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Christina Asquith on Iraq’s “Golden Period” for Reporting

Asquith discusses the trials of freelancing in Iraq (which she did in 2003 and 2004) and her new book about the challenges of being a rookie teacher in a poor public school (which she was in 1999).

Jack FairweatherChristina Asquith, a former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter, has 10 years of experience as an investigative journalist covering education... More

Flack Defrocks Press, Anoints … Blogs?

Articles in the New York Times and the New York Observer reveal: the MSM no longer has a monopoly on reprinting press releases from PR people … because there are blogs now.

It must have stung a little, what Richard W. Edelman, president and chief executive of the public relations firm bearing... More

Press Exercised by Exercising White House

The press has taken on some hard-hitting stories this week, from the cleanliness of the president’s desk to Condi’s workout program.

The beauty of mainstream journalists hopping on the blogging bandwagon -- if there is beauty to be had -- is... More

‘Fed Watchers’ Feed Reporters Something Like News

Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Roger W. Ferguson Jr. resigned Wednesday. So, what does it all mean? That depends on which news source you’re reading or watching.

Roger W. Ferguson Jr., the vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, resigned Wednesday. So, what does it all mean?... More

Market Survey: Business Executives Prefer Cosmo

When it comes to inane career advice, it’s a buyer’s market this week.

When it comes to inane career advice, it's a buyer's market. You can't crack (or click on) a business publication... More

All Cheney All the Time

We set out to write a Blog Report free of any mentions of the Cheney Hunting Incident. Alas, the blogosphere refused to play along.

Our aim was true. We set out to write a Blog Report free of any mentions of the Cheney Hunting... More

Hunting for Blame (And a Place to Pee)

Forget about Harry Whittington’s assorted injuries - bloggers want talk about the enormous purple shiner the MSM is allegedly sporting.

Forget about Harry Whittington's assorted injuries, let's talk about the enormous purple shiner the MSM is sporting! It's "another black... More

Newsweeklies Thwarted By Publishing Cycle, and New York Discovers Blogs

The major newsweeklies mock Vice President Cheney, New York profiles “blog moguls” and The Washington Monthly discovers a new way of quantifying media bias.

Fresh off its finger-on-the-pulse report two weeks ago about "students with everything going for them engaging in orgy lite," as... More

A Barrage of Cringe-Worthy Valentine Stories

This time of year, a certain amount of cringe-worthy Valentine’s Day-related reporting is to be expected. But just because you know it’s coming, doesn’t make it any easier to stomach.

This time of year, a certain amount of cringe-worthy Valentine's Day-related reporting is to be expected from practitioners of "service... More

Pinning Down the President About - What?

The Associated Press calls itself “the essential global news network.” We’d suggest adding “the official home of the 2008 election-related non-story.”

The Associated Press calls itself "the essential global news network." Might we suggest an added tag: "The official home of... More

The State of State of the Union Reporting

Some reporters must call a “certified movement analyst” to decipher politicians’ expressions. Others dispense with expertise and perform this sort of analysis all by themselves.

Some reporters must call a "certified movement analyst" to decipher politicians' expressions and gesticulations. Others dispense with expertise and perform... More

Handicapping the State of the Union Address

In advance of the president’s speech, the press produced endless (and pointless) State of the Union preview pieces.

President Bush will spend tonight addressing the nation. So how did the press spend today? Why, by producing endless (and... More

Couric Leads With Chin, Then With Butt

Katie Couric conspicuously failed to explain to her audience the specifics of the Abramoff scandal in a segment this morning — and then changed the subject to the human anatomy.

This morning, NBC's Katie Couric conducted a five-minute interview with Howard Dean touching on a range of timely topics. At... More

Marriage Boosts Income, Says Media Because Someone Said It

On a slow news day, reporting on the results of some scientific study or another - no matter how silly - can make for quick, easy filler.

On a slow news day, reporting on the results of some scientific study or another can make for quick, easy... More

Who Needs a Brochure When We Have the New York Times?

In an article about two new obesity drugs, the paper omits a crucial detail about one of its sources.

About one-third of the way into her piece in the business section of Tuesday's New York Times, Stephanie Saul, it... More

Times to Expose “Bloggers With Fingers”

The paper invents a non-trend: business travelers who don’t blog!

We're guessing it went something like this: New York Times reporter pitching story to editor: Everyone has a blog. In... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

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.”

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