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Tracking the Tea Parties

Good work from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Thumbs up to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for a bright, engaging piece about the Tea Party movement in Wisconsin. The... More

Q&A: This Week Host Christiane Amanpour

The move to Sunday morning, her critics, and reporting in a new age

Christiane Amanpour has been sitting at the newly refurbished This Week desk for nearly two months now. While some reviewers... More

Going Rogue Again: “Obama’s Wars” Preview a Distraction

All eyes on the publicity machine

Bob Woodward’s latest book, Obama’s Wars, has had the kind of publicity-filled day most authors can only dream of: send... More

Kurtz Stays Silent on Peretz

Washington Post media critic avoids controversy, again

Earlier this summer, when Helen Thomas said Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine" and return to Germany, among... More

NYT on the ABC’s of 501(c)s

Why these groups are “popping up like mushrooms” this election season

Quick: what’s the difference between a 527 group and a 501(c)(5)? What can a 501(c)4 group do that a 501(c)3... More

Old Dog With New Tricks

PBS NewsHour launches new politics site

There’s been a lot of activity over at PBS NewsHour this past year. First came the jazzy makeover that saw... More

Tiles, the Issues Wheel, and the Ask America Van

Yahoo News’s hyper-interactive new midterm election site

Yahoo News’s recently launched “Ask America” site has an intro that comes at you like a Pixar rendering of Obama’s... More

Times Misfires With Ad Story, True Or Not

Front page story focuses on political maybes

You’ve probably read about the to-and-fro between the White House and the Times over today’s cover story, headlined “Obama Advisers... More

Q&A: White House E-mail Lawyer Anne Weismann

CREW issues its final report on a fading scandal

In April 2007, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington told the world that the White House had failed to... More

Q&A: Hawaii Political Reporter Dan Boylan

“It’s the most chaotic election we’ve ever had.”

Professor and political reporter Dan Boylan recently retired from teaching history at the University of Hawaii—West Oahu campus; but there’s... More

CJR Holds a Town Meeting

Not everyone knows about health reform

A year ago last August, I visited the college town of Columbia, Missouri, and did man-on-the-street interviews with small business... More

O’Donnell Wins, GOP Loses, But Where Are The Voters?

A post-primary day wrap-up

It’s the morning after the last major round of primaries and a new political star is born in “dissident,” “little-known... More

Target Corp.’s “Perfect Storm”

A political contribution spawns weeks of headlines (and a flash mob)

The big news for Target Corp. this summer might have been the unveiling, after a “decade of wooing, of its... More

A Rate Increase for James Windus

Where is the New York media?

James Windus, a New York City personal trainer, got a nasty letter a few weeks ago from his insurance carrier,... More

Sebelius Watch, Part V

The war of words with insurers continues

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has emerged as the person to watch as the Obama administration scrambles to... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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

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