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Mercury News “Sponsored Bills” Reporter nominated for a Goldsmith

San Jose Mercury News reporter Karen de Sa has been nominated for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, annually handed... More

NYT Photographer Moises Saman Injured in Tunisia

The New York Times's Lens blog reports that photographer Moises Saman was "mildly injured" on Tuesday in Tunisia when six... More

Beltway Reacts to Passing of Meet the Press “Butler”

Today, the Washington Post profiles Saadalla Mohamed Aly, the "perenially tuxedoed butler" (no lie!) for NBC's Sunday morning political chat... More

Andrea Mitchell Crosses the Line

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell was bummed out yesterday on her show, Andrea Mitchell Reports, when Melody Barnes, director of the White... More

State of the Union, in a Word

Last night NPR asked listeners to describe President Obama's State of the Union address "in three words," and then ran... More

NYT On The LAT’s Community Relations Problem

The front page of Monday’s New York Times business page pays a backhanded compliment to its West Coast rival with... More

Resignation Follows U.K. Phone Hacking Scandal

Andy Coulson, the communication director for British prime minister David Cameron, has resigned as a result of the ongoing “phone... More

A Suspicious Palin Moratorium

So… Dana Milbank at The Washington Post is calling for February to be a Sarah Palin-free month. Not in the... More

Head-Smacking Headline Typo

The front page of Monday’s edition: Hey, we’ve all been there. In all of my time doing copy editing, I’ve... More

OMG! Skinny Bam Bam Has Parasites (ew)

The National Enquirer, that once maligned rag whose name can now be whispered in the same sentence as “Pulitzer Prize”—though... More

Tunisia “Mesmerized” Journalists

Worth a re-read, (especially) in light of current events in Tunisia: this CJR piece from November in which Justin D.... More

Comcast Takeover of NBC Gets the Go-Ahead

The Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission announced on Tuesday that they would approve the merger of Comcast and... More

Is Oprah’s Boring-ness Contagious?

I caught the last ten minutes of CNN’s debut of Piers Morgan Tonight on Monday. Accordingly, I will refrain from... More

Vanessa M. Gezari on “Crossfire in Kandahar”: a CJR Podcast

The January/February issue cover story, "Crossfire in Kandahar," discusses the particular obstacles that journalists face when reporting in Afghanistan, even... More

Shielding Reality

Take the time on this holiday to read SF Weekly’s fascinating and troubling look from last week at Bait Car,... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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