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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

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

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