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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

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.”

Bloggingheads

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

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