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Untangling the “Influence Web” (With a Click)

For your reading and reporting tool box, an addition: an influence detector, as Poligraft is described by its creator, the... More

Boston Globe Damning CNN With Faint Praise?

The Boston Globe has an editorial today (via Romo) headlined, "Back off, critics-- TV news benefits from fresher voices," addressing... More

Reporting on the “Almost Irrelevant”

Here's Politico's John Harris, during a roundtable on yesterday's This Week (with "globe-trotter Fancy-Pants" Christiane Amanpour), chiming in on the... More

Will Haiti Be “At the Mercy of a Mediagenic Person?”

The New York Times reports today on "Haitian-American hip-hop artist" Wyclef Jean's plans to run for president of Haiti: Revealingly,... More

Covering the $531,378 a Day Campaign

KQED’s John Myers talks Meg Whitman v. Jerry Brown

On Monday, statewide candidates in California, including gubernatorial candidates Meg Whitman (R) and Jerry Brown (D), filed campaign finance disclosure... More

“Anchor Babies” is Not

... a new show on Nickelodeon starring baby BriWi and pals (per last night's Daily Show): If only. Who are... More

Accessory to the Candidate

In anticipation of Florida's primary day, August 24, the St. Petersburg Times on Sunday helped acquaint readers with the wives... More

More Songs For Amanpour

One TV critic's "panache and briskness" is another's "shrill and showy." Some of the very things that the New York... More

Mercury News: Lobbyists As “Shadow Legislature” in CA

A special report explains the “Sacramento version” of lawmaking

There's the "Civics Class Version" of “How Laws Are Created," in which, in brief, a legislator has an idea for... More

Obama on The View (On Afghanistan, On Snooki)

For anyone, like me, who happens not to right now be watching (and/or Twittering about), President Obama on The View... More

For CNN: The “What Glenn Beck Said” Show

Nancy Franklin On Television in the current New Yorker: Everyone, it seems, is a media hound and a media watchdog... More

The Summer of Alvin Greene?

"People who write about Alvin Greene are going to get clicked on," [Democratic operative Wyeth] Ruthven explains to Politico's Jonathan... More

Be Joy Behar (What Would You Ask Obama?)

A "non-traditional news show” is how the White House describes ABC's The View, in explaining to the New York Times's... More

Blog Reax to WikiLeaks’s Leak (Afghan War’s Pentagon Papers?)

Once you’ve finished reading the 90,000-plus mostly classified Afghanistan-related U.S. military documents brought to you by WikiLeaks, you can read... More

A Story in Screen Shots: Cable News Covers Lohan

A chronological summary, in screen shots, of the cable news coverage of Lindsay Lohan reporting to the Beverly Hills Municipal... More

The Young and The Burned Out

The "state of the media business these days," writes the New York Times's Jeremy W. Peters, is "frantic and fatigued."... More

It’s Morning in “Top Secret America”

The Washington Post rolls out its significant "Top Secret America" project today, a public records-based investigation of America's post-9/11 national... More

BBC for Us!

BBC is today launching an original U.S. news Web site! (When Jay Rosen met with BBC execs, he tweets, he... More

Most Politico Sentence In Politico Piece

It's hard to choose just one. But, here's my vote for The Most Politico (Half-)Sentence in the Politico piece today,... More

Some Spice in the Pundit Pool

Yesterday, George Stephanopoulos's offerings on Good Morning America looked, sounded, and smelled a lot like his offerings on This Week... 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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Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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