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A Photo of History Being Made (Up)?

Spot the presidential address reenactment photo!

One of the images below is of President Obama delivering his historic "justice has been done" address live to the... More

Single Sourcing on a Medicare Story at NPR

Covering Medicare, part three

Perhaps no other health issue is as important to so many Americans now and in the future as Medicare. In... More

“I Am Not Reporting Anything to You”

How Fox News, CNN handled the initial Bin Laden news

In the event that you were not watching cable news last night, rest assured that Fox News’s Geraldo Rivera and... More

Kudos to Remapping Debate

A refreshing take on a long-legged health reform story

James Lardner deserves a loud shout-out for his piece about the movement—somewhat dormant until now—to make patients into consumers, meaning... More

A Missing Medicare Link from The New York Times

Covering Medicare, Part II

Perhaps no other health issue is as important to so many Americans now and in the future as Medicare. In... More

Decision 2012 Mad Libs

Our campaign coverage will (be tough but fair; appear on alternate Tuesdays; take its cues from ‘Doonesbury’)

To: All Hands From: The Political Editor Re: Decision 2012 - Our Election Coverage It seems like only yesterday that... More

LAT Surveys “Parallel, Opaque System of Political Giving”

If companies don’t disclose, nobody knows

A tip of the hat to the Los Angeles Times for spending six months surveying the political spending disclosure practices... More

CJR Holds a Town Hall in Philly

Shoppers on Market Street sound off

Finding myself in Philadelphia recently, I decided to stroll along Market Street and see which of the day’s big political... More

The Guant√°namo Files

A roundup of the latest WikiLeaks dump

A cache of 759 files leaked by WikiLeaks to ten news partners—and subsequently leaked to three non-partner outlets—is the fourth... More

Michelle Malkin vs. Reality

Copying Betty White

Readers of Investor’s Business Daily were treated to an op-ed recently by columnist Michelle Malkin, who was apparently making a... More

One Year After the Spill…

…BP campaign contributions no longer “toxic”

A year, more or less, is apparently how much time had to pass after the massive BP oil spill in... More

Testing the Truth-o-Meter

PolitiFact’s editor on those fiery pants

I never thought I’d hear a grown man say he was “comfortable that ‘pants on fire’ was the right... More

Chris Hondros: How He Got that Picture

From CJR’s Covering Iraq oral history

As the world knows by now, the photographers Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington were killed on April 20 in Misurata,... More

HuffPo Strong on North Carolina Benefits Expiring

Arthur Delaney’s solid unemployment reporting

The Huffington Post’s Arthur Delaney has been doing some solid work following an important unemployment and budget story out... More

Presidential “Outburst” Much Ado About Nothing

But Obama could have offered alternative critique

The magical algorithms that rank the importance and popularity of the day’s political stories at the website Memeorandum had... 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.”

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