wall... More

Mannies Return After Four-Year Absence

Male nannies are the “hot new thing” — at least among the nation’s reporters, who have lately produced a crop of thinly-reported trend-chasing pieces on the subject.

According to Foxnews.com's Michael Y. Park yesterday, male nannies (aka, mannies) are the "hot new thing" -- there is a... More

Vanity Fair Covers Wall Street’s Vainest

Money, as they say, truly can’t buy taste. Power? Yes. The awe of financial reporters? In some cases, yes. Perspective or self-awareness? Nope.

This month, along with a cover story on Sandra Bullock's married life and Christopher Hitchens' "Oral History of the Blow... More

Biz Press Teaches Teens to Heed Dumb Statistics

Perhaps it’s a good thing teenagers these days aren’t reading newspapers - it can be confusing enough as it is to be 17 or 18.

Perhaps it's a good thing teenagers these days aren't reading newspapers -- it can be confusing enough as it is... More

Magazine Makes News by Having a Name

What is there to say about a publication which was announced last August but won’t appear on newsstands until late April 2007? Apparently plenty.

Kudos to the people behind the rollout of Condé Nast's new business magazine for landing a friendly 1457-word piece on... More

The MSM Blogs Up a Storm

Network news blogs bring us political prognostications, facts about obtaining press credentials in Caracas, and happy birthday wishes for a network news blog.

May 31, 2006 may forever be known at NBC, and around the world, as Katie's Last Day. But all the... More

Tears and Jeers for Katie’s Farewell

Oh Katie — you’re really gone! Oh, wait, you’re just moving to another network …

On this, Katie's Last Day!, Ms. Couric is receiving shout-outs from all over the 'sphere -- some syrupy, some surly,... More

Newsweek Discovers Doomed Spinsters Marrying

It’s not often that we have to wait 20 years for a correction, but this is one of those times.

It's not often that we have to wait 20 years for a correction, but this is one of those times.... More

Mindreaders Befuddled by Enron Jury

As the nation waited to hear the outcome of the Enron trial, television news hosts struggled to fill empty airtime.

Word came late yesterday morning that the Enron verdict would be announced at noon -- just the sort of biding-time,... More

Prefrontal Cortexes Fuel Talk Radio?

As you read this, experts are hard at work studying the brains of people suffering from myriad ills, from Alzheimer’s to dyslexia … to, apparently, political passion.

As you read this, experts are hard at work studying the brains of people suffering from myriad ills, from Alzheimer's... More

Aliens: A Topic Made for Blogging

The blogosphere is busy dissecting the media’s (mis)handling of the immigration debate — and in most cases, amnesty is not being offered.

The blogosphere is busy dissecting the media's (mis)handling of the immigration debate -- and in most cases, amnesty is not... More

Morning Shows Buried By Snowstorm

On Wednesday, Tony Snow did William Ginsburg one better, appearing (or appearing to appear) on all three network morning shows at the same time.

You've heard of a "Full Ginsburg" (that is, when one guest appears back-to-back on a single day on each of... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

In the digital sphere, ‘magazine’ = money (Digiday)

“A single page in a glossy magazine could be discounted by more than half its open rate and still get an effective CPM of about $70. Online display ad CPMs average under $3”

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