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Embeds: The Good, The Bad, and The Accurate

From Charlie Reed of Stars and Stripes, reporters embedding with U.S. forces in Afghanistan are subject to a background profile... More

Filkins: “Afghan Girls Live Their Lives in Reverse”

From the New York Times Magazine "special issue" I mentioned below, a compelling piece by Dexter Filkins, "A School Bus... More

You Know It’s Late August When…

This Sunday's New York Times Magazine, a "special issue:" Saving The World's Women Actually, I've been looking forward to reading... More

Can We Hear From David Brooks on Michelle’s Shorts?

Knowing that today is a Maureen Dowd Day in the New York Times, I was hoping to learn What David... More

In Afghanistan: “We Are Going To Continue With Our Normal Reporting”

The AP on the Afghan Foreign Ministry's recent "demand" ("request?") that Afghan journalists "avoid 'broadcasting any incidence of violence' between... More

Please Be Kidding This Time, Daily Show

I have seen MSNBC's cringe-making segment called No Way! during which Donny Deutsch and Tamron Hall discuss wacky, way-out news... More

Novak’s “Empty Chair Approach”

When I hear "Robert Novak" and "empty chair," I think of that moment in 2005 when Novak cursed on-air on... More

Colleagues Remember Robert Novak

Lynn Sweet on her Chicago Sun Times colleague (headline: "Robert Novak, Chicago Sun-Times Columnist, 'Prince of Darkness' died Tuesday"): Chicago... More

Just In: “What Will Happen With Michael Jackson’s Body”

CNN had the news first, at 11:17 AM: This just in to us here in the newsroom. Michael Jackson hasn't... More

Kostric On “Irresponsible Reporting,” “Hoplophobia”

From Part 1 of The Faster Times's Q&A with William Kostric, a.k.a, The Man Who Brought The Loaded Gun to... More

The Future of All The News That’s Fit to Print…

...will be crowdsourced? Shaped by an ongoing, online marketing survey? The New York Times Insight Lab wants you -- Times... More

“I Want To Know What You Think…”

Deep thoughts from last night's Daily Show on those unavoidable cable news polls -- Are health care town halls making... More

Match the Ombud to the Offense!

Three newspaper ombuds. Three recent columns. Below are excerpts from the work of the following reader representatives: Siobhan Butterworth of... More

Not Since Tucker Carlson…

... doffed his bow tie to compete* on ABC's Dancing With The Stars in 2006 (only to be declared "an... More

“Unemployed Copy Editors” to the Rescue?

On MSNBC this morning, I caught a bit of a discussion between Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough and guest Pete... More

Who Could “Spring For” Clinton’s Africa Trip

The New York Times' East Africa bureau chief, Jeffrey Gettleman, joined the traveling press accompanying Sec. of State Clinton around... More

Could You Be (Are You Being) “Coerced” Into Reading Time?

In response to (sigh, must we? really? apparently so) Sarah Palin's latest Facebook post on "death panels," (particularly the part... More

“We Have a [CNBC] Request For…Lots of Anger”

In case you haven't seen this, CNBC apparently spelled out/sought out what other cable channels have been merely courting for... More

Town Hall Highlight Reel Star Explains Herself on Hannity

Here is Katy Abram explaining to Fox News's Sean Hannity last night how she was transformed from an unthinking Bill... More

Choose Your Own Interviewer on 60 Minutes?

An online commenter helps Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik distill his argument that having James Brown (a CBS Sports... 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


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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