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Getting Carded

Time magazine blames credit card consumers

Credit cards are on the agenda this week for the Senate Banking Committee, which is considering a bill that “would... More

The Economy Today: On Schedule?

Headlines from Maryland, Texas, Arizona, Wisconsin, and elsewhere

This morning, The New York Times observes that only a small portion of the stimulus funds has actually “reached state... More

Will Health Care Providers Really Reduce Spending?

The press exhibits some skepticism—but more is needed

Yesterday, six protagonists in Washington’s unfolding health care drama sent a letter to the President saying they have “joined together... More

The Economy Today: Fares and Fires

Headlines from Arkansas, Delaware, New York City, and elsewhere

Both USA Today and The Wall Street Journal see signs of how the recession is affecting big businesses. In the... More

Senate Goes XML

A quiet shift is hailed

Last week, the Senate took a small but significant step into the twenty-first century when it started providing voting data... More

StikiQuote

Enough with the misuse of the Jefferson-on-newspapers line

You know that quote from Thomas Jefferson? The one invoked in so many defense-of-newspapers essays of late--the one in which... More

What Journalists Can Learn from Frank Luntz

Wisdom from the Republican wordsmith

Frank Luntz reappeared last week when a tipster slipped Politico a twenty-eight-page document called “The Language of Healthcare 2009” that... More

Suburbs Over Cities

The Wall Street Journal investigates the rural-urban divide

As stimulus funds make their way from Washington to state legislatures and beyond, the process and conflicts that arise en... More

The Economy Today: Venturing Capital

News from Portsmouth, Chattanooga, Boise, and more

National headlines focus on a commitment from groups in the health industry to lower health care costs. By trimming inefficiencies,... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part VIII

Baucus evicts single-payer advocates from his hearing

During the campaign, Barack Obama promised his cheering crowds that, when he rolled up his sleeves to work on health... More

The Economy Today: Getting Stimulated

Headlines from Arkansas, Georgia, Arizona, and elsewhere

National headlines continue analysis of the bank stress tests, which revealed a mixed picture yesterday. Also, the national jobless rate... More

Hertzberg’s Zeal

New Yorker writer lampoons South, self, in one overly broad stoke

There are few things less satisfying than beating up on a Self-Satisfied Yankee Elitist who is proud to be a... More

Memo to Journalists: Move Beyond the Beltway Babble

Men (and women) on the street are foggy about health reform

At this point in any debate over health reform, journalists inevitably get lost in all the wonk talk, the economic... More

The Economy Today: Students in the Crosshairs

News from Wyoming, California, Texas, and elsewhere

The much-hyped and much-leaked bank stress-test results will be released at 5 p.m. today, but already The Washington Post has... More

Newsweek’s Wal-Mart Amnesia

The newsweekly forgets about the discount giant’s dubious deeds

An all-too-common complaint about Newsweek is that, even though it’s edited by a man who is indisputably The Ultimate Thinking... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

Bloggingheads

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

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