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Behind the News

George W. and the Texas Press

Is the honeymoon over?

George W. Bush says he doesn't read newspapers. He does, however, apparently read Texas Monthly magazine. In fact, the president... More

Introducing the Grantland Corrections Desk

Deadspin picks up Bill Simmons’s slack

“Without looking it up, I can tell you the night the Toronto Blue Jays won their first World Series —... More

This Is How the World ends…

A cynical and fitting sacrifice for the News of The World

Finally it died as it has lived: in an explosion of moral piety designed to disguise actions that, in truth,... More

And on the Fender Bass, President Abraham Lincoln!

A humorous correction earns AAA World some praise

It wasn’t too long after the July/August issue of the mid-Atlantic edition of AAA World magazine reached subscribers that Mike... More

Kling’s Warning

Q&A with outgoing Minnesota Public Radio CEO Bill Kling

In 1967, in exchange for free grad-school tuition, Bill Kling agreed to help Minnesota’s St. John’s University start a radio... More

Confidence In TV News and Newspapers (Slightly) Up

What’s Weiner got to do with it?

Some heartening news for those in the newspaper and TV News industries. Gallup’s annual poll of the public’s confidence... More

Misquotes That Refuse to Die

Things that David Plouffe, Captain Kirk, and others didn’t say

Back in 2009, Barack Obama’s presidential campaign manager, David Plouffe, said some rather kind words about Utah governor Jon Huntsman,... More

Q&A with FCC Report Head Writer Steve Waldman, Part Two

“Rather than doing it ‘once more with feeling,’ let’s try something new.”

Two weeks ago, the FCC released its long-awaited, 365-page report, “The Information Needs of Communities.” The report’s chief writer, Steve... More

Q&A with FCC Report Head Writer Steve Waldman, Part One

“We actually have to pay attention to this and if we don’t, there are going to be severe consequences.”

Two weeks ago, the FCC released its long-awaited, 365-page report, “The Information Needs of Communities.” The report’s chief writer,... More

The Backfire Effect

More on the press’s inability to debunk bad information

Which of these headlines strikes you as the most persuasive: “I am not a Muslim, Obama says.” “I am a... More

Gawker’s Rebound

It's been more than six months since sales chief Chris Batty left Gawker Media as Nick Denton decided he was... More

More Reactions to FCC Report

Critics split on whether government should do more or less

The FCC released its staff report, “Information Needs of Communities,” last Thursday and industry and advocacy groups were quick to... More

Writing The War On Drugs

Why do so few American papers report on the trade in their backyard?

What if American law enforcement agents arrested more than six hundred drug dealing suspects in more than twenty cities across... More

No Room for Discussion at FCC Report Panel

Waldman re-presents his report at Columbia J-School

Columbia University’s J-School and the FCC hosted a panel today to coincide with yesterday’s release of the Commission’s “Information Needs... More

Heavy On Problems, Light On Solutions: The FCC Report Has Landed

A quick look at the “disappointing” recommendations

In some three hundred and sixty odd pages, the FCC’s long-awaited Future of News “Information Needs of Communities” report... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Bloggingheads

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

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