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Danger! Distress! Crisis! Collapse!

And other scare-making takeaways from Bush’s address

Last night, President Bush did what he probably should have done two weeks ago: address the American people about the... More

The Elephant in the Control Room

Should Andrea Mitchell be reporting on the economic meltdown?

When Andrea Mitchell reports on the current financial crisis—or on anything that relates to the crisis, which is, these days,... More

A(ggressive) P(assively)

Hey, Ron Fournier! You know that whole "accountability journalism" thing you're trying? Well, there's a fine line between accountability and... More

Wonder Cover

The American Society of Magazine Editors has named the finalists for its annual magazine cover art contest. "Cover of the... More

Numb and Numb-er

In which we have to ask, yet again: “Where’ s the outrage?”

Of the many images of Hurricane Katrina that endure in the mass consciousness, one of the most indelible is that... More

In the Category of “Pithiest Treatment of Paulson’s Bailout Proposal,” the Winner Is…

...The Wall Street Journal! Per the paper's analysis of the Bush administration's proposed $700 billion mortgage buyout plan, currently under... More

Race-Baiting Redux?

A quick-spreading fire can be a cautionary tale

If Campaign 2008 is a china shop and discussions of race are the china, then the media are the bull.... More

This Is Why So Many People Think the Media Are Tools

An ad for a panel hosted by Mediabistro: More

In the Moo’d

Call it the Goldilocks approach to political journalism. Many campaign-related articles we read are too cold (informative, maybe, but not... More

Come On, Slate

Newly posted on Slate is an essay--a kind of analysis-meets-memoir--about Growing Up Alaskan. It's a nice piece, evocative and full... More

Major Trouble

The McCain campaign has a new ad out attacking Obama's legislative record. It begins with a voice-over: "On the biggest... More

Finger off the Pulse

PEJ releases research results that are fairly shocking: In the nine months leading up to the current Wall Street crisis,... More

Point of View: The Bubba Edition!

If you, as I did, thought that John McCain's appearance on The View last week was as awkward as the... More

Stewart on Palin Interview: “Hannitized for Your Protection”

Jon Stewart wasn't too impressed by the Hannity/Palin interview, either. More

Election Day Worries, Already

You know all the work and all the worrying and all the strategy and all the tragedy and all the... 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

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

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