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The Kicker

Best. Press Release. Ever.

Without any further ado: STATEMENT OF SEN. HOWELL HEFLIN HANDKERCHIEF JULY 19, 1994 I mistakenly picked up a pair of... More

Huffy HuffPo

The headline of a post on the Washington City Paper’s City Desk blog reads, “HuffPo Scolds Washingon City Paper for... More

The NYT’s “Aged News”

Seeking, perhaps, a high-profile way to appear the "good sport," the New York Times granted The Daily Show a tour... More

“I Admire [Maureen Dowd’s] Writing But…”

...not so much the stuff in today's column about President Bush. Fox News's Karl Rove on the New York Times's... More

FOIA’s New Ombudsman

The National Archives and Records Administration has just announced that Miriam Nisbet will be the first director of the Office... More

On Michelle Obama’s Westminster Abbey Outfit

From the (London) Times: While Mrs. Obama is "correct" to wear her bright colors "stacked," and the colors themselves are... More

What? You Expected Intelligent Discussion Roses?

I'm not sure why any of this is news (what Dave Letterman said about Gov. Sarah Palin; what Palin said... More

Covering Abortion

At the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, Eyal Press, who wrote a book on the 1998 murder of Dr.... More

Saberi’s Advice For Lee and Ling

"Try to turn the challenges you are facing into opportunities...No one can hurt your soul," are among the bits of... More

Lede of the Day

Via Reuters (h/t James Downie of Foreign Policy's Passport blog): A man who tore the wig off a telegenic Taiwan... More

“Finally.” (As You Were)

Coverage of American Idol almost-winner Adam Lambert coming out in the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone: Is there a lede... More

Reilly Fingers Times Co. For Guild Vote

The Boston Phoenix's Adam Reilly finds it remarkable that the New York Times Co.'s contract proposal to the Boston Newspaper... More

WaPo on “Palin’s Appearance”

Is it just us (with LipstickOnAPigGate, WardrobeGate, and all still fresh in our heads) or do you, too, think that... More

Blogger Raising Money For Somali Reporter “Targeted For Assassination”

Two years ago, freelance war reporter and warisboring blogger David Axe wrote a piece for CJR about the dangers of... More

Bronstein: In “Obama-Press Dance… We’re The Girl”

Arguing that journalists have caught the vapors over President Obama and gone faint with their coverage, Phil Bronstein attempts at... 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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