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Taking the seen-it route

Why toil as an entry-level slave when you can watch a lot of TV, write it up, build a following—and perhaps even get paid?

Since I could talk, I have talked back to the television. Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was great—I loved that segment... More

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Darts and Laurels

Women’s work

When The New York Times made Buffalo News editor Margaret Sullivan its new public editor in September, there seemed... More

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Talk to the hand

A long-running journalism inside joke gets new (after?)life

Eight years ago, the Chicago Tribune put the halogen searchlight of public attention on an age-old international media conspiracy—an... More

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Appending Larry

Google’s “premature release” spins off another viral meme — and an ethical question

A recent Reuters article on Google's prematurely released earnings report noted that a Twitter parody account was created to mock... More

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Pass the #popcorn

ICYMI: Buzzfeed’s copyranter defends his right to republish

According to a recent Pew study, 15 percent of adults online use Twitter — 8 percent daily. I’m pretty sure... More

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‘Hi, Mark!’

The Newspaper Guild welcomes The New York Times’s new CEO

Mark Thompson began work today as the new CEO of The New York Times, and the Newspaper Guild was there... More

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Pass the #popcorn

ICYMI: Matt Sullivan’s announcement pits Felix Salmon against Foster Kamer

According to a recent Pew study, 15 percent of adults online use Twitter — 8 percent daily. I’ve yet to... More

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Newsweek is dead … long live Newsweek?

The end of its print run may not be all doom and gloom

As has been reported all over the place today, Newsweek/The Daily Beast editor in chief Tina Brown and CEO Baba... More

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Fisching for attention

CNN didn’t need to give anti-gay activist Bryan Fischer airtime

You'd think there would be little to criticize about Southern Poverty Law Center's "Mix It Up at Lunch Day" project,... More

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Pass the #popcorn

ICYMI: New York Times Magazine’s Andrew Goldman tweet-battles several female writers

According to a recent Pew study, 15 percent of adults online use Twitter — 8 percent daily. I’ve yet to... More

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Burying the lede

“I’m in journalism school. Am I an idiot?” That depends

This American Life host Ira Glass recently did an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit. “Sound_Sop” asked him: “It’s 2012 and... More

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Newsweek’s latest blunder

“Transcription error” mars special commemorative issue

It seems like only yesterday that we were paying tribute to Newsweek with our July/August magazine cover. Alas, in the... More

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Hard Numbers

Who do you trust?

193 pages in the Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act decision 2 pages of the decision CNN and Fox News producers... More

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The Kickstarter Chronicles

Fiction, in serialized and small forms

Each week, dozens of journalistic endeavors turn to Kickstarter for funding. Pitching media projects to this online community brings another... More

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ProPublica reporter gets the Treme treatment

The show’s third season will feature a character based on A.C. Thompson

A.C. Thompson's reporting on transgressions by the New Orleans police force in the wake of Hurricane Katrina led to an... More

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Internet Archive launches TV news database

Could be a great resource for searching and watching news clips … while it lasts

Internet Archive, which hosts the Wayback Machine (very helpful to find now-dead websites or earlier versions of existing ones …... More

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The Kickstarter Chronicles

Beauty pageants for seniors and case law books for zombies

Each week, dozens of journalistic endeavors turn to Kickstarter for funding. Pitching media projects to this online community brings another... More

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Aggregation aggravation

Politico’s Maggie Haberman has a pretty liberal view of how much to quote when aggregating. Should she be more conservative?

How much aggregation is too much? It's been years since aggregator extraordinaire Huffington Post entered the online media fray, and... More

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The Kickstarter Chronicles

A few words to the wise

Each week, dozens of journalistic endeavors turn to Kickstarter for funding. Pitching media projects to this online community brings another... More

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ICYMI: tweet chats

Building a community 140 characters at a time

Twitter is useful for many things, but its 140-character limit means conversation isn't easily one of them. That doesn't mean... 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 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.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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