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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

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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