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Some Creative Efforts to Take Back Foreign News

International news — who needs it? The American public, that’s who.

It's nearly five and a half years since the 9/11 attacks, which was supposed to be the day America woke... More

The Cheney Hokey-Pokey

Is Cheney up? Is Cheney down? The press corps can’t seem to get the story straight.

The job of political journalists is not only to report on Washington, but to discern which way the political winds... More

An Iraqi Journalist Spoils the Pentagon-Press Synergy

The rules of anonymous sourcing don’t always translate well in other countries.

The rules of the not-so-subtle game played between politicians, their aides, and reporters in Washington, as we've seen during the... More

Post Ombud Says “It Wasn’t Us! We Swear!”

In which we criticize Deborah Howell’s criticism of the Washington Post’s Web site.

In responding to a crisis sparked by a January 30 blog post by William Arkin on washingtonpost.com, the paper's ombud... More

Another Take on the Troop “Surge” Numbers

An email from a Pentagon correspondent makes us reconsider …

On Monday, I wrote a piece calling for reporters covering the Pentagon and military affairs to start talking about a... More

The Latest On Reporters and Subpoenas

Despite some good news, it has hardly been a banner week for journalism.

The last couple days sure have been uncomfortable for some reporters who are trying to keep their sources secret, and... More

British Stories We Shouldn’t Ignore

Taking a spin through the British press, we saw some stories that have been receiving scant attention stateside.

For a variety of reasons, we rarely comment on the foreign press. But that doesn't mean we don't read it,... More

Press Gives Bush’s CENTCOM Nominee A Pass on Iraq

What was left out in this morning’s papers …

With the flurry of congressional hearings, debates over nonbinding resolutions, strangely racist utterances by soon-to-be-ex-Democratic presidential hopefuls and the Libby... More

Michael Gordon’s Molehill Becomes A Mountain

When can reporters speak — and about what topics — without fear of being admonished by their employers?

In his Public Editor column in Sunday's New York Times, Byron Calame tackled a problem that he has dealt with... More

Insightmag, A Must-Read

A lesson in how easy it is — even for publications with no history of credibility — to start a scandal.

It's a pretty dubious distinction to be credited with publishing "the first anonymous smear of the 2008 presidential race," by... More

NYT’s Story Speaks Volumes About Iraqi Army

Two embedded reporters get to the heart of the issue.

"One Iraqi soldier in the alley pointed his rifle at an American reporter and pulled the trigger. There was only... More

Is Being Controversial More Important Than Being Right?

Dinesh D’Souza’s new book, which is being skewered by both the left and the right, probably won’t hurt his career in punditry.

Conservative writer Dinesh D'Souza has made a career of poking a stick in the eye of liberals, and he's done... More

My Kingdom For A Storyline

Is John McCain still a “Maverick?” According to the Wall Street Journal, the answer is a resounding “yes!”

As we've seen so often in horse race political coverage, once the press sinks its teeth into a certain storyline... 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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