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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

The Rap On From Kagan

The Washington Post, having already brought us the definitive rap on Elena Kagan, today brings us a rap by Elena... More

Ineligible to work at the Washington Post?

Oh no! Politico reports that a California television station recorded audio of reporters snarkily dissecting Sarah Palin's recent speech at... More

Right To Know in India

The New York Times has an interesting summary today of the way that India's groundbreaking Right to Information law has... More

Aftergood goes after WikiLeaks

Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists, one of the nation’s foremost experts on classified documents and secrecy policy,... More

Lara Logan’s Misplaced Question

CBS reporter Lara Logan took to CNN’s Reliable Sources this weekend to criticize Michael Hastings and the article he wrote... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

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.”

Bloggingheads

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

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