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Bollinger and Lemann, Unplugged, on ‘Uninhibited, Robust and Wide-Open’

Columbia Journalism School dean and a distant overseer of CJR, Nicholas Lemann, interviewed Columbia University President and First Amendment scholar,... More

WikiLeaks Releases Video Showing Death of Reuters Staff

This morning at an event at the National Press Club, WikiLeaks screened a video depicting a missile strike on a... More

Coming Out as a Journalist in Iraq

Rod Nordland has an interesting Week in Review piece in Sunday's NYT exploring the surprising results in the Iraq elections... More

‘The Tragedy Is That Elmer Only Wanted Dramatic Roles’

After David Mills, the former journalist and Emmy-winning screenwriter, died earlier this week, HBO distributed a lengthy obituary penned by... More

The Man and the Machine, On a Cover Near You

With today being Official iPad Review Day, might as well take a moment to see how the newsweeklies are positioning... More

Congress Not Popular in ‘08, Either

In his column today in The Washington Post, David Broder laments the sunken state of Capitol Hill. Despite the passage... More

LAT: Journalists Targeted in Honduras

The Los Angeles Times reports on some distressing news from Central America: Nine months after a military-led coup plunged Honduras... More

Knoller Knows, Part II

This morning Mark Knoller, CBS Radio's longstanding White House correspondent, has a well deserved profile in the Wall Street Journal... More

A Nascent Press in North Korea?

The front page of today’s New York Times features a fascinating story about new efforts to get information out of... More

Because It’s Friday…

At Time's "Swampland" blog, Karen Tumulty shares a classic Monty Python skit which, as she says, "is a perfect encapsulation... More

Russian Honeypot

Micheal Idov of The Daily Beast has an alternately funny and chilling--but really, mostly chilling--tale of how several men who've... More

Congressional Transparency Caucus Launched

Today Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) launched a new bipartisan Congressional Transparency caucus. Quigley's office has a seven... More

MoJo on Waste in Military Contracts

In a story today for Mother Jones, Adam Weinstein spotlights what sounds like a deficit reduction opportunity: It was just... More

The Clergy Abuse Story Comes Back to the U.S.

Talk about uncanny timing. Yesterday, ProPublica’s new reporter-blogger, Marian Wang, interviewed Walter Robinson, the former Boston Globe investigative journalist who... More

More on Polarization, and on Knowing Where to Look

My Campaign Desk item earlier today took issue with Tom Friedman’s argument that gerrymandered legislative districts are driving polarization in... More

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

Chris Hondros: How He Got that Picture - From CJR’s Covering Iraq oral history

Beware journo-speak - Only journalists would call a tragedy a “mishap”

Will feminist writers save Playboy? - As Playboy’s safe-for-work site has passed the one-month mark, a look at the online media’s bedazzled reactions, and how the new image suits the old brand


Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

Newspapers prefer lesbians (Bloomberg)

In five states that just got gay marriage, the vast majority of local papers covered it with photos of women getting hitched

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

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