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The big IRS stretch

Some reporters are straining to connect the scandal to the White House, without benefit of credible evidence. But others are skeptical

For the last month, Republicans have been trying mightily to paint the IRS's Tea Party targeting scheme as proof... More

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True the Coverage

Some of the organizations targeted for scrutiny by the IRS actually deserve scrutiny—a nuance that is getting lost

Just about everyone in Washington agrees that the IRS's blanket targeting of Tea Party groups by keying on words in... More

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The trouble with Torrington

A small-town paper calls out minors who bully a rape victim online. Is that fair game?

In some ways, the Torrington, CT case that ricocheted through the press last week looks a lot like the ugly... More

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About those prostitutes

In the Menendez affair, ABC News is looking better and better for having stepped away from a story that the Daily Caller is still trying to flog

For the last two months, the press has been rehashing allegations that Senator Robert Menendez slept with prostitutes, some... More

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Anatomy of a so-called scandal (UPDATED)

On the Sen. Menendez story, flimsy prostitution claims vs. stronger allegations of influence-peddling. Guess which gets more play?

Update, 3/4, 7:15 pm: Less than two hours after this article was posted, The Washington Post published a story on... More

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ProPublica shines a light on dark money

In the murky new world of money-and-politics reporting, even small victories are hard won

Over the last two years, political reporters have shined a glaring spotlight on super PACs and their funders. Just ask... More

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The Washington Times takes a giant step—backwards

Wes Pruden rides again. Watch his words

Since their recent electoral drubbing, many Republicans are rethinking their party's relationship (or lack of one) to blacks and... More

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Something fishy?

John Solomon had grand plans for the digital future of the Center for Public Integrity. But there was always a catch…

When John Solomon took over as executive editor of The Washington Times in 2008, the conservative daily had long... More

Tin Soldier

An American Vigilante In Afghanistan, Using the Press for Profit and Glow

In April 2004, a former U.S. Special Forces soldier named Jonathan Keith Idema started shopping a sizzling story to the... More

Cloudy Skies

A new online environment and energy energy site is tainted with conflicts of interest among its anchors and executives

In many ways, CleanSkies.tv, an online outfit offering “energy and environmental news, information, discussion, and commentary,” resembles other TV news... More

Second Life

A storied German-language newspaper remakes itself as a magazine

Even in this era of editorial reinvention, few media outlets have remade themselves as completely as the legendary German-language newspaper... More

Making it in (and out of) Myanmar

CNN’s Dan Rivers, now safe, speaks with CJR

Aid workers aren’t the only ones having trouble getting into Myanmar after Cyclone Nargis. The nation’s secretive military regime is... More

Private Matters

A new push to rein in the tabloids has British reporters on edge

One of the biggest scandals to engulf the British press since princess Diana’s death began with a trivial bit of... More

The Reporter Who Came In From the Cold

In Germany it can be difficult to tell a journalist from a spy, as the story of one German reporter shows all too well.

Weilheim is a cozy Bavarian village, where geraniums drip from window boxes and onion-domed churches and Alpine chateaus line the... More

Tim Golden on Digging Deep, Timing, and Sourcing

Tim Golden is an investigative reporter for the New York Times and a writer for the New York Times Magazine.... 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


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

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

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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