Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Last Update: Mon 2:50 PM EST

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Class, warfare

Paul Fussell, historian and cultural critic, died last week at 88. With his death, America lost a steady voice for... More

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Talking back to Alan Simpson

Former Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson, as followers of the entitlements debate know, is, shall we say, tart-tongued and gutsy. Or,... More

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Turning users into supporters

Building an actively involved audience ranks high on the priority list for news organizations, but as outlets around the country... More

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Welcome to the blogosphere, Mischiefs of Faction

The rise of ideologically coherent, well-disciplined political parties is probably the key fact to focus on if you want to... More

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David Simon, creator of The Wire and Treme, on the Times-Picayune cuts

It's grievous what is happening to regional newspapers, especially. But the whole industry will continue to collapse until everyone swallows... More

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The Times-Picayune cuts staff and print runs

The news hit late Wednesday night that the storied New Orleans Times-Picayune, the newspaper that served as a community rock... More

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Broadcasters sue to keep political ad buy data offline

The National Association of Broadcasters—which represents parent companies of NBC, CBS, and Fox, among others—yesterday moved to halt the Federal... More

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The Pulitzer Prize luncheon, storified

The Pulitzer Prizes were officially presented to recipients on Monday afternoon at Columbia University's Low Library rotunda. See attendee reactions... More

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A game of telephone fools the Times

The New York Times posts a nasty correction on its Sunday op-ed by William Deresiewicz, who asserted that a study... More

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What Warren Buffett sees in local newspapers

On Thursday, Warren Buffett announced he will spend $142 million to purchase 63 local and regional newspapers from the Richmond,... More

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Don’t take my traditional Internet away!

Over at Nieman Lab, Adrienne LaFrance has an interesting interview with Talking Points Memo publisher Josh Marshall about his efforts... More

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Why China ejected Melissa Chan

Is this the kind of reporting that got Al Jazeera correspondent Melissa Chan expelled from China last week? The foreign... More

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Seattle news site PubliCola is out of business

The Seattle-based political news site PubliCola is closing, despite strong readership. As founder Josh Feit describes in a post, the... More

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Poynter chat: How to mine TV stations’ political files

CJR has been writing since late last year about a proposed FCC rule that would require local TV stations to... More

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So you think you can dance?

Sarah Tressler, the Houston Chronicle society reporter who was fired in March shortly after the Houston Press exposed she also... 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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