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Where’s Education?

It’s always been a bridesmaid…last night, it got jilted

If presidential debates are glorified beauty pageants, education reform is their “world peace”—it’s something that everyone likes to talk about,... More

The Sun Explores Hillary’s Summer of Love

And by ‘love,’ they mean ‘communism’

It’s hard to know what accounts for the package of biographical analysis-meets-political play-booking the New York Sun published this week... More

Tower of Babble

A Times critic reviews the new Times Building for the Times. Cause for concern?

Nicolai Ouroussoff, The New York Times’s architecture critic, found himself in a tricky position recently: he had to review his... More

Lewis and Snark

Lapham’s new journal: an embarrassment of riches…or just an embarrassment?

The first issue of Lapham’s Quarterly, Lewis Lapham’s new journal of history, features, on its back cover, a list of... More

Union Jack-knife

When it comes to ‘merit pay,’ candidates and reporters should cut to the chase

Joe Biden, in his role as self-appointed media critic for last night’s Democratic debate, apologized after answering a question about... More

Oh, (Big) Brother

China’s “fake reporters”: scourge or scapegoat?

If it looks like a reporter, and acts like a reporter…it might just be a criminal posing as a reporter... More

Brain Drain

The NYT’s “political brain” graphics put mind over (gray) matter

Ever wondered how your inferior frontal cortex feels about Fred Thompson? Neither had I. Until yesterday, that is, when The... More

The Tipping Point

Clinton, the media, and a mysterious $100 tip

Here’s a tip for politicians as they make their way through Iowa’s restaurants, diners, and coffee shops: leave one. On... More

Hell Hath No Fury

…like a political adviser scorned

In last week’s Democratic debate, Bill Richardson interrupted a bout of fighting among his fellow candidates: The important thing is... More

Happy Birthday, Atlantic

And many more…

First issued on November 1, 1857, The Atlantic Monthly is in the midst of its 150th birthday celebration. To mark... More

Start Spreading the News…

Obama’s years in New York City? Fuggedaboutem

Among their many reputations, New Yorkers are known for being almost parentally protective of their city. If you’re lucky enough... More

They Did the Monster Mash

The “Hillary bombed” message has caught on in a flash…the thing is, though, she didn’t

As Liz pointed out earlier today, the MSM has offered divided perspectives on Hillary Clinton’s performance in last night’s Democratic... More

Mock the Vote

Colbert’s campaign and the media: “Together, I am going to change the world”

On Sunday’s Meet the Press, Tim Russert hosted, among other guests, a stuffed puppet. And, no, that’s not a euphemism.... More

Tailor-made

PBS’s tailored documentary

It’s fitting that Six Days in June—the documentary film reexamining the 1967 war that was a crucible for today’s Arab-Israeli... More

Not so huge, after all!

Mickey throws stones, but Kaus made of glass

Update: The Edwards affair allegations? False and false. Both sides say so. While denials, of course, don’t necessarily guarantee falsity,... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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