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Embeds: The Good, The Bad, and The Accurate

From Charlie Reed of Stars and Stripes, reporters embedding with U.S. forces in Afghanistan are subject to a background profile... More

More Details on Blackwater’s Role

Should’ve flagged this much earlier: James Risen and Mark Mazzetti’s front-page story in today’s New York Times, chock-full of juicy... More

Richard Florida’s “Stimulus Map”

Atlantic correspondent Richard Florida put up a post yesterday, drawing on data collected and initially mapped by ProPublica, that purports... More

Matthews on Colbert: An Explosion of Truthiness

Without further comment, because "Matthews on Colbert" pretty much says it all. Happy Friday, everyone. The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs... More

Duck Feeding: The Key to Better Health Care

The New York Times’s Kevin Sack has a front-page story today on skittishness over health care reform among senior citizens... More

Good for him.

I'll admit that my initial reaction to the news that one-time New York Times fiction writer Jayson Blair had launched... More

Jayson Blair, Life Coach

What happens to journalists after they resign in disgrace from their journalism jobs? Where do they go, and what do... More

Filkins: “Afghan Girls Live Their Lives in Reverse”

From the New York Times Magazine "special issue" I mentioned below, a compelling piece by Dexter Filkins, "A School Bus... More

You Know It’s Late August When…

This Sunday's New York Times Magazine, a "special issue:" Saving The World's Women Actually, I've been looking forward to reading... More

Can We Hear From David Brooks on Michelle’s Shorts?

Knowing that today is a Maureen Dowd Day in the New York Times, I was hoping to learn What David... More

In Afghanistan: “We Are Going To Continue With Our Normal Reporting”

The AP on the Afghan Foreign Ministry's recent "demand" ("request?") that Afghan journalists "avoid 'broadcasting any incidence of violence' between... More

Please Be Kidding This Time, Daily Show

I have seen MSNBC's cringe-making segment called No Way! during which Donny Deutsch and Tamron Hall discuss wacky, way-out news... More

Novak’s “Empty Chair Approach”

When I hear "Robert Novak" and "empty chair," I think of that moment in 2005 when Novak cursed on-air on... More

Colleagues Remember Robert Novak

Lynn Sweet on her Chicago Sun Times colleague (headline: "Robert Novak, Chicago Sun-Times Columnist, 'Prince of Darkness' died Tuesday"): Chicago... More

Just In: “What Will Happen With Michael Jackson’s Body”

CNN had the news first, at 11:17 AM: This just in to us here in the newsroom. Michael Jackson hasn't... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

Bloggingheads

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

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