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The Mail

Reviewing recent issues of Written By, the Washington City Paper, and Liberty

People send us their newspapers and magazines. Sometimes, we review them. Written By, October/November 2009 Reading Written By, a bimonthly... More

The “T Word”

A conversation with Dave Miller of the Killeen Daily Herald

After Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan’s deadly rampage that killed thirteen people and wounded another thirty at Fort Hood in Texas... More

A Microformat with Major Implications

A vision of automated correction notifications and more

Imagine this: you visit one of your favorite news sites and the homepage displays a notification that an article you... More

Hats Off to Larry

Larry King Live takes a dramatic, emotional look at the execution of the D.C. sniper

Thank you, Larry King, for delivering—to borrow a phrase—a fair and balanced program Tuesday night on the execution of the... 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

MinnPost Turns Two

A brief conversation with Joel Kramer

Those agonizing over the future of local news may take heart at the success of MinnPost.com, the online news site... More

The Dangers of Disaster Reporting

A job that’s fraught with professional and emotional pitfalls

By now, members of the national press have descended on Fort Hood, Texas to tell the story of the worst... More

Truth or Consequences

“We need more journalists who will bleed over their mistakes”

Henry Allen should not have punched Washington Post colleague Manuel Roig-Franzia in the face in the newsroom last week. That’s... More

Fort Hood: A First Test for Twitter Lists

In the aftermath of violence, lists suggest the benefits of collaboration

Journalism and curation—it’s becoming increasingly difficult to determine where the one ends and the other begins. The chicken/egg relationship between... More

Contra Iran

Looking back at media coverage of the Iranian Hostage Crisis, thirty years later

Thirty years ago today, Iranian students invaded the United States embassy in Tehran and captured seventy-one American diplomats, keeping fifty-three... More

Learning from Our Mistakes

Journalists must embrace their errors in order to avoid them in the future

They were guaranteed to fail. Participants in a psychological study were asked trivia questions and told to offer their best... More

FCC Taps Waldman to Study “State of the Media”

Beliefnet founder to make policy recommendations to ensure “a vibrant media landscape”

Steven Waldman, veteran journalist and co-founder of Beliefnet, has been tapped by the FCC to lead an agency-wide initiative designed... More

“Not Here This Year”

Despite numerous setbacks, National Conference of Editorial Writers goes on

The sixty-third annual convention of editorial writers could hardly have met at a worse time. Only a few days earlier,... More

Man About Town

Meet Kery Murakami, founder of the Seattle PostGlobe

Kery Murakami, reluctant news entrepreneur, is the founder of the Seattle PostGlobe, a nonprofit Web startup that provides reported news... More

Speed Demons

Press-conference pranksters reopen the “speed vs. accuracy” debate

The scene that unfolded in the John Peter Zenger Room at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. earlier this... 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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