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The Short, Happy Life of a Twitter Link

Ever wondered how much traffic a link on Twitter garners? Fuel Interactive, based on data from BitLy, the URL shortener,... More

The American Meme, Pork Products Edition

So. Remember the Bacon Explosion™? The postmodern pork product involving bacon-wrapped sausage and bacon bits--the loglike monstrosity that, depending on... More

“Want Ads, Indeed”

So Craigslist is getting sued. Specifically, for being "the largest source of prostitution in the United States." Yep. "Craigslist has... More

Reid Hoffman: Everyone’s an Entrepreneur

Reid Hoffman, Demi-Deity of Web Entrepreneurs (he founded LinkedIn, was an executive at PayPal, directs Mozilla, Vendio, and other organizations,... More

Clarification on the White House’s CIO appointment

This morning The White House announced that Vivek Kundra will become, as the press release’s opening line put it, “the... More

Shafer Praises the NYT’s “Anti-Kristof”

At Slate, Jack Shafer writes "In Praise of Jeffrey Gettleman," the East African bureau chief for the New York Times.... More

Gray Day (No, Not The Economy!)

Looks like Zariff, President Obama's barber, had a recent press avail to address the urgent matter of All The President's... More

Vivian Schiller on NPR’s Path Forward

Vivian Schiller, NPR's CEO, talked with CyberJournalist.net earlier this week, discussing everything from endowments to potential radio/newspaper partnerships to APIs... More

Are All (Crushes On) First Ladies Alike?

As Megan just noted, CNN's Jack Cafferty has written a column confessing to being "smitten" with Michelle Obama. I can't... More

It Is the East Room, and Michelle-O Is the Sun

So someone has a crush on the First Lady. Like, a big one. And--hold onto your worldview, folks--that someone is...Jack... More

Movie Star! (Misery)

"Matt Damon Moved by Plight of Zimbabwean Refugees," the AP reports today (proving once again that a humanitarian crisis in... More

Happy Grammar Day!

It’s a big week for geeks. Yesterday, the IT guy just told me, was square root day. On 3/3/09, the... More

Suck-Ups, Hook-Ups

In a piece titled "How media sucks up to White House," Politico's Michael Calderone writes about the recent flurry of... More

On The Shoulders of a “Has-Been*”

In an TVNewser http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/generalities/male_to_the_chief_where_are_tvs_women_chief_white_house_correspondents_109869.asp">article pointing out that currently "all the major TV nets and cablers - ABC, CBS, NBC/MSNBC, CNN,... More

Fox & Friends Spreads Herpes-Beer Pong Hoax

Perhaps you watched your friends at Fox & Friends a few weeks ago playing beer pong above the chyron: "Practice... 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


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

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.”

Bloggingheads

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

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