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The Economy Today: Weathering the Storm

News from Colorado, Utah, California and elsewhere

USA Today leads with a story about how stimulus projects are bypassing the hardest-hit states. Of the nearly $4 billion... More

Climate Bill Cacophony

With so much back-and-forth on news pages, papers need more editorials

Last week, the House Energy and Commerce committee approved energy and climate legislation that could put the first national cap... More

The Economy Today: Songs of Recession

Headlines from California, Tennessee, Florida, and elsewhere

Grilled chicken and lasagna are the latest signs of the recession, USA Today reports. Chain restaurants such as KFC and... More

Watching Sotomayor

How Day One coverage of the Supreme Court pick fared

With the announcement that President Obama has nominated federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court to replace... More

The Economy Today: Governments at Work

Headlines from New Hampshire, California, Montana, Arizona, and elsewhere

This morning, economic news takes a distant backseat to the big news about North Korea. The Washington Post offers a... More

Single-Payer Advocates Finally Get Their Say

Montana papers lead the way

Twice this month, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) has tossed single-payer advocates out of his finance committee hearings on health reform.... More

The Economy Today: More Stimulus Money for Your Mansion?

News from Montana, Utah, New Mexico, and elsewhere

Washington is considering a new agency that would protect consumers of financial products, Reuters reports, as part of an effort... More

CJR on Gaza

Our package of magazine and Web articles about the conflict in the Middle East

This month, the Columbia Journalism Review is offering three perspectives on the coverage of the fighting in Gaza. J.J. Goldberg,... More

Parsing Obama on State Secrets

Obama promises only “cosmetic” changes

This morning, President Barack Obama stood before the Constitution at the National Archives and gave an hour-long speech on the... More

Tracking the Money: Craig Jennings on Bailout Transparency

CJR talks with the OMB Watch analyst

Craig Jennings is a federal fiscal policy analyst at OMB Watch, a non-profit advocacy and research organization that promotes government... More

California Knockout

Reports focus too myopically on the battle between guv and voters

On Tuesday, California residents voted down—with huge margins—all but one of six bundled ballot measures intended to help alleviate the... More

The Economy Today: Superheroes and Coupon Queens

News from California, Maine, Colorado, and elsewhere

In national headlines, The New York Times reports on the new credit-card measures that Congress passed yesterday, which will increase... More

Excluded Voices

An interview with Jonathan Oberlander

This past year’s health discussion has been remarkable for the narrow range of ideas and opinions that have floated down... More

Not a Showdown

Politico, MSNBC, Time hype Obama vs. Cheney non-controversy

As we’ve noted before, nothing gets media juices flowing like a tasty conflict. A few months back, it was Limbaugh... More

The Economy Today: Vetoes and Woes

Headlines from South Carolina, Colorado, Maryland, and elsewhere

Consumer economics are big news in the national papers this morning. The Washington Post reports that the Obama administration may... 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 White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

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.”

Bloggingheads

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

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