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Steele: “The Internet has been around a while, now,” and Other Musings

The new Republican National Committee Web site launched yesterday with fanfare, frequent crashes, and baffling word choice. RNC Chairman Michael... More

Calling All “Interactive Tools”…

So the American Society of Magazine Editors--the organization behind the National Magazine Awards--is expanding the NMA prize categories to include,... More

Not the ‘Obama’s Overexposed’ Story Again…

My memory of the media world isn’t long enough to know whether respected print organizations were publishing “analyses” like this... More

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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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