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Pyramid Schemes

Newspapers should feel free to go long

We are, as a culture, growing ever more informal with each other. Traditional social hierarchies are compressing, and one effect... More

The Nation—Now with a Low, Low Introductory Rate!

To be clear, this is not from The Onion: (via Kevin Drum) Update: Thanks to Scott Klein, currently of ProPublica... More

A Heartbreaking Quirk of Staggering Genius

If you haven't already, I highly recommend checking out the A.V. Club's interview with McSweeney's founder/Panorama instigator/slow-word mover/all-around logophile Dave... More

Hey, I-Reporters—Get Your Props (And Also: Your $20,000)

The application deadline for the Nieman Foundation's Worth Bingham Prize for investigative journalism is this Friday, January 8. More

Ecstasy: In Tablet Form Since ‘94

As tech bloggers, media-watchers, and pretty much all the remaining members of the journalism profession rumor-monger and wax enthusiastic about... More

Yemen 101

"Face it," Ken Silverstein begins, "until recently many of you didn’t know for sure if Yemen was a country or... More

“Don’t Make Me Pull over This Commenting Platform”

The Pantagraph, local paper of Bloomington and nearby central Illinois towns, has turned off the commenting feature on its site's... More

Fox to History: ‘Get Me Rewrite’

Here is a declaration made by a panelist during the most recent episode of Fox News Watch--the media-criticism show that... More

Don’t Be Shy about the Lip Gloss, and Other Tips for Kevin Drum

So Kevin Drum, Mother Jones uber-blogger, is soon to make his television debut. And he is seeking advice before his... More

$0.0089 a Word

The HuffPo payment model--bloggers-blog-for-free--is one thing. This is quite another: (h/t Craig Silverman) More

Editor, Publisher, and Webmaster

So your 125-year-old media-industry magazine suddenly folds. Do you: A. Start a blog. B. Blog about starting a blog. C.... More

Best of 2009: Megan Garber

Garber picks her top stories from 2009

1) Common Knowledge Part of the first unit in CJR's Press Forward series of future-of-news dialogues, this essay explores the... More

Rebel with a Cause

Molly Ivins in high definition

Molly Ivins: A Rebel Life | By Bill Minutaglio and W. Michael Smith | PublicAffairs | 360 pages, $26.95 On... More

Irony du Jour

Without further comment, check out the name of the latest publication to make an impassioned and apparently earnest attempted takedown... More

“Obama Overexposed?”: Upon Us Yet Again

Carr puts a new spin on the old question

Three words sum up, I think, the current state of our generally scenic but sometimes arid Media Landscape—three words manage... 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

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