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The Bo scandal: how we got that story

Thanks to the Web, you can follow the money online—even in China

The scandal surrounding the recently purged Chinese Communist Party official Bo Xilai has all the elements of Shakespearean drama: the... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Military movers, insuring a pitcher’s arm, and lobbyists against federal travel caps

1. The $5 billion moving bill: Reports last week that the US had agreed with Japan to transfer 9,000 of... More

On the Media silent on NPR retraction

The show should address This American Life’s disavowal of its Mike Daisey story

I rarely miss an episode of NPR’s On the Media, which is essential listening for information on media trends and... More

Murdoch takes a bow

If the Leveson Inquiries revealed anything, it was that the News Corp. chief’s self perceptions make entertaining viewing

Rupert Murdoch finished his two-day testimony before the Leveson Inquiry on Thursday, convened to address the phone-hacking scandal that emanated... More

Reporting that changed history

A journalist mines the past to inform the future

The Pulitzer season is a time for inspiration and reflection. Inspiration because those and other awards each year remind us... More

Pulitzer winners donate their prize to their peers

The $10,000 prize for investigative reporting will teach more Seattle Times reporters how to uncover stories

Instead of keeping the $10,000 that accompanied their recent Pulitzer for investigative reporting, Ken Armstrong and Michael Berens decided to... More

Stories I’d like to see

The rebuff to Citi’s board, boxing’s decline, and GSA follow-ups

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

A picture is worth a thousand memes

Pulitzer-winning cartoonist Matt Wuerker responds to Farhad Manjoo

Farhad Manjoo thinks political cartoons are stale, stupid, and unfunny—or so he argued in Slate last week, saying that, instead... More

Loneliness at the Foreign ‘Bureau’

News organizations exaggerate the size of their overseas newsrooms

The Washington Post has 16 foreign “bureaus,” and 12 of them consist of just a single reporter, according to the... More

The Forward sits down with a Hamas official

It’s a first for the 115-year-old Jewish newspaper, but audiences are slow to respond

Late Thursday night, the Jewish Forward, a 115-year-old paper that was published entirely in Yiddish until 1983, posted online a... More

Looking beyond Kony

Coverage of Africa needs to go beyond the sensationalistic, three experts said at a panel talk on Thursday

In Kenya in early March, a grenade blast linked to the terrorist group Al-Shabaab killed six people and injured 63.... More

Nobody wins, again

For the ninth time, the Pulitzer Board can’t agree on a winner for editorials

This year’s Pulitzer Prizes were announced on Monday afternoon, and for the ninth time in 95 years, there was no... More

Stories I’d Like to See

Cheney’s heart, CVS and privacy, and Walmart’s guns

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

Freelancers on the Front Lines

Safety for foreign correspondents is an issue the media needs to address

It was almost one year ago that photojournalist and Restrepo director Sebastian Junger lost his good friend and colleague, Tim... 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


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

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.”

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