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If You Hold It, They Will Come

I guess the publicly-released 911 tape didn't say it all. "911 caller in Gates case to hold press conference." Well,... More

In My Spare Time? I Scrapbook, Jog, Do a Little Journalism…

Last month, Time's James Poniewozik imagined a future for journalists in the "literary-fiction/poetry model" whereby "a lucky few, best-selling creative... More

President PYT

All that "skittering away from chocolate goodies, as though... a starlet obsessing on a svelte waistline" that Maureen "Gender Twist"... More

Palin and Shatner, on the Beat

Because nothing says "Farewell, Sarah" quite like the glorious combination that is William Shatner and Allen Ginsberg... More

Gibbs: “No Formal Agenda Other Than Cold Beer”

The White House press secretary previewing the president's plans for his August Martha's Vineyard getaway? No. The White House press... More

The Space-Time Continuum Just Ruptured.

Behold, the moment has come. A cable commentator--in this case, Shep Smith--has finally managed to pronounce Sonia Sotomayor's name with... More

Health Care Reform “Not A Journalism-Friendly Story,” Part 2

Per PEJ, health care-related coverage filled one quarter of last week's newshole! Hold your applause. The fine print (emphasis mine):... More

“Sad Hillary” Coverage

Foreign Policy blogger Annie Lowrey describes "How stories about the Secretary of State end up as 'Sad Hillary' anecdrama." Writes... More

CRS sizes up the Future of Newspapers

Want to see what Congress is reading on the fate of the newspaper industry? Try Congressional Research Service report R40700:... More

Scooped by Seacrest! (TMZFail?)

Silverman... out! Ryan Seacrest, American Idol host, Twittered as much yesterday (referring to the NBC co-chairman and friend-of-Seacrest, Ben... More

The Birth Of Politico…

...as told by Glenn Greenwald, via Twitter, just now: One day, someone woke up and said: "let's create a perfect... More

What’s The Matter With NJ? NYT Asks, Answers (Kinda)

Given last week's news out of New Jersey -- that corruption scheme, per today's New York Times, "which involved three... More

Shep Smith: Newcasting is Not Complicated

The Boston Globe profiles Fox News anchor Shep Smith, who "describes himself as a newscaster," adding: “All we’re really supposed... More

Health Care Not Healthy For Ratings

Assorted people in journalism explain to Politico's Michael Calderone that health care reportage, in addition to being a challenge for... More

Today, it’s an Obama Gaffe

From Wikipedia: "A Kinsley gaffe or 'gaffe in Washington' in American politics is the term used for telling the truth... 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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