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Michael Bürgi On Blog-Induced “Vanity Contests,” Dumbing Down News, and Reporters’ Post-Katrina “Victory Dance”

Michael Brgi has been the editor of MediaWeek, the business trade publication, since 2004. He joined the magazine in 1993... More

It’s Mother’s Day in the Blogosphere

Now that everyone's doing it -- blogging, that is -- we thought we'd drop in this morning on a few... More

Like Iron Filings to a Magnet

With the Cindy Sheehan-inspired anti-war bus tour coming to a city (and a news outlet) near you, the blogosphere sounds... More

But Enough About You, Let’s Talk About Me

CJR Daily often faults cable news shows for not giving viewers enough information -- skimping on context, allowing talking points... More

Blame and Body Counts

Just when we thought wed already experienced the entire spectrum of dreadful cable news punditry -- several times over --... More

It’s a Yawnfest! No, It’s a Duel!

The tone of the Roberts confirmation hearings thus far has been, as Howard Kurtz observes today, more legal seminar than... More

Katrina, Cooper, and Katrina

While the hurricane-related headline on Times cover this week has a no-ones-at-fault feel to it -- "System Failure" -- US... More

We’re All Helen Thomas … For Now

Something unusual happened during Scott McClellan's White House press briefing yesterday: "talking points" were uttered. Of course, "talking points" are... More

Signals - They’re Everywhere!

You know you've been reporting in Washington too long when you're able to pick up "signals" being transmitted from nameless... More

Tips on How To Be a President

While their colleagues report on the ground from washed- out swatches of the Gulf Coast, political reporters with Washington, D.C.... More

Does Class Matter? Does Taste?

On Monday we noted that the press, in reporting on the people left behind in New Orleans, for the most... More

Pepto-Bismol, Resurrecting Journalism, and Idol Reporting

Kicking off the countdown to John Roberts' confirmation hearings, the Economist this week examines "the court's delicate balance" on church-state... More

David Wiegand on Editing Sean Penn, The Actor’s “Masculine” Writing Style, and the Tina Brown-ification of the San Francisco Chronicle

David Wiegand David Wiegand, executive datebook editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, edited -- with input from publisher Phil... More

Brian Williams’ Blog Big Hit with Crucial 11-to-13-Yr Old Demographic

Add Brian Williams' blog to the list of things -- like "girl crushes" -- that didn't exist until the New... More

Bob Costas, Men in the Delivery Room and Lance Armstrong

It's all about Bob in the blogosphere this morning. A "media mini-revolt" is what the Carpetbagger calls the news that... More

Husbands: Hot or Not?

Good thing we braced ourselves. "Husbands a Hot Topic in NY Senate Race," reads the headline on yesterday's Associated Press... More

Us? We’re Just Running Around the Field During the Game

During the 2004 presidential campaign, we frequently called the press out for writing stories in which the elephant in the... More

Death and Politics - and Politics, and Politics

A few weeks ago, we faulted the New York Times for turning a news report on the deaths of two... More

A Piece for Every Palate

You needn't be a reporter for The Note to recognize which approach to the "families of fallen soldiers" story the... More

You Reading the Same Stories as We Are?

In a story today about anti-war protestors in Crawford, Texas, and their home base, Peace House, USA Today's Oren Dorrell... 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


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”

Tour guide wars at a Paris cemetery (WSJ)

“Because dead men tell no tales, visitors to Père Lachaise cemetery lend their ears to Bertrand Beyern”

Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

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