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Best of 2008: Megan Garber

Garber picks her top stories from 2008

1) The People vs. Jeremiah Wright The media's general condemnation of Jeremiah Wright wasn't just about race or politics or... More

Beyond Two Percent

To repeat: we need more—and more extensive—coverage of the Iraq war

In a recent New York Times column, Thomas Friedman laid out the current conventional wisdom about the war in Iraq:... More

God Bless Us, Every Ten

Gotta love the end of the year. A time for celebration, a time for reflection, a time during which, no... More

Caroline, or Change

Remember when “Caroline Kennedy” was “Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg”?

In yesterday's front-page story exploring Caroline Kennedy's name recognition in her bid for New York's vacant Senate seat, The New... More

Han-inanity

More awards! Media Matters has named Sean Hannity its 2008 Misinformer of the Year. Along with the accolade, the organization... More

LAT to Outsource Its National, Foreign Coverage?

Rumors that the LA Times is moving toward outsourcing gained momentum yesterday via an ominous non-denial from editor Russ Stanton:... More

War(ren) of Words

Vitriol over Rick Warren misses the broader point

Back when President-elect Barack Obama was merely presidential candidate Barack Obama, he made, as all politicians do, several promises to... More

In Which Sarah Palin Enters Our Lives Once Again

She's baaaaaack. Or, rather, she will be. Politico is reporting that, because we don't yet know enough about the life... More

Awarded: 2008 P.U.-litzers

FAIR founder Jeff Cohen, along with media columnist Norman Solomon, has announced this year's P.U.-litzer Prizes, recognizing "some of the... More

More Todd: Without the Goatee, “I’d Just Be Another Pasty White Guy”

TVNewser's Gail Shister interviews NBC's newly minted chief White House correspondent on the occasion of his promotion. "It came out... More

Live-Blag-ing the Blago Press Conference

3:05pm: Chris Matthews is co-anchoring, with David Shuster, MSNBC's coverage of the soon-to-start Blagojevich press conference. (Anyone care to bet... More

Breaking: Tamron Hall’s Boyfriend Stranded in Chicago

One rule of good journalistic story-telling: make it personal. Tell the news in a way that makes people feel it... More

Chuckie T: An Elegy

Poor Chuck Todd. The most famous goatee in political reporting--NBC's numbers guru, quite often the (sole) Voice of Reason amid... More

Bringing It to the Cable

Call it hybrid vigor. While their cousins in print suffer the pains of their congenital defects, cable networks--relatively young, and... More

Media Elite Predict What 2009 Will Hold for Media Elite

Folio collects a list of predictions about the magazine industry from magazine industry insiders. Wired's Dylan Sweeney's prediction: "2009 will... 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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