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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

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

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