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NPR: “What Democrats Developed, Republicans Have Mastered”

In a report earlier this week, NPR’s Peter Overby and Andrea Seabrook took a close look at some of the... More

Who gets (and controls) the “first crack”?

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs just tweeted about a new initiative to communicate with voters without a press filter,... More

Hire Education

According to an article posted by Richard Vedder on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s blog, “there are 5,057 janitors in... More

The Dalai Lama’s Star Turn

How did the Dalai Lama prepare his mind for the task this past weekend of "guest-editing" the Toronto Star's Sunday... More

CNN Stoops to Tabloid Nonsense in Assange Interview

CNN reporter Atika Shubert sat down for an interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange this weekend, and it did not... More

The Sims: Jon Stewart Rally Edition

Wow. Taiwan’s NMA.tv is at it again, tackling the upcoming Jon Stewart rally in spectacular Sims-like animated fashion. As Mediaite... More

“My photographer just got shot, so I’m Skyping…”

It's tempting to view the below spoof video, where the staff of Dallas Fox affiliate KDFW goofs around on social... More

Greenwald Gets It on WikiLeaks Coverage

Salon media critic Glenn Greenwald hammers at a point we mentioned in our first read of the WikiLeaks coverage on... More

A Bloomberg Shaggy Dog FOIA story

Bloomberg's Bob Ivry has an update on a FOIA request lauched by his late colleague Mark Pittman. The portrayal of... More

U.S. Corporate Interest and the Chamber of Secrets

The New York Times has a front page story today about some sizable corporate donations to the U.S. Chamber of... More

What to Do When Commenters Attack?

On the occasion of the Portland Press Herald debacle (about which more here), Poynter’s Damon Kiesow has a great roundup... More

High Times

Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez had an interesting journalist-as-subject piece in that paper on Wednesday—an enviable assignment for some... More

Rent Is Too Damn High: The Website

The world met Jimmy McMillan Monday night at the New York gubernatorial debate—he of the simple message and the complex... More

AP’s Sequera Wins Prize for Chile Exclusives

Among the thousand-plus journalists who descended on Chile’s “Camp Hope” for the miners’ rescue were thirty-three journalists from the Associated... More

NPR’s Williams Mistake

In the kind of gut-reaction age in which Octavia Nasr and Rick Sanchez were given the boot for speaking... 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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