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WaPo Says Wii

The paper gets a game room!

The Washington City Paper broke big news yesterday: The Washington Post is getting a game room. Situated in a converted... More

Master Debaters?

Moderators, moderation, and a modest proposal

That can’t have been the last one. Oh, I’m so angry. Hey, CNN (or MSNBC, or ABC, or NPR)—what if... More

Mountain, Meet Molehill

Why is the Obama photo a story?

It started, as so many Incendiary Internet Stories do, with Matt Drudge. This morning, the fedora-wearing provocateur posted a photo... More

The McCain Article, the Day After

The Times comes through for its readers

In a piece yesterday, “Five Questions for Bill Keller,” we noted that the controversy surrounding The New York Times’s front-page... More

Five Questions for Bill Keller

Now that the “McCain bombshell” has dropped

As everyone following politics knows by now, The New York Times published a 3,030-word article last night: “For McCain, Self-Confidence... More

The End of the Beginning?

Or, for Clinton, the beginning of the end?

On the primary-special episode of Fox News’s Hannity and Colmes last night, Sean Hannity quizzed radio commentator—and Barack Obama supporter—Nancy... More

Plagiarism, the Latest -Gate

The latest Democrat tiff gets its airing in the press

Plagiarism-gate, as it’s (inevitably, tediously) become known, didn’t really involve plagiarism—any more than taking something from someone who’s given you... More

Lame Huck

How do you cover a candidate-who-isn’t?

Last Tuesday, the day of the pivotal Potomac Primary, the van carrying Mike Huckabee’s traveling press corps from Washington, D.C.... More

Story, Resurrected

The Atlantic trumps GQ

Last September, GQ killed a piece by Atlantic senior editor Josh Green that detailed—and, it turns out, foreshadowed—internal struggles in... More

The Bachelor: GOP Edition

Who will receive McCain’s red rose?

Some as-yet-unspecified day in the future, an as-yet-unspecified nominee will have to pick a partner. Gather ye rosebuds, political pundits:... More

Welcome Back, Writers!

The wind beneath Stewart/Colbert’s wings blows again

About half a minute into last night’s Daily Show opening monologue, Jon Stewart interrupted himself. “Wait a minute…words in the... More

Of Love and Other Demons

The press hearts Obama. But is it toxic?

“Barack Obama,” Howie Kurtz declared, “will never get this kind of cuddly coverage again.” With that, the uber-critic gave voice... More

Tasty Potomac Predictions

The press feasts on the future

For those of you who prefer your primaries packed with jumbo lump crab meat, sealed with a golden pan-fry, and... More

Grand Experiment: A Public Editor for Education

The EWA’s first Public Editor, Linda Perlstein, discusses the state of ed reporting

As our newsrooms shrink, journalists working the education beat are often among the hardest hit. Not only are they working... More

Where Was McCain?

The senator’s a no-show on the stimulus-package vote

Yesterday, the proposed economic stimulus package drafted by Senate Democrats—which added $44 billion in extra benefits for low-income seniors, disabled... More

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

The press is responsible for ignoring Bill Cosby rape allegations - Where were journalists 10 years ago when claims originally surfaced against him?

Journalism has a plagiarism problem. But it’s not the one you’d expect - Fareed Zakaria’s case highlights news organizations’ ethical grey areas

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Will radio save science journalism? - WNYC will soon have a new health unit


CNN reporters in Ferguson provide coverage of CNN reporters in Ferguson (Slate)

“[T]here was little that justified CNN’s egocentric coverage”

Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

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

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