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Hot Potato With A Time Bomb

Can the words "financial crisis" and "delightful" really live in the same sentence? They can when describing designer Jonathan Jarvis's... More

Searching for a home, via Chicago

Earlier this week, the staff of the Chicago Reader reposted excerpts from a 1972 FAQ-style manifesto the now venerable alt-weekly... More

Transparency Sells!

A sales sign spotted this morning on Manhattan’s Upper West Side: That would be Obama’s Executive Order 13489, which revoked... More

Micro Machines

So The New York Times's newest "Room for Debate" discussion--following on the heels of its "Battle Plans for Newspapers" collection--concerns... More

Reporter-Rodent

Michael Miner was worried he'd have nothing to tell the young, aspiring journalists at an upcoming panel discussion. After talking... More

The Record and the Star-Ledger: And Now They’re Frenemies

In some ways, it's innovative; in others, it's a tale as old as time. Former Sworn Enemies--in this case, the... More

“Bait[ing]” Sasha Obama

Having filed her official Washington Post column about her recent ride with fellow columnists (Bob Herbert, Ron Brownstein, E.J. Dionne,... More

Somali U.N. Official Calls For “Truce”…”In Reporting”

"Why is a U.N. diplomat comparing Somali reporters to Rwandan war criminals?" asks Anna Husarska, a senior policy adviser at... More

Politico Junkies: The Memo

So yesterday I posted a piece looking at the dubious PR strategies employed by Politico and so astutely analyzed in... More

NY Post In Obama-Chimp-Stimulus-Racism Flap…”

... right where the tabloid wants to be? For more on this "flap," see first here, and then here and,... More

Panhandle in Polk-Worthy Prose

Gay Talese! You just won a George Polk Award for career achievement! What will you do next? Apparently, this. More

“Media Being All Over” Bristol

Fox News squeezed a second night out of Greta Van Susteren's interview with 18-year-old Bristol Palin (mother of baby Tripp... More

Can’t Touch This

Try as they might, U.S. tabloids and cable news folks just can't sex up a chimp attack quite like the... More

Talking Back To Headlines

AP: "'Truth commission' could spark more partisanship" Me: Ya think? More

Is Your Blog Among Time’s “25 Best?”

Talkingpointsmemo tops the list. Andrew Sullivan's The Daily Dish made the cut, as did Paul Krugman's The Conscience of a... 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


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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