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Audit Notes: Talking turkey On the Media, redistribution, housing update

Audit radio on how the press mishandles an annual Thanksgiving press report

I went on On the Media with Brooke Gladstone this weekend. We talked about the press antics that inevitably accompany... More

Churnalism Exposed

A new website identifies press release copy in the news

The Media Standards Trust (U.K.) has just launched a website—churnalism.com—that lets people compare press releases with published news articles in... More

Close Encounters of the Media Kind

NASA press release leads to wild speculation about alien discovery

Over the last two days, bloggers at a few of the country’s top news outlets have engaged in wild and... More

How to Place a Story?

Survey finds top environmental newsmakers still target traditional media

Despite disruptive changes in the media industry, which have made it more difficult to place stories and develop relationships with... More

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Microsoft’s live-action press release

Journalists hype the software giant’s new tablet

Yesterday, Microsoft got a bunch of tech journalists to go to Hollywood for what it promised would be a major... More

The AP Falls For a Bogus Press Release

No excuse for that silly mistake but points for cleaning up the mess

Henry Blodget wants to know if we're going to blast the Associated Press for falling for a hoax press release... More

The Most Amazing Corporate Press Release in History

Fisking the Yes Men’s fake GE press release

The last time the media fell for a Yes Men-affiliated hoax press release, it inspired a discussion about speed versus... More

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The persuasive power of the press release

Is printing a press release an automatic ethical lose for the Washington Post

Last week, the Washington Post eliminated a column published digitally in its science section following an article in the Knight... 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


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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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