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The Mail

Reviewing recent issues of Sojourners, America, The Times of Acadiana, and more

People send us their newspapers and magazines. Sometimes, we review them. The Times of Acadiana, February 19, 2009 Whatever Cody... More

The Week that Was: In Which Chaos, Indeed, Ensued

The week in new media

Hold onto your Firefox tabs: chaos has come. Here's the evidence. And here, in part, is the reason. (Feeling overloaded?... More

Violating the “Contract of Correction”

Corrections requests get backlogged at The Washington Post

Roughly a year ago, The Washington Post embarked on what has become a seven-part investigative series about housing issues in... More

CJR Audio: The Future of Investigative Journalism

A discussion on the future of the journalistic watchdog

On March 12 and 13, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism hosted Enlarging the Space for Watchdog Journalism, a conference... More

On Nieman, On Narrative

Notes from the Nieman Narrative Conference 2009

Even its logo was a narrative. This weekend's Nieman conference (full name: "Telling True Stories in Turbulent Times: Nieman... More

The Week that Was: In Which We Said Goodnight, and Good Luck

The week in new media

SXSW Interactive: innovative and instructive, or annoyingly self-indulgent? Either way, maybe newspapers (yes, newspapers!) can learn something from the festival.... More

Comedy of Errors

Comedians and the corrections beat

Jay Leno has made amusing, mistaken, and otherwise notable newspaper headlines a staple of his show. Recently, his rivals got... More

Gender Gap Gone?

Women reign at 2009 Goldsmith investigative reporting awards

CAMBRIDGE, MA. When the team of Washington Post investigative reporters gathered in their editor’s office to put the finishing touches... More

Short-Shrifting Seattle

Regional reporting will suffer as the P-I moves online

Twelve years ago, I left the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and went from doing journalism to teaching it. I’ve thus had the... More

Table for Two?

Taking a look at the remaining two-paper towns

On Tuesday morning, Seattle became a one-newspaper town, as the 146-year-old Seattle Post-Intelligencer printed its last edition and became a... More

McCain/Stephanopoulos: The Twitterview

The limits of character limits

Earlier this afternoon, George Stephanopoulos and John McCain conducted an interview via Twitter. (Okay, fine: they conducted a Twitterview.) Some... More

A Tale of Two Papers

P-I offers reporting, San Francisco Chronicle offers flackery

The starkly different ways in which two Hearst properties—the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the San Francisco Chronicle—have been informing readers of... More

To the P-I, on Its First Day

Advice for Michelle Nicolosi from fellow online-only editors

While today marks the death of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, it also marks the birth of the seattlepi.com as a standalone,... More

Sleepless in Seattle

Seattle Post-Intelligencer staffers on the demise of their newspaper

After learning that the 146-year-old Seattle Post-Intelligencer would cease operations today, we invited the paper’s staffers to share some thoughts... More

The Dirtiest, Filthiest, Most Offensive Pun You’ll Never Read!

The sad saga of the Times’s “grass-mud horse”

The effects of the practice commonly referred to as water torture—even more commonly, Chinese water torture—are psychological rather than physical,... 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


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!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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