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NYT Advances Oval Office Gets New Rug, Chairs Story

The New York Times today publishes its third piece on the recent "subtle redo" of the Oval Office. There was,... More

On Palin (“Off The Record?”)

Some excerpts from Michael Joseph Gross's, er, unflattering Vanity Fair piece on Sarah Palin -- a piece that brought Politico's... More

NYT Internal Memo Addresses Anonymous Sourcing

A memo went out to New York Times staffers on Wednesday, reminding them of the hazards of anonymous sourcing. The... More

Ayn Rand: “A Greatness Stunted by Hate”

In the August 30 issue of National Review, Jason Lee Steorts has a good and thoughtful piece on "The Greatly... More

Are Disclaimers Enough for WaPo When it Comes to Kaplan?

On August 22, The Washington Post ran an editorial about the Obama administration's plans to further regulate for-profit colleges--a move... More

Reporter Gives Money to Panhandlers, Watches What They Spend

Jim Rankin, a reporter for The Toronto Star, found an interesting way to profile some of his city’s neediest citizens.... More

Gasp! The Third Edition of the OED May Never Be Printed

Logophiles, put your down your magnifying glasses! The Oxford English Dictionary will not print another edition. Because of the Internet’s... More

Can Yahoo Woo San Francisco?

Following rival AOL’s lead, Yahoo has started a hyperlocal rollout. First stop: San Francisco. Yahoo purchased online publisher (content farm)... More

Longshot Wants Your Stories (Right Away)

The Magazine Formerly Known As 48 HR (before a cease-and-desist letter from CBS made them change their name) is back!... More

HuffPo a Stripper Wearing Reading Glasses?

One of the glories of the digital age—at least for those who wish Elizabeth Taylor had have been able to... More

“Radical” Restructuring, Layoffs at USA Today

USA Today, the second-largest newspaper in the country after The Wall Street Journal, is undergoing a company-wide shift in focus... More

A Profile Written Through Tweets

File this under: Why Didn’t I Think of That? Yesterday Slate published a pretty fab profile of manic, press-averse rap... More

Knight Funds Tech Initiatives for Community-Building

The Knight Foundation’s Technology for Engagement Initiative, which will fund organizations using technology in the most creative and viable ways,... More

TBD Invites Readers to Map Metro Problems

With the new service Crowdmap, TBD is collecting information from readers about Washington D.C.’s Metro system. Commuters write in about... More

Six Steps to Build a Faux News Story

D.C.-based journo Julian Sanchez has articulated what many of us have been thinking for the last few years: that there... 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


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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