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Flawed Reporting On “PCP, Klansmen, Child Molesters and Terrorists”

Jack Shafer pokes holes in a recent Washington Post piece about "'scary drug'" PCP "mak[ing] a comeback," concluding: The press... More

Michelle Under The Microscope

One thing I think we need more of (fingers crossed) is reporters analyzing What Michelle Obama Is Wearing And What... More

Riding Herd

Dana Milbank reports that moments ago in the halls of the Rayburn House Office Building a scrum of reporters mistook... More

Gibson: Sports Journalism “So Difficult”

From the (New York) Daily News: ABC's World News anchor Charles Gibson at one point considered being a sports reporter.... More

mine Can Be Yours (For Free)

Per the AP, Time Inc.: is experimenting with a customized magazine that combines reader-selected sections from eight publications [Time, Sports... More

On Bedstands At NYT’s Baghdad Bureau

For anyone who ever wondered what New York Times war correspondents read in their spare time, Rod Nordland at the... More

Proofreader to the Rescue

Proofreaders and copy editors may be the unsung heroes of a newsroom, but today one ink-stained wretch is getting his... More

Which Magazines Deserve[d] To Die?

"Badly motivated" magazines are dying off, Gabriel Sherman writes, meaning publications created to capture a sudden and temporary flurry of... More

Fallows’s Advice For “Young Interviewers”

"Interviewing Tips" from James Fallows: The "let the silence stretch out" approach...can be a surprisingly valuable interviewing technique. The truth... More

Isn’t She “Pretty” In Her “Big-And-Tall-Gal Wear?”

New York magazine invited sixteen writers to, in a series of 350-ish-word pieces, ponder "the many meanings of a new... More

A Campaign Promise Kept

When I was working on my profile of Carl Malamud, the transparency advocate who is running an unconventional campaign to... More

Two Dowds (And an O’Dowd) Walk Into a Bar

Niall O'Dowd of Irish News spent "a few hours in the back of a midtown Manhattan restaurant with Maureen [Dowd]... More

Primary (Open) Sources

When it comes to The Future of News, the challenge isn't just finding models that will sustain good journalism...but finding... More

And…It Wasn’t “Greta Cameras”

Last week, when news broke that Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston had called off their engagement, the National Review's Kathryn... More

Fox & Friends On The Rhetoric Beat?

Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, sat for an interview recently with Der Speigel Online. The following exchange in that... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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