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“Nails Never Fails”

News of baseball player-turned-business mogul Lenny “Nails” Dykstra’s troubles–he filed for bankruptcy protection in California earlier this week–may have come... More

The Short, Happy Life of the UK Walkman Kid

The Project for Excellence in journalism has, this week, a particularly telling comparison of the main stories of the past... More

“Admiral Obama dithers on the poop deck”

You will be disappointed, though probably none too surprised, to discover that the nautical metaphor at play in the above-titled... More

[Insert Sir-Mix-a-Lot Lyric Here]

It has arrived: Matt Drudge's Day of Joy! One can almost picture The Fedora-ed One squealing in delight upon featuring... More

Sotomayor and Open Courts

Noted First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams has an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal today recounting two cases he tried... More

AP, Micro Machine

Move over, micropayments; step aside, microblogging. The latest piece of journalism to be downsized is...formatting itself. Today, the AP unveiled... More

Levi Johnston, Sage of Resignation

For the past six days, the national punditocracy has shaken its head, tossed its hands, and joined together in a... More

Another One Bites the Dust…or, Maybe Not

No doubt, local papers are in trouble and some say big national papers will be the last standing. But there... More

No Mug Shots on A1 of Your Local Paper*? BuyOneAnyway…

From SlateV, a new foundation to aide ailing newspapers and the (very gaunt) people behind them: (*An update on how... More

If G8 Press Coverage Stinks…

... blame this? From Fox News's Eve Zibel, in Italy: This is [the White House press corps] area in L'Aquila.... More

Today, In Death

Two days post-MJ memorial service and so many angles still to pursue, like: ""How Will Michael Jackson's 'White' Kids Get... More

“We’ll See How Much Viewers Are Interested…” (And?)

Moments before Michael Jackson's memorial service began on Tuesday -- and with blocks of seats in the Staples Center still... More

To Live and Report in Mexico

From Charles Bowden's piece in the current Mother Jones, telling the story of Emilio Gutiérrez Soto, a Mexican reporter who... More

“Myth*”-Busting at Mediaite

The Dan Abrams Post wouldn't run this headline (or...would it?): Did Dan Abrams Contribute to the Downfall of Journalism? *See... More

Kristof Suggests “‘Student Driver’ Sign” On Some Kristof Columns

Columnist Nicholas Kristof is doing the "Talk to the [New York] Times" reader Q&A this week. One reader asks why... 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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