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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

Celebrating the Paper Boy and By Extension - The Local Paper

Tomorrow is officially Newspaper Carrier Day, according to the Newspaper Association Managers, and the Suburban Newspaper Association is offering a... More

Non-Story of The Day

In today's non-story of the day, Politico CLICK sports the blaring headline, "Roman Polanski supporters gave $34K to Barack Obama,... More

Notes from A.Q. Khan

The Pakistani press is in a fascinating uproar about the Kerry-Lugar aid bill, which the Pakistani military contends violates Pakistan’s... More

Headline of the Day

This one comes courtesy of the meme-makers over at Politico: "SECOND LADY ENJOYS WINE, FRIES" Oh, indeed. The Ethos of... More

How to Exempt Torture From FOIA

Say what you will about the wisdom of Joe Lieberman’s attempts to get Congress to pass a special law that... More

“Marines,” Plain and Simple

Today, the big, three-column, above-the-fold statement photo on the front page of every edition of the New York Times makes... More

Do or Die for the Shield Law?

Shortly after 9:30 am tomorrow, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee will take their seats in room 226 of the... More

Building a Shrine to Tim Russert, Literally

Remember how your mother always warned you to wear clean underwear in case you're in an accident? Apparently, if you're... 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


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

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

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

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