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Lapham’s Quarterly: Utne’s “Best New Publication”

Congrats to Lapham's Quarterly, Lewis Lapham's journal of history, which was awarded "Best New Publication" at the 20th Annual Utne... More

Sotomayor Has Been “Blessed”* In Many Ways…

.... but "blessed" with children is not, as far as we know, one of them. Until this morning. When Politico's... More

The Gray Lady Talks Twitter

So today is, apparently, Social Media Day at The New York Times. In addition to announcing Jennifer Preston as its... More

NYT Introduces (Explains) New “Social Media Editor”

From the internal New York Times memo introducing Jennifer Preston, the paper's "Social Media Editor" (h/t, NiemanLab): Jennifer will work... More

Matthews Sees “A Campaign”

On MSNBC Chris Matthews has been excitedly characterizing this morning's official Sonia Sotomayor Supreme Court nomination announcement as the start... More

MSNBC Quotes “Unnamed Former Clarence Thomas Clerk…”

...and so it begins, writes HuffPo's Jason Linkins in "How the Media Will Smear Sotomayor." More

An Actual WSJ Article

As a co-worker said just now: you gotta hand it to The Wall Street Journal for their dogged pursuit of... More

The Times’s Lips, Wikipedia’s Ears

The New York Times home page just announced, literally one minute ago, that Obama has chosen Sonia Sotomayor as his... More

Hoyt: On Rules and Internet Rough-Ups

In Sunday's New York Times, public editor Clark Hoyt touched on some recent situations involving some of the paper's big... More

Twelve Columns

Alexander Shaw, who spearheaded the redesign of Talking Points Memo's home page, describes the logic behind TPM's new look. More

Photo of the Day

The photo below comes courtesy of The New York Times's write-up of yesterday's so-called Dueling Speeches!™. It depicts the crowd... More

Hot Hot Heat

The day has finally come: sriracha chili sauce, that piquant Nectar of the Gods--aka Tuong Ot Sriracha (or, per its... More

“Notables” at the Chronicle

The San Francisco Chronicle has been asking some of "the local notables that make the Bay Area what it is"... More

McClatchy Fact-Checks Cheney

McClatchy—one of the few major news outlets that demonstrated skepticism about now-discredited intelligence reports during the run-up to the Iraq... More

A Story About Poor People!

Kudos to DeNeen Brown and The Washington Post for this piece in Monday's paper on the hidden costs of poverty.... 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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Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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