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Obama WANTS YOU to comment on the Open Government Directive

A request for public comment on the Obama administration’s Open Government Directive has just been published in the Federal Register.... More

Professor: “Journalists Deserve Low Pay”

Journalists should not be paid well, argues Robert G. Picard, a professor of media economics at Sweden's Jonkoping University, for... More

Be Big in Somalia

Out-of-work cartoonists: want to draw for and about Somalia, being "humorous where possible" about such things as "persistent insecurity, natural... More

Colbert on Newspapers

Stephen Colbert weighed in on future of journalism right now, taking a side in the debate over the role of... More

There’s An App For…What?

Folio reports on iPhone applications developed thus far by magazines (often "monetized" by ads or corporate sponsorships). "In February, Lucky... More

Your Local TV News (Soon With More Snuggie Ads)

The Philadelphia Inquirer's TV critic, Jonathan Storm on how "local TV broadcasters, both in Philadelphia and across the country, [are]... More

“Is Anyone Okay?” Tweeting the Quake

Two accounts of how the Orange County Register newsroom used Twitter (handle: OCReggie) during the May 17th earthquake in Southern... More

“Controversy” and Candor On Cable

Heard earlier this morning on MSNBC, accompanying the headline: "TEEN BIRTH 'SHOCKER,' YouTube pulled graphic viral ad, but it is... More

From WaPo to HuffPo

"Will P.R. pros take the baton of investigative journalism?" wonders Tim Cavanaugh at Reason, arguing that such a baton-pass wouldn't... More

Today on the Frugality Beat

Last month, the New York Times told us about people who don't really have to penny-pinch but choose to spend... More

Do You Work For A “Magazine?” (How To Tell)

Folio's Tony Silber lists the following "six key properties for what a magazine is," quoting Bob Sacks, a "publishing consultant"... More

Expert: Women Buy Bags, Men Buy Cars

Time magazine has an enticingly headlined column, "How Shoppers Make Decisions in a Recession," which turned out to be a... More

Somalia? Sri Lanka? “Good Luck” Finding Coverage

"Two recent situations show us exactly what the world will be like when there are no regular foreign correspondents left,"... More

“The Big Story Starting Off The Week…”

... says Josh Marshall (or was it Maureen Dowd's friend?): Robert Draper's GQ piece. Draper contributes all kinds of memorable... More

Because Papier-Mâché Is Always Funny

The Boston Globe lists eleven sad realities about A World Without Newspapers, courtesy of humor columnist Beth Teitell. These include:... 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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