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From WaPo to HuffPo

"Will P.R. pros take the baton of investigative journalism?" wonders Tim Cavanaugh at Reason, arguing that such a baton-pass wouldn't... More

Today on the Frugality Beat

Last month, the New York Times told us about people who don't really have to penny-pinch but choose to spend... More

Do You Work For A “Magazine?” (How To Tell)

Folio's Tony Silber lists the following "six key properties for what a magazine is," quoting Bob Sacks, a "publishing consultant"... More

Somalia? Sri Lanka? “Good Luck” Finding Coverage

"Two recent situations show us exactly what the world will be like when there are no regular foreign correspondents left,"... More

“The Big Story Starting Off The Week…”

... says Josh Marshall (or was it Maureen Dowd's friend?): Robert Draper's GQ piece. Draper contributes all kinds of memorable... More

Carr on “What’s Going to Happen To” NYT

In a nutshell: the New York Times's David Carr doesn't know. The Times "probably" has "the wherewithal to operate into... More

You Know Your Profession Is Doomed When…

..."just three of the 16 graduating seniors who were on the [Harvard] Crimson executive board in Cambridge, Massachusetts, are seeking... More

A “CNN For Harlem”

Joseph Hayden explains to the New York Times what helped motivate him to start Still Here Harlem Productions, a news... More

Disappearing Ombuds

Per the Washington Post's ombudsman, Andy Alexander, "at least 14 U.S. news ombudsmen have lost their jobs since the beginning... More

Took The Words Right Out Of…

The New York Times's Maureen Dowd didn't intend to include in her column* yesterday, unattributed, a passage written by TPM's... More

Tucson Citizen: “This Is It”

The Tucson Citizen's Jennifer Boice writes the 138-year-old paper's (probable) "epitaph:" About 65 talented Citizen staffers are being shot into... More

But We Won’t Do That

Newspapers and the AP are patting themselves on the back for passing on interviews with Elizabeth Edwards (who is, in... More

How Much Would You Pay to be a HuffPo Intern?

Just last week, we asked readers: "Given everything that we know about unpaid internships, is this practice fair now? Was... More

Supreme Reporting

A super-illuminating SupremeStakes report from the Washington Post: President Obama told senators at a White House meeting today that he... More

Aspiring Reporters Find Voice at Homeless Shelter

Through the South Florida Chapter of The Society of Professional Journalists, 25 college journalists from five Florida schools recently "took... More

Couric “Annoys” Traveling Press

Katie Couric, with her Flip cam, used her interview skills on some of the other members of the traveling press... More

Milbank’s Readers Help Him “Sketch”

The Washington Post's Dana Milbank continues to ask readers to help him write his columns (ledes and other input), even... More

Meacham Is “The Ultimate Thinking Person!”

Last week, I noted the Newsweek faux-cover/cover-wrap congratulating editor Jon Meacham on his Pulitzer win and dubbing Meacham "The Ultimate... More

WSJ Rules For Twittering and Other Online Activities…

...include (h/t, LAObserved's Kevin Roderick): Base all comments posted in your role as a Dow Jones employee in the facts,... More

Friedman Returns $75K Speaking Fee

The LA Times's James Rainey, upon learning that New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman received $75,000 for speaking recently to... 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


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

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