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Decision 2012 Mad Libs

Our campaign coverage will (be tough but fair; appear on alternate Tuesdays; take its cues from ‘Doonesbury’)

To: All Hands From: The Political Editor Re: Decision 2012 - Our Election Coverage It seems like only yesterday that... More

Talked Out

Who needs Keith Olbermann, anyway?

Like a lot of folks I was surprised by the apparent sacking of Keith Olbermann at MSNBC, if for no... More

Wrong Place, Wrong Time

Travel writing and my geographic inferiority complex

Paris is a puzzle. San Francisco is an affront. The west of Ireland is a slap in the face. The... More

Too Many Cooks

Celebrity chefs enjoy their media moment

There they are again, this time on the front of the Washington Post Style section. It’s the celebrity chefs, and... More

Breaking News from the Luncheon Keynoter

The future of news is (brighter than you think; contingent on government subsidies; in Mark Zuckerberg’s hands)

First of all, I’d like to thank (Tucker Carlson; Arianna Huffington; that tweedy-looking professor over there) for the opportunity to... More

Intruder Alert!

Being liked in Washington is a sometime thing—just ask Desiree Rogers

It’s December and real Chicagoans are making ready for the onset of a Lake Michigan winter and for the arctic... More

A Note on the Paper’s Ongoing Redesign

“Our new redesign will (enhance our newsstand appeal; revitalize our brand; give Dear Abby the front-page presence she deserves)”

To: All Hands From: The Executive Editor Re: The Redesign The continuing controversy over (the size of the weather map;... More

The Chicago Tribune, the Cubs, and Me

TribCo is selling the Chicago Cubs. Steve Daley was there when they bought in

The week I went to work as a sports columnist for the Chicago Tribune in 1981 was the week the... More

Sports Center

A hall of fame for sportswriters? Pass the press-box bratwurst, please

News that the Associated Press Sports Editors is establishing a national headquarters and a “Hall of Fame” at Indiana University’s... More

First 100 Days Mad Libs

Our “100 days” coverage has been (applauded; too expensive; largely cribbed from Ashton Kutcher’s Twitter feed)

From: The Editor To: All Hands Re: The First 100 Days Since President Obama took office, we have (focused with... More

Attribution We Can Believe In…

Why we’re speaking off the record

“We do not grant anonymity to people who use it as a cover for personal or partisan attack.” - editorial... More

Obama Coverage Mad Libs

“Our D.C. coverage will be (fair and balanced; appearing on alternate Mondays; handled by our Los Angeles bureau)”

From: The Executive Editor To: All Hands The first days of the Barack Obama administration would seem to provide a... More

Media Layoff Mad Libs

10,000 ways to bid farewell to a (colleague; great reporter; car pool organizer)

FROM: The Executive Editor TO: All As you may have heard (in the newsroom; at Caribou Coffee; on somebody's blog),... 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


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

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

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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