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Heffernan: The McLuhan of the Interwebs?

So Virginia Heffernan, "The Medium" columnist for The New York Times Magazine, is currently shopping a book about...the Internet. Yes.... More

“Celebrities would just be fools/ To play by little people’s rules.”

The verse of Calvin Trillin takes on a bitingly ironic cast when the Deadline Poet waxes poetic about...Roman Polanski: For... More

Two Takes on a ‘Tent City’ in Tampa

During my year in journalism school, I took an elective class in land use law—zoning, planning, variances, that sort of... More

More on The Guardian: The Twitter Effect

I wrote earlier today about the lifting of the injunction preventing The Guardian from reporting on the question that British... More

Chicken Done Right

How do you make a story about the economics of boneless chicken wings--"an improbable poultry part [that] is showing up... More

Guardian Gag Lifted

Today brings the lifting of the much-reviled injunction banning The Guardian from reporting on British parliamentary proceedings--specifically, we now know,... More

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

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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