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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

The Boy Breaking News Alert Who Cried Wolf

Dear New York Times: Do you really--really, in your heart of hearts--think that the following is an appropriate use of... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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