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“Curtains for Specter”

A selection of front pages this morning from Pennsylvania newspapers: More

In PA: Voter Turnout Low, Reporter Turnout High

From The Delaware County [PA] Daily Times: There seemed to be more reporters out and about in Delaware County [PA]... More

“Journalists as Targets” in Russia

From Clifford J. Levy's grim report, "Russian Journalists, Fighting Graft, Pay in Blood," on the front page of today's New... More

Neither Taylor Momsen Nor David Carr Wrote This Headline

David Carr's Media Equation column in today's New York Times discusses the death of the witty headline and explores the... More

Bread and Circuses—and Beer

With primary elections set tomorrow in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Arkansas, today’s NYT offers looks at each of the races. Perhaps... More

Crystal Balling Kagan

Question to the panel from Norah O'Donnell, standing in for Chris Matthews on yesterday's Chris Matthews Show: Bottom line, would... More

Opening the Presidential Records Act

We’ve just published a piece discussing how the Presidential Records Act contours access to documents that Supreme Court Elena Kagan... More

A Pride of Lions, a Flock of Geese, a Herd of… Electronic Bonds?

Matt Taibbi, in his 2005 evisceration of Tom Friedman’s writing style, said: The usual ratio of Friedman criticism is 2:1,... More

Disappearing Chyron

With the news this morning of Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court, cable news got to work familiarizing viewers... More

Beefing Up Coverage, MSNBC-Style

So many government agencies; so little press coverage. Who's watching the Department of Agriculture? The Administration on Aging? The Bureau... More

NPR goes Gaga

OK! Internets, are you ready to take this viral? What's "this," you ask? Well, of course, it's video of National... More

Poli-Sci Perspectives on Covering the Midterms

I have a short article in the May/June issue of CJR (not currently online) about the sometimes fraught relationship between... More

Schudson on The Fate of Journalism

CJR contributing editor Scott Sherman has a thoughtful interview with Michael Schudson up at The Common Review. Schudson, as you... More

CBS And CNN?

NY Mag's Gabriel Sherman reports that CNN and CBS News are "in advanced negotiations about signing a news-gathering partnership." Writes... More

Unproductive Outrage

This morning's Politico Playbook has some advance excerpts from Jonathan Alter's The Promise, our next big Obamabook. Here's one: When... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

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

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