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“I Want To Know What You Think…”

Deep thoughts from last night's Daily Show on those unavoidable cable news polls -- Are health care town halls making... More

Match the Ombud to the Offense!

Three newspaper ombuds. Three recent columns. Below are excerpts from the work of the following reader representatives: Siobhan Butterworth of... More

Not Since Tucker Carlson…

... doffed his bow tie to compete* on ABC's Dancing With The Stars in 2006 (only to be declared "an... More

“Unemployed Copy Editors” to the Rescue?

On MSNBC this morning, I caught a bit of a discussion between Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough and guest Pete... More

Who Could “Spring For” Clinton’s Africa Trip

The New York Times' East Africa bureau chief, Jeffrey Gettleman, joined the traveling press accompanying Sec. of State Clinton around... More

We Heart the Vineyard

So apparently Barack Obama is going to spend a week at the end of this month in Martha's Vineyard. This... More

Old Job, New Trick

Behold, a new format for accountability journalism. More

Fallows: “I Was Wrong.”

The masterful James Fallows--an expert on McCaugheyology by virtue of researching her influence on the Clinton health care plan for... More

Naming and Shaming, Daily News Edition

Per Greg's post--and per his story on the profound challenges of correcting misinformation, which you should read right away--here's one... More

Naming and Shaming at the NYT

Brendan Nyhan, whose work on the difficulty of correcting political misinformation formed the basis of my story on that subject,... More

Twitter Must Die…Long Live Twitter

"To Live, Twitter Must Die"? Slate's Farhad Manjoo makes the case. More

In Which the Word “False” Is Used Five Times

If someone were to create a media criticism version of Family Feud*--and if, during an episode of that show, one... More

“He Was Swimming in a Butterscotch River while Angels Blew Cream-puff Kisses at His Feet”

Yet again, The Daily Show's skewering of the media coverage of the health care debate is both brilliant and spot-on:... More

Frum: “The guns are coming out. The risks are real.”

This has been, in the health care debate, The Week of the Gun. David Frum shoots back: It's not enough... More

On the Merits of Coke Classic

Robert Wright, writing over at The Daily Dish, declares his appreciation for the latimes.com redesign: I like the new online... 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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