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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

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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