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USA Today’s 30th birthday bash

The paper promises to reinvent the news businesses amid crab cakes and blue champagne

Thursday night, the Gannett Company gathered employees, friends, and family at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, to celebrate... More

USA Today’s Ham-fisted Public Workers Story

USA Today runs a poor story this morning that says its analysis finds that government workers make more in total... More

USA Today’s Mixed-Up Message

What exactly did the deficit commission do?

On Friday, USA Today reported that the president’s fiscal commission “approved a plan today to cut federal deficits by $3.9... More

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A critical eye on the ‘skills gap’

The Free Press, Star Tribune, and USA Today ask questions

There's no shortage of uncritical reporting on the notion that employers, and particularly manufacturers, can't find enough qualified workers even... More

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An eye on environmental justice

EHN series focuses on an under-covered angle on toxics

A number of media reports in last year have examined the impacts of toxic pollution on communities, but few have... More

Audit Notes: Perk Up, Core Inflation, What Passes for News

USA Today takes a long look at CEO perks, but it doesn't do a good job of prioritizing the really... More

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Audit Notes: pyramid people, Disney and ABC, no USA Today paywall

Roddy Boyd digs into a diet-shake pyramid scheme

The investigative journalist Roddy Boyd has some excellent reporting on a multilevel marketing company (read: pyramid scheme) called ViSalus: ViSalus... More

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Context-free market reporting on a post-election dive

First-term bull market goes unmentioned after a November 7 stock dip

The stock market dive the day after President Obama was re-elected, dropping 320 points, or 2.4 percent. The Drudge Report,... More

Other Views of Social Security

The MSM gives some equal time

Campaign Desk has been hard of late on some MSM outlets that have presented lopsided views of the Social Security... More

Some Helpful Guides to Election Night TV

What to read while you watch

My colleague Liz Cox Barrett previewed the big guns' plans for tonight’s coverage. But just what should you have in... More

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The media’s ‘happily ever after’

Why are women like Jennifer Aniston portrayed as sad and lonely if they aren’t married?

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. Jennifer Aniston is one of... More

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The most hated blogger in America

The secret to Chris Chase — and possibly USA Today’s — success

USA Today senior sports blog editor Chris Chase's posts, covering the lighter side of sports culture, are typical fare; aggregated... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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Questions and exercises for journalism students.