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Murdoch vs. Muto

Let me get this straight: Even as Rupert Murdoch’s media empire remains under official scrutiny for an allegedly extensive phone-hacking... More

ProPublica is fundraising with journo tees

Love journalism enough to wear it? ProPublica is currently running a fundraising campaign on Selfless Tee, a San Francisco-based company... More

Katie Roiphe’s Click Bait Win is a Discourse Fail

Among the clusters of folks I follow on Twitter—media critics, yoga bloggers, friends—the group that’s consistently most entertaining is the... More

Super PACs at the State Level: A Different Story

Spending by super PACs and other independent groups in 2012 federal races is readily available at websites like OpenSecrets.org and... More

NYT Gives a (Very Reluctant) Kudos to Al Jazeera

And the award for coverage of the Haitian cholera epidemic goes to . . . No, not The New York... More

A Belated Hat-Tip to the Herald’s Trayvon Tick-Tock

I contributed the portion of our roundup of Trayvon Martin coverage that focused on what had been reported about the... More

How to (B)roil a Celebrity

After The New York Times ran a story earlier this month about cookbook ghostwriters, some celebrities whose books were featured... More

Paley Center presents: “The Next Big Thing in Digital News Innovation”

This morning, The Paley Center for Media hosted a forum called “The Next Big Thing in Digital News Innovation,” with... More

GlobalPost’s Charles Sennott: a progress report

GlobalPost’s vice president, Charles Sennott, stopped by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism yesterday to talk to journalism students. Sennott,... More

Flashback: Super Tuesday 2008 (Vote-zilla!!!)

Today is Super Tuesday! Or, "'pretty good' Tuesday," as MSNBC's delegate math whiz Chuck Todd put it in a wistful... More

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And that’s the way it was: February 27, 1860

Having lost Illinois's election for the US senate in 1858, Abraham Lincoln was a longshot for the presidency in 1860.... More

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And that’s the way it was: February 26, 1909

On February 26, 1909, 21 short films were shown at the Palace Theatre in London. It was the general public's... More

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And that’s the way it was: February 21, 1925

On February 21, 1925, The New Yorker debuted. It was founded by Harold Ross, one of the original members of... More

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And that’s the way it was: February 20, 1943

In his 1941 State of the Union address, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt enumerated four essential human freedoms: freedom of speech,... More

Anthony Shadid: What He Knew

The foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid of The New York Times, has died of an apparent asthma attack while covering the... 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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Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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