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What Price is Right?

Collaboration needed between business and politics reporters

In this morning’s roundup, we saw a number of headlines about slumping housing prices around the country. In San Diego,... More

First 100 Days Mad Libs

Our “100 days” coverage has been (applauded; too expensive; largely cribbed from Ashton Kutcher’s Twitter feed)

From: The Editor To: All Hands Re: The First 100 Days Since President Obama took office, we have (focused with... More

The Economy Today

Headlines from around the country

Here’s a quick survey of economic news from around the country: The San Diego Union Tribune offers three indicators that... More

Mortgage Defaults Beyond the Numbers

Chronicle reports the figures, LAT goes deeper

Yesterday, a San Diego real estate information service called MDA DataQuick released numbers that show a rising number of mortgage... More

Above the Fold: Know-Nothings at the NYT

Times waterboarding story reports, demonstrates ignorance of history

“There is no history of ethnic conflict in Iraq.” – former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, explaining to Congress... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part VII

WellPoint brings forth voices from the grassroots

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

To America, With Love, Signed Barack Obama

NYT too wide-eyed on White House mailman story

The New York Times had a sweet story yesterday about Mike Kelleher, the White House mailman (official title: Director of... More

Mixed Messages

The press searches for good news in economic indicators

“I'm tired of feeling financially defeated all the time,” wrote Washington Post personal finance blogger Ylan Mui last week. Even... More

Budget Balancing Acts

LAT zooms in on California’s Props 1D and 1E

A Los Angeles Times article today discusses two propositions that will appear on the state’s May 19 special election ballot,... More

Follow the Money

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel tracks the stimulus dollars in Wisconsin

Kudos to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel for setting an example of how newspapers can and should cover the progress of the... More

Snail Mail Disclosure

ProPublica frees ethics information for the Internet age

President Barack Obama ran a technology savvy presidential campaign that promised a more ethical and transparent government. The Office of... More

A Tale of Two Palins

Politico and the NYT offer conflicting assessments of the Alaska governor

Depending on where you get your Sarah Palin news, you might have two very different ideas about how the Alaska... More

Omnipresence, That Irritating Thing

Roger Simon’s problem with Obama’s ubiquity

On the scale of one to ten of irritating things that a president might do while dealing with an economic... More

Inst-Tea-Gators

Local radio hosts loom large over tea parties

Much ink has been spilt debating whether yesterday’s tea parties were “an organic movement built on genuine anger, or a... More

Shuns of Steele

Can Michael Steele still steer the GOP?

Poor Michael Steele. When he was elected as the head of the Republican party in late January, he was seen... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

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

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