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Years the Harper’s Index has existed: 25

Happy Birthday, Harper's Index! Lewis Lapham's widely-emulated-but-never-fully-replicated index--based on the (correct) assumption that “numbers can be made to tell as... More

“You Have the Press Pass to My Heart,” and Other Journalistic Love Notes

Hey, journos! Happy Valentine's Day (Eve)! If you're in need of a date for tomorrow night--and if you have no... More

Watchdogs and Want Ads

Transparency watchers have been keeping an eye on how various versions of the stimulus bill have spelled out what the... More

The Tina Yothers of MSNBC

The Village Voice's Sound of the City blog has a fun Q&A with the delightfully watchable Willie Geist of MSNBC's... More

Change Has Come To Washington

There's a valuable new report out this week from the Project for Excellence in Journalism quantifying the shifting--and in some... More

The Twitter of the Shrew. No, Seriously.

Hey, did you hear that sound? That dull, rumbling-but-kinda-squeaky noise, echoing and mournful and punctuated with a gaping groan? If... More

Baby Got Beck

Happy Friday, everyone! So, below, Stephen Colbert takes on Glen Beck's new Fox show in a doozy of a satire... More

How did transparency fare in stimulus conference?

Although the stimulus conference committee struck a deal yesterday afternoon, there’s still no public rendering of the final agreement as... More

In Defense of Clothing Coverage

At the Washington Post columnist Jeanne McManus argues for more, non-"ham-handed" coverage of what Michelle Obama wears: I understand the... More

And from the Best of Twitter…

...to the worst. More

Get Shorties

Ah, awards season. If you're a Hollywood celebrity, February is generally a high holy month in which you: spray-tan/crash diet/consult... More

One More Science Journalism Event…

Yesterday, I wrote a short post about a few all-star science journalism events taking place this week in New York... More

Gates Reviewing Media Ban

The New York Times reports: Defense Secretary Robert Gates suggested today that he was open to allowing the media to... More

Michelle Obama Cover Coverage

Michelle Obama is on the cover of the March issue of Vogue which, of course, generates its own coverage (in... More

To Catch A War Criminal?

Brian Stelter reports in today's New York Times that an NBC News crew and a Rwandan prosecutor, as part of... More

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news


The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”

Bloggingheads

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

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