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Touring Gitmo (“Rules Inconvenience Reporters”)

From the New York Times's Jeremy W. Peters, who recently took a "media tour" of Guantánamo Bay: Several times a... More

Lack of Diversity at the NYTBR?

Media watchdog FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) has published a report titled “Who Gets to Review and Be... More

News Broker/Newsbreaker Larry Garrison’s Next Get?

Among the 177 (and counting) mentions on cable news over the past two days of The World's Most Famous Ex-Flight... More

Investigation: Town Cars Idle Outside Condé Nast Building

For an investigation of MTA buses and livery cabs idling in violation of New York City law (there is a... More

Untangling the “Influence Web” (With a Click)

For your reading and reporting tool box, an addition: an influence detector, as Poligraft is described by its creator, the... More

Saint Wolf shines in The Baltimore Sun

It took us a while to pick up on this tasty little story on CNN’s Wolf Isaac Blitzer, by Baltimore... More

Boston Globe Damning CNN With Faint Praise?

The Boston Globe has an editorial today (via Romo) headlined, "Back off, critics-- TV news benefits from fresher voices," addressing... More

Reporting on the “Almost Irrelevant”

Here's Politico's John Harris, during a roundtable on yesterday's This Week (with "globe-trotter Fancy-Pants" Christiane Amanpour), chiming in on the... More

Mag du jour

It’s better than staff cuts, we guess… News came yesterday that Condé Nast is launching a new division, Condé Nast... More

Wolff mauls CNN

There’s been a lot of CNN-bashing going on lately, some lamentations, and even the odd defense. Now comes Michael Wolff’s... More

Time’s Aisha back in the frame

We didn’t chime in on last week’s controversial Time cover showing eighteen-year-old Afghan girl, Aisha, whose nose and ears had... More

Will Haiti Be “At the Mercy of a Mediagenic Person?”

The New York Times reports today on "Haitian-American hip-hop artist" Wyclef Jean's plans to run for president of Haiti: Revealingly,... More

Harman’s Hopes for Newsweek

Newsweek has posted a video of their new owner Sidney Harman’s speech to the staff on Monday. The complete video... More

People, US, Levi, and “Lies”

People trumped US Weekly this week, scoring a Levi-Bristol split headline some three weeks after US’s Levi-Bristol-back-together cover story. In... More

“Anchor Babies” is Not

... a new show on Nickelodeon starring baby BriWi and pals (per last night's Daily Show): If only. Who are... 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


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’”

In the digital sphere, ‘magazine’ = money (Digiday)

“A single page in a glossy magazine could be discounted by more than half its open rate and still get an effective CPM of about $70. Online display ad CPMs average under $3”

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