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Critical Eye

Pretty Pictures, Hard Times

A look back at the illustrated magazines of the 1840s

Art for the Middle Classes: America's Illustrated Magazines of the 1840s by Cynthia Lee Patterson | University Press of Mississippi... More

The News from Norway

A comprehensive look at the history of the Norwegian American press

Norwegian Newspapers in America: Connecting Norway and the New Land by Odd S. Lovoll | MHS Press | 432 pages,... More

Playing Around

Ian Bogost and colleagues address the advantages and challenges of newsgames

Newsgames: Journalism at Play | By Ian Bogost, Simon Ferrari, and Bobby Schweizer | The MIT Press | 208 pages,... More

Copy Cat

Marcus Boon turns the culture of copying on its head

In Praise of Copying | By Marcus Boon | Harvard University Press | 304 pages, $25.95 In the mythology section... More

Number Cruncher

A new biography vindicates a forgotten innovator

The Man Who Invented the Computer: The Biography of John Atanasoff, Digital Pioneer | By Jane Smiley | Doubleday |... More

Waiting for Substance

A high-profile documentary shortchanges the education debate

I sobbed alongside my graduate students as we watched the ending of Waiting for Superman, the heat-seeking documentary that has... More

Hope Deferred

Will Obama save American liberalism—or bury it?

The Mendacity of Hope: Barack Obama and the Betrayal of American Liberalism | By Roger Hodge | Harper | 272... More

You Don’t Know Jack

An epochal slap-down and the birth of modern media culture

Poisoning The Press: Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson, and the Rise of Washington Scandal Culture | By Mark Feldstein | Farrar,... More

Not Dead Yet

Inside The Washington Post’s struggle to save itself

Morning Miracle: Inside The Washington Post | By Dave Kindred | Doubleday | 288 pages, $26.95 Back in the 1970s,... More

Universal Blues

James Baldwin’s prose still speaks volumes about race, class, and America

The Cross of Redemption: Uncollected Writings | By James Baldwin | Pantheon Books | 320 pages, $26.95 To introduce The... More

The Write Stuff

Has Yahoo created an AP stylebook for the digital age?

The Yahoo Style Guide: The Ultimate Sourcebook for Writing, Editing, and Creating Content for the Digital World | St. Martin’s... More

Hot Zone

A portrait of Pakistan’s volatile frontier

The Most Dangerous Place: Pakistan’s Lawless Frontier | By Imtiaz Gul | Viking | 320 pages, $26.95 Lawless. The word... More

Celluloid Heroes

A champion jazz critic turns to the silver screen

Warning Shadows: Home Alone with Classic Cinema | By Gary Giddins | W.W. Norton & Company | 416 pages, $18.95... More

House of Games

A spirited defense of the “digital dollhouse”

Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter | By Tom Bissell | Pantheon | 240 pages, $22.95 Tom Bissell may be... More

Behind Bars

Roxana Saberi talks about her Iranian captivity

Roxana Saberi was an American freelance reporter living and working in Tehran when she was arrested by Iranian authorities in... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

Bloggingheads

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

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