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Covering Gaza from Israel

What Israelis wanted to know about the war

During the first week of Israel’s winter military operation in Gaza, a broadcaster for ChanNel 2, which has the highest... More

The Psychology of Collections

NYT Magazine humanizes credit card companies instead of consumers

Reporting on how credit card companies are coping as the number of customers in default grows, The New York Times... More

The Economy Today: Gambling on Tomorrow

Headlines from Nevada, Mississippi, Texas, and elsewhere

All the national papers lead with Obama’s tightening of emissions and gas mileage rules. The Times also sees signs that... More

Top Secret: Bill Leonard on Classified Documents

An interview with the former head of the Information Security Oversight Office

From 2002 to 2007, Bill Leonard served as director of the Information Security Oversight Office, a division of the National... More

Where Will the Money Come From Redux

Maybe not from us, say health care special interests

The president scored a big one last week when he appeared on national TV with representatives of six big stakeholders... More

The Economy Today: Gold Coins and Gardening Seeds

News from California, Minnesota, Ohio and elsewhere

In national headlines, The Washington Post runs a big story on the cost of being poor, writing, “The poorer you... More

Where Will the Money Come From?

And who will be left out of health reform?

This week, The Economist zoomed in on an issue that the press has overlooked of late: the details of where... More

The Economy Today: Running on Wind

News from Sacramento, Baton Rouge, Medicine Bow, and elsewhere

National economic headlines include word from The New York Times that Mexican immigration to the States has declined sharply, which... More

Minority Report

A hybrid of national and local census coverage would be the ideal

The 2008 census results are out! And scanning local headlines, it looks like minority populations are growing at warp speed.... More

Dangling Modifiers

When writing about foreclosures, don’t forget their human context

As record numbers of foreclosures make headlines around the country, the Obama administration’s plan to help homeowners modify their mortgages... More

The Economy Today: Three Feet Deeper

News from Portland, Helena, Sioux Falls and more

Nationally, The Washington Post reports that the $75 billion foreclosure prevention program, Making Home Affordable, has thus far been “implemented... More

The Garbage Gauge

The silver lining in the weak retail numbers

Customers are still cutting their spending, according to the April retail sales report that sent the financial indexes falling by... More

Four More Years?

Photos send Obama looking for a new FOIA exemption

In an unexpected policy reversal, the Obama administration today announced it would not release forty-four photos depicting prisoner abuse in... More

McChrystal Clear

What will new Afghanistan commander’s confirmation hearings reveal about JSOC?

On Monday afternoon, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced that Defense Secretary Robert Gates Army General asked the top American commander... More

Baucus Watch, Part IX

The senator ejects single-payer advocates—again

As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Max Baucus holds the keys to health care reform; any health care... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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