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A Politico satire eerily like the real thing

Hats off to the very clever Roger Simon, Politico’s chief political columnist. He got me good this morning with this... More

Takeaways from Week One of the Petraeus Press Blitz

Four things we learned from the General this weekend

The latest Petraeus media blitz began Sunday with NBC’s special edition of Meet The Press from Afghanistan. It continued today... More

AP Calls It: “Name-Calling is Winner This Campaign Season”

With no precincts reporting, the AP is projecting that name-calling has won the 2010 election. From a piece headlined "Insults... More

Statistician Says Obama’s Mosque Comments Not So Risky

Nate Silver praises a Fox News poll

Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight has an interesting take on Obama’s “risky” speech on the proposed community center and mosque near... More

Social Security in the Heartland: Lonnie Judy

What Social Security means to real people

Before the year ends, the president’s fiscal commission will bring forth a plan for cutting the deficit. While commission co-chairs... More

Victory to the Wonks?

Political scientists saw Tuesday’s meme-shaking results coming

The anti-incumbency meme hit a bit of a wall yesterday, according to those who’ve often been the ones pushing it... More

Food Stamps and Health

Let’s not forget the connection between the two

It’s hardly surprising that the nation’s news media haven’t sent forth a flood of stories about how Congress has cut... More

Gibbs Gaffes Again, Tradition Continues

A look back at some choice press secretary faux pas

Robert Gibbs had clearly come down with an acute case of “being human” when he spoke to The Hill’s Sam... More

The Senator in Full

The press must fight the impulse to whitewash Ted Stevens’s record

The Associated Press confirmed this afternoon that former Alaska senator Ted Stevens has died in a plane crash in his... More

Untangling the “Influence Web” (With a Click)

For your reading and reporting tool box, an addition: an influence detector, as Poligraft is described by its creator, the... More

Palin, Handel, Huckabee, and Deal

A brief primer on the Georgia primary runoff

A quick scan of the blogosphere and you might think Sarah Palin was running against Mike Huckabee in today’s Georgia... More

Q & A: Christopher Keating, The Hartford Courant

“I would say that this year is the best political year in Connecticut in forty years.”

Long Island-born political reporter Christopher Keating has been The Hartford Courant’s capitol bureau chief since 1995. He’s never been busier... More

The Medicare Sales Job Moves Along

More media skepticism needed

In his radio message this weekend, the president focused on Medicare, trying as hard as he might to convince skeptical... More

Will the Shield Bill Become Law?

Despite WikiLeaks, reporter’s privilege has path to passage

On December 10, 2009, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to send the Free Flow of Information Act for consideration before... More

Apples and Oranges; Grizzlies and Koalas

Why the Australian election is no preview for the midterms

I’ve recently noticed a few articles hopping roo-like across the Net pushing the idea that the Australian federal election this... 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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