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Breaking BP News*

Bristol Palin is engaged, again, to Levi Johnston, according to US Weekly's cover story (and picked up, oh, here and... More

Sir Anderson Cooper?

Yesterday marked six months since a magnitude-7 earthquake struck Haiti. The AP's Jonathan M. Katz, the only full-time American news... More

Mika’s Grumpy, Meta Morning

Morning Joe host Mika Brzesinski channeled the Greek chorus this morning as she juggled MSNBC’s morning madness without usual desk... More

Counting on a World Cup Memory Hole

I’ve been enjoying the call-it-like-he-sees-it World Cup commentary of Ken Silverstein, Harper’s Washington editor. Silverstein, who once worked as a... More

“Driv[ing] Toward the News of the Day”

The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz again profiles the man half of a man-woman morning news duo --"unfailingly polite" Bill Hemmer,... More

E-readers: Quick with Apps, Slow for Brains

A new study by Web usability researcher Jakob Nielsen, meant to compare reading comprehension across various media has found that... More

A New Direction for Patch?

Patch.com, AOL’s golden child, is still expanding quickly, working hard to spend its parent company’s 50 million investment this year.... More

Picturing Kagan’s Future

We lamented the glut of coverage of the Kagan hearings in an earlier posting, so it may seem a tad... More

CNN’s Gutless Firing

I’m really disturbed by CNN’s decision to fire Octavia Nasr, a senior editor for Middle East affairs at the network,... More

Lohan Sentenced To… OMG, Her Fingernail!?!

Yesterday, the actress Lindsay Lohan was sentenced to 90 days in jail for probation violations (from a DUI conviction). Over... More

“Being Media Savvy Requires More Than Just Attention-Grabbing”?

Does it? From Mark Leibovich's profile of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), "Darrell Issa Emerges as Obama's Annoyer-in-Chief" in today's New... More

Oil Spill Touches Texas (“What’s Going Where?”)

A milestone of sorts in the BP oil spill story, as reported by the AP: More than two months after... More

One of these things is not like the others

This Morning’s Politico Playbook carries some interesting details about suitors for Newsweek. Worth a look, if that’s your bag. But... More

Dr. Parker: Obama Suffers From RTDD

Kathleen Parker, Eliot Spitzer's co-host for CNN's much-anticipated Not Crossfire show, has a Washington Post column out today with the... More

Twitter + Diplomacy = Danger: Stray Voltage!

Two State Department staff members leading a delegation of Silicon Valley executives to Syria have learned that social media and... 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


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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