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The word on the street: insecure

Listening to voters in Omaha’s Old Market

Last week I found myself in Omaha, at the city’s Old Market, hoping to visit with some of the locals... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Spy vs. spy at NYU, troop suicides, NYSE-Nasdaq wars

In his weekly “Stories I’d like to see” column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion,... More

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The superintendent’s racy emails

Exposé or overexposure: Where’s the public-private line?

In early May, Nancy Sebring, the superintendent of the Des Moines public school system, abruptly resigned; her resignation was accepted... More

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What was CNN Money thinking?

A Q&A on retirement issues sows confusion

It’s hard to say what was the point of CNN Money’s latest contribution to the retirement debate. The site's Q&A... More

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A superb expose about an unsafe medical device

The OC Register lays bare a lax approval system that hurts patients

Tony Saavedra and Courtney Perkes, reporters for The Orange County Register, deserve a laurel for their superb piece about harmful... More

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New Orleans and the future of news

Media policy matters, and journalists ought to weigh in

Last week’s announcement that the New Orleans Times-Picayune would be slashing its staff and cutting its print run to just... More

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Award celebrates book-length journalism

The Helen Bernstein Award was accompanied by talk of investigative journalism’s future

Investigative journalists and their fans gathered at the New York Public Library’s flagship 42nd Street branch on Tuesday night to... More

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The Sometimes Picayune

Want to damage New Orleans (again)? Decimate its newspaper

Here, for your reading pleasure, are two familiar cliches: 1. New Orleans is a unique city. 2. The newspaper business... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Old money, Yankee bunts, battling for veterans’ health insurance contracts

In his weekly “Stories I’d like to see” column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion,... More

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Scandinavian public media fight for their right to grow

Potential regulatory changes spell an uncertain future

From cuts to controversies, NPR and PBS haven’t had an easy time of it lately. Indeed, the news last month... More

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WaPo must transform to survive

Clay Shirky disputes The Audit’s take on the Washington Post’s financial future

Ryan Chittum's "The Washington Post Co.'s Self-Destructive Course" is a blistering attack on the paper's management of its journalistic mission... More

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Denmark launches new public radio network

Radio24syv hopes to challenge old stalwart DR

On a Friday afternoon in November, Denmark’s latest experiment in public broadcasting had only been up and running for two... More

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On Journatic, and making it in Hyperlocalville

Success depends on the company bringing Tribune a savings/quality balance, says Patch’s former editor in chief

In late April, a six-year-old digital startup called Journatic struck a deal with a 165-year-old newspaper company to take over... More

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Stories I’d like to see

The Kennedys and Caro, Facebook IPO suits, the Edwards trial judge

In his weekly “Stories I’d like to see” column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion,... More

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It’s 2012 already: why is opinion writing still mostly male?

Byline counts are better, but not much. How come?

“Man. Man. Man. Man. Man. Man.” I had Sue Horton, the Op-ed and Sunday opinion editor at the Los... 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’”

Bloggingheads

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

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