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The Mail

Reviewing recent issues of the Baltimore City Paper, Mother Earth News, 2000. The European Journal, and more

People send us their newspapers and magazines. Sometimes, we review them. Mother Earth News, December 2008 / January 2009 For... More

Hardball

A veteran sports columnist meets—and shrugs off—Internet outrage

Corky Simpson is seventy years old. As if to prove it, he refers to himself as “a stubborn old mule”... More

Letter Imperfect

A better strategy for verifying letters to the editor

Though it takes up a relatively small amount of real estate, a newspaper or magazine’s letters to the editor section... More

We (Heart) Bag Fees!?

Times article an insult to consumer reporting, common sense

The week before Christmas, I wrote a column about the poor state of consumer reporting in the United States. Imagine... More

Apocalypse Now

The Times will die in May! But not really!

Plague. Pestilence. Stopped presses. Hold onto your horsemen, folks: It's the end of times! Or, at least, the end of... More

Media Layoff Mad Libs

10,000 ways to bid farewell to a (colleague; great reporter; car pool organizer)

FROM: The Executive Editor TO: All As you may have heard (in the newsroom; at Caribou Coffee; on somebody's blog),... More

Sex Ed 101

The WSJ weighs in on abstinence pledges

Studies about teen sexuality are irresistible media bait, and for good reason: parents are interested because they’re worried about their... More

Aspen New Year’s Eve Bomb Threat

Proves—once again—the value of a local paper

ASPEN, Colo. — The hottest item in the frigid early morning hours of New Year’s Day in this fashionable ski... More

Under Presser

Okay, maybe it was “the first governmental press conference ever held on Twitter.” Is that really a story?

It's a pattern familiar to the point of cliché: an international crisis—or, to be slightly more precise, a crisis that... More

RTE’s New Year Wishes

New year’s resolutions for corrections and accuracy

Several months ago, I received a phone call from an editor at a major U.S. newspaper. He explained that his... More

Best of 2008: Jane Kim

Kim picks her top stories from 2008

1) Vulgus, Schmulgus Bill Kristol used precious column space in the NYT to write unproductively and misleadingly about a... More

Best of 2008: Trudy Lieberman

Lieberman picks her top stories from 2008

1) Health Care on the Mississippi By showing how real people would fare under the proposals of both candidates, the... More

The Mail

Reviewing recent issues of Milwaukee, LA Weekly, Bitch, and more

People send us their newspapers and magazines. Sometimes, we review them. Milwaukee Magazine, January 2009 The January 2009 issue of... More

My Mother’s Obit

A son reconsiders the hometown paper

A few days before she died in January my mother asked me to write her obit. She had her practical... More

Deep cuts at New Orleans Times-Picayune

Editors note: News came Wednesday that the New Orleans Times-Picayune, which distinguished itself for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina, is... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


High Times hits middle age (NYMag)

After 40 years, every issue still features a weed centerfold

Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

Bloggingheads

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

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