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Snowe Falling on Cedars

So, it is official: Olympia Snowe, Republican senator from the state of Maine and, of late, The Most Sucked-Up-To Woman... More

CNN: “They Have 20 to 35 to 70 Percent More Facts”

Remember when CNN fact-checked SNL? Remember all those other times CNN didn't bother with fact-checking? Last night, Jon Stewart poked... More

Lede of the Day

The lede of this AP report--found in The Washington Post--seems, somehow, an all-too-apt sign of our times, does it not?... More

Yoani Sánchez Denied Permission to Leave Cuba to Receive Cabot Prize

This summer, when Columbia's Journalism School announced this year's winners of the Maria Moors Cabot Prize--the oldest award in international... More

Hire That Commenter as a Copy-Editor!

While The Washington Post’s Saturday editorial is far from the most tendentious thing written on the already-tired topic of Barack... More

Strong Reporting on DNA Waivers from the Post

Like Jonathan Adler, I was unaware of a policy that requires some federal defendants to waive their rights to DNA... More

Glee in DeeCee

If you've been thinking, of late, that, at this decisive moment in the unfolding of our national narrative, the thing... More

Google Wave, or Combinatorial Game Theory?

So you may have heard of Google Wave, the pioneering personal communication and collaboration tool that is going to Revolutionize... More

There’s the Special-Interest Lobbying We Were Waiting For

A David Herszenhorn “Prescriptions” piece in today’s New York Times (which, oddly, I can’t find online) has some interesting things... More

Journalism, Liberalism, Elitism

I’m not going to jump directly into the fray of responses to my former professor Tom Edsall’s CJR piece about... More

Moulin Rogue

Time's resident humorist, Joel Stein, responds to the soon-to-be-released Sarah Palin autobiography with a tome of his own--Rogue Journalist: An... More

Dark Side of the Moon

So, some big news today: Our president won the Nobel Peace Prize. Also, relatedly, it is Bo Obama's birthday. Also,... More

Man on the Street: The Match Game

Gotta love the man-on-the-street story: the classic connector of readers to the thoughts and feelings of their fellow citizens. Not... More

Headline of the Day

This one comes courtesy of the good folks at Fark, who repurposed a just-the-facts-ma'am CNN headline announcing President Obama's Nobel... More

A Nation Turns Its Eyes to… Sarah Palin’s Facebook Page

It seemed peculiar the other day when Politico’s Ben Smith devoted a post on his widely-read blog to Sarah Palin’s... 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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