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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

Excrutiating (Also, Haunting)

Damon Winter's photograph on the front page of yesterday's New York Times. The scene captured-- soldier tearfully embraces family before... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


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.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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