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The Kicker

Q&A: Jeopardy-Winning Reporter Kara Spak

Forget Pulitzers. Late last month Chicago Sun-Times reporter Kara Spak nabbed a rarer prize: she won $85,401 on Jeopardy. Spak... More

Chilean Mine Coverage: Too Much is Not Enough?

The appearance of the following chyron marks the moment last night (it was 9:21 pm EST) when I ceased keeping... More

Instapaper’s Fix for Your Unhealthy Media Diet

Instapaper is an e-reading app that’s gotten a lot of press lately for the way it strips online content of... More

When The Subject of Your Story Can’t Hear, Speak, Read, Write, or Sign

A fascinating behind-the-story story: Voice of San Diego reporter Adrian Florido set out to find a family, he writes, "whose... More

A Cringe-worthy Correction

A blog post by Amanda Hess on TBD the other day included a very unfortunate typo on a story about... More

Kicking Cable News (When It’s Down Leaning)

Jon Stewart last night leaned a little on MSNBC's recently announced, high-profile "Lean Forward" promotional campaign (as well as the... More

The American Public: “A Group Worth Congress’s Time?”

From The Onion (or, is it?): Citing a desire to gain influence in Washington, the American people confirmed Friday that... More

Live From Chile: “This Media Event”

A taste, via the New York Times, of what's to come this week (emphasis mine): Such is life in Camp... More

NYT Credits WNYC and Newsday Reporters’ Tweets

From the 13th of 16 paragraphs in the New York Times piece today, "[Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Carl] Paladino Laces Speech... More

Groupon’s Style Guide to Humor Writing

Groupon is a deal-of-the-day subscription service that’s been getting attention for its power to sell anything from yoga classes to... More

We Met on the “Divorce Vertical”

Next month, The Huffington Post will launch a "divorce vertical" (that is, a section) headed up by Nora Ephron and... More

Howard Kurtz is Beast-Bound! (Twitter Reax)

Howard Kurtz is leaving the Washington Post for the Daily Beast, where he will be DC bureau chief. "GOING DIGITAL,"... More

The Separation of Church and Journalism

Last Tuesday, The New York Times ran an article headlined “Basic Religion Test Stumps Many Americans.” In the opening paragraph,... More

Parker/Spitzer: Countdown to Divorce

Confession: I probably should have been glued to CNN last night for the debut of the channel's new rom-com talking-heads... More

Life “When the Organ that Turns a Body into a Person is Damaged”

From The Washington Post's story today on traumatic brain injury, with which 180,000 military service members have been diagnosed since... 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


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.”

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

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