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An NFL flack’s non-answers

On the Media runs a talk-around on concussions, leading the author to extrapolate the flack’s rhetorical style to other scenarios

If you plan on going into public relations and want a primer on how to artfully not answer a reporter's... More

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In Sochi, press freedom is a question mark

It’s unclear what sort of environment journalists covering the Winter Olympics in Russia will find

In June, investigative reporter Nikolai Yarst, who works for the Public Television of Russia, was prevented by authorities from interviewing... More

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Odd men out

Burke is key to ESPN’s lineup overhaul for NBA Countdown

Like most pre-game shows, ESPN's NBA Countdown was less an acquired taste than a settled-for taste, like the restaurant you... More

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Couch reporters

The NFL is a made-for-TV-specatcle; it should be covered as such

Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, a sports-talk radio host on Sirius/XM satellite radio (and formerly half of the best and most... More

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Matt Harvey’s bad form

The injured pitcher didn’t get the memo about what transpires on The Dan Patrick Show

Wednesday, New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey appeared on the Dan Patrick Show, a national radio program simulcast on NBS... More

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ESPN-Frontline deal was destined to implode

They’re in different businesses, after all

Correction appended When ESPN teamed with Frontline to cover the NFL safety and concussions beat last year, the sports network... More

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The game has changed

As moves by Nate Silver and Pete King suggest, it’s better to be cocooned inside Big Media than go it alone—even for stars

Over the weekend, the media world was shaken by the announcement that mathematical guru Nate Silver, the dude who buried... More

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Nate Silver’s next steps

At ESPN, he’s going to build his brand into a staffed site

Nate Silver's move from The New York Times to ESPN is turning the reporter-statistician into the editor in chief of... More

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Stupidity trap

Atlanta’s ‘Mayhem in the A.M.’ were smart sports-talkers—until Monday

I live in Atlanta and have two small children, so I am up early and often in the car, schlepping... More

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ESPN’s interchangeable women

To the Bristol brass, it’s the network, not the talent, that makes the star

In recent months, ESPN has taken a distinctly Bill Belichick-ian approach to its on-air talent, in particular its female announcers.... More

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Room for two

New Yorker, Grantland go head to head on Iditarod coverage

Certainly a thousand-mile race across the vast empty expanse of the Alaskan wilderness has room for two massive, longform articles... More

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TNT’s silly experiment

NBA game with no play-by-play guy? Um, maybe not.

Late last week, TNT tried an experiment on its weekly national NBA telecast. During the second game of its doubleheader,... More

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No sweat on ESPN’s brow

Fox Sports 1 won’t be able to paint itself as the ‘fair and balanced’ alternative

Terry Bradshaw. Erin Andrews. Tim McCarver. Even Regis Philbin. All the stars in the Fox Sports galaxy gathered Tuesday afternoon... More

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Towering babble

CBS Sports fumbles Super-Bowl power failure

The true test of a team or an athlete is how they perform in a crisis, when the game goes... More

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X-treme denial

Why aren’t the player-safety concerns that dog the NFL an issue in ESPN’s X Games?

It's Super Bowl week, but the majority of talk from the pigskin chattering class revolved around football's existential nature, thanks... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Bloggingheads

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

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