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The Dirtiest, Filthiest, Most Offensive Pun You’ll Never Read!

The sad saga of the Times’s “grass-mud horse”

The effects of the practice commonly referred to as water torture—even more commonly, Chinese water torture—are psychological rather than physical,... More

State of the News Media: The Quiz

PEJ tests the plus ça change approach to news

So the Project for Excellence in Journalism has released its annual State of the News Media report. This year's version,... More

The Week That Was: In Which Our Limbo Continued

Seattle stayed in its holding pattern. The Berkman Center introduced the News Cloud tool. Media critics, professional and amateur alike:... More

McCain and Stephanopoulos: The Twitterview! (No, Seriously!)

John McCain, noted Netophobe, will be joining George Stephanopoulos for an interview this Tuesday. Actually, more precisely, he'll be joining... More

News Judgment

"JON STEWART EVISCERATES JIM CRAMER AND CNBC" is the banner headline currently leading The Huffington Post's homepage. Now: the interview... More

Stewart v Cramer: The “Potentially Important” Interview!

In an interview yesterday with Stewart (Martha), Jim Cramer, discussing his upcoming interview with Stewart (Jon)--aka, per a cover story... More

The Thirty-Three

The lede from Pew's latest report about American news consumption habits: As many newspapers struggle to stay economically viable, fewer... More

Panel: The Future of Newspapers

Bloomberg's Norman Pearlstine and Hearst's Steven Swartz (with the New Yorker's James Carey) are currently at Columbia's J-School, speaking about--yes--the... More

The Saddest Little Venn Diagram Ever

Late last month, Real Clear Politics published a package entitled "Top 10 Newspapers in Trouble," a list of the ten... More

The Starr Retort

Remember the essay that Princeton professor, author, and sometime magazine contributor Paul Starr had in The New Republic a couple... More

Rick Astley, Meet William Strunk

Yowza. Consider yourselves Rick-rolled, grammar-style. More

The Week That Was: In Which We Carried on, Then Twittered about It

The week in new media

The Seattle P-I is making moves to become the next online-only. Possibly with only twenty-two employees. And as early as... More

The President and the Gray Lady: Reunited (and It Feels So Good…)

Looks like the long, awkward freeze-out is over. The New York Times will finally get its interview with the president.... More

Cornell Pest: The Andy Bernard Keith Olbermann Edition

Given that the economy's in shambles and we're engaged in two wars, this seems like a good way to make... More

Under Gawker’s Umbrella (ella, ella…)

Looks like Gawker's self-consolidation is paying off. (So far.) Nick Denton recently folded Defamer and Valleywag--Hollywood and Silicon Valley gossip... 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.”

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