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Anniston Star’s Bad Wrap (Might Mug Shots Save Journalism?)

The front page of last Monday's issue of The Anniston (Alabama) Star was particularly, um, arresting. Have a look: Ten... More

Talking Point$ Memo

TPM is getting its first outside funding: an injection of between $500,000 and $1 million that comes courtesy of ur-entrepreneur... More

Palin’s Hidden Emails

There’s still considerable interest in Sarah Palin’s foreshortened term as Governor of Alaska, interest that will certainly increase should she... More

Mediaite Launches (Loads…)

Maybe this --Michael Calderone's description of Mediate.com Mediaite.com, the media-centric site founded by Dan Abrams and launched today -- helps... More

Gibbs: “I Seem to Have Forgotten My Amex”

Guess what came up at today's White House press briefing? Here's a clue: "Was anyone from the White House invited... More

The Tweetest Taboo

So the powers that tweet--Biz Stone, Ev Williams, et al--have applied to trademark one of their contributions to mass culture.... More

Washington Post All Access Fire Sale!

So what are we calling this thing, FlierGate? WhineAndDineGate? SpiritedYesConfrontationalNoGate? Regardless, behold the affair's inevitable--and quite funny--parody: More

More on WaPo Salon Deal

Andy Alexander, ombudsman for the Post, has now weighed in on the “salon” scandal. His post provides some news about... More

Brauchli On WaPo Salons

In the wake of Mike Allen’s story in Politico this morning about The Washington Post advertising “salons” at which deep-pocketed... More

The Long and Winding Rohde

On a day of flurries, some happier news: kidnapped New York Times reporter has had his homecoming at the Times... More

“Our Independence from Advertisers or Sponsors Is Inviolable”

Michael Calderone has the indignant-toned memo WaPo executive editor Marcus Brauchli issued to the paper's staff earlier today in response... More

“That Turns Out to be Pretty Close to the Truth”

MSNBC viewers have suffered no shortage of discussion of Todd Purdum's anonymous source-heavy Vanity Fair article exploring "the pheromonal reality"... More

Senior Moment

The topic for tonight's opening segment on MSNBC's Hardball was Todd Purdum's Vanity Fair article on Sarah Palin, a story... More

Jackson Coverage: Too Much? Not Enough (About “Exercise Regimen”)?

Sixty-four percent of people polled for a Pew News Interest Index survey said there has been "too much" press coverage... More

Thomas: “Pattern of Controlling The Press”

Helen Thomas, a White House briefing room vet and Hearst News Service columnist, to White House press secretary Robert Gibbs... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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