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“Snapshots of a Time Before War”

"I was greeted by snapshots when I first entered Iraq in 2003," writes the New York Times's Marc Santora at... More

“Gut Feeling” Guides Pay-for-Play at Gawker

How does Gawker decide whether (and how much) to pay for a story, wondered Simon Owens over at TNW? Writes... More

Lauer’s “Tone” Landed Bush

Last week, Gary "Baba Booey" Dell'Abate and Buddy "The Cake Boss" Valastro talked about their new books (They Call Me... More

The News That Wasn’t

Fans of the late William Safire know that before he was a the New York Times Magazine “On Language” columnist,... More

Olbermann Isn’t Alone

Countdown host Keith Olbermann has just been indefinitely suspended for donating money to three Democratic campaigns, and thereby violating MSNBC... More

BBC Journalists’ Strike is On

Our colleagues across the pond have initiated a two-day strike over pension benefits, the AP reports. Some radio and TV... More

Plagiarists’ Favors

Today, numerous outlets reported on an episode of the print vs. online media saga in which a proud member of... More

Pic Is Worth 140 Characters in Palin vs. Politico

Sarah Palin has always had beef with the “lamestream media,” but she started getting more specific about that beef... More

Hey Bernanke, Say It Again…in English

When Slate’s Jeremy Singer-Vine debuted the “Plain English” tool on Slate Labs, I was curious to see how people would... More

Tracking Tea Party Sentiment Among Pundits

The Sam Adams Institute, benefactors of Houston based investigative startup "Texas Watchdog", has produced a handy chart tracking the evolving... More

A Gift On Bloggingheads.tv’s Birthday

To mark its fifth anniversary, pundits-on-webcams site Bloggingheads.tv has put out a number of highlights videos. Our favorite is this... More

Morning-After Headlines: Shift, Surge, Stampede

So many ways to say it. A sampling of newspaper front pages from around the country this morning. In Nevada,... More

Whiz. Bang. It’s Election Night

The Associated Press reports today that "after losing viewers to cable news networks on recent election nights, television's biggest broadcasters... More

Election Night Bingo

As my colleague Greg Marx has pointed out in the past, political science can get short shrift in political journalism.... More

Midterms Metaphor Madness

This week’s elections have headline writers reaching for just the right metaphors to characterize the coming Republican gain. For inspiration,... 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”

Bloggingheads

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

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