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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

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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