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Here’s to a Decaf Stimulus

Yesterday, modern-day patriot and CNBC correspondent Rick Santelli shed his reporter’s hat to reveal a hat he had long been... More

87 Suburbs In Search of a City

OK, so that's just what Dorothy Parker said about Los Angeles, and it was 72, not 87. But it does... More

Fallen Brothers

The Philadelphia Inquirer has a rather evocative, somber piece about the ritual of police officers' funerals in a city plagued... More

Twittering TimesOPEN

I'm at the TimesOPEN conference today at The New York Times. In some ways, it suggests the general fusion of... More

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

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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