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A Risky Time for Rep. Rangel?

Times, Politico differ on whether longtime pol is in peril

There's a pair of dueling articles out today about the political fortunes of Charlie Rangel, one in Politico and the... More

Those Who Play Spray Together…

What do you get when you bring together a water slide, Wolf Blitzer (among other journalists), water guns, and Rahmbo... More

Ending “Lame” Data

Aneesh Chopra gives an update on the Open Government Directive

This morning, Aneesh Chopra, who as the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer was charged with the development of the Obama... More

USAT vs. the Job-Training Myth

USA Today does good work on the unemployment beat, looking at the promise of job training—and the disappointment that often... More

A Conversation with KQED’s Sarah Varney

How do you keep a story fresh?

Now that the great health care reform effort is over—or just beginning, depending on your point of view—the media face... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Who’s Unemployed, What’s Obama Saying, Where’s Washingtonpost.com’s Congress News?

The long-term unemployment scene just keeps getting worse, and The Wall Street Journal is good to highlight the problem: The... More

Ellsberg and Assange

America’s most famous leaker meets a WikiLeaks founder

It was a meeting across generations and technology. Daniel Ellsberg, who made his name nearly forty years ago by providing... More

WaPo Crunches Leadership PAC Numbers

The Washington Post shines a light on an increasingly important fixture in Washington’s money and politics scene, the leadership PAC.... More

With Graduation Series, NPR’s Anecdotes Tell Only Part of the Story

NPR is marking graduation season with a series on recent grads and “the frustrations and fears they face as they... More

Another Take on the Times’s Memphis Piece

And the Social Security connection

The New York Times’s excellent piece Sunday—already praised by our Holly Yeager—ended with an unsettling conclusion: Blacks in Memphis are... More

Audit D.C. Notes: WaPo on the Debt Dilemma, CAP Previews the FinReg Conference, Rachman on Happy Warriors, Etc.

The Washington Post does well today with a nice plain-English look at a contemporary conundrum: The U.S. government debt is... More

Sequestered in Memphis

The NYT does strong reporting on blacks’ vanishing gains

The New York Times continues its excellent series on The New Poor with a look at Memphis, and the socioeconomic... More

Meet the “Shadow Congress”

TPM's Zachary Roth (formerly of CJR) and Justin Elliott have put together an interactive map of the "Shadow Congress," the... More

What Congress Giveth, It Also Taketh Away

Farewell, COBRA extensions?

Much of the health news coverage of late has tracked the topics that administration officials, notably HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius,... More

The Times Takes a Timely Look at Migration

The New York Times has a fascinating look at an angle of the immigration story that often goes unnoticed: international... 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”

Bloggingheads

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

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