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A win against Cheney secrecy

Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington has notched another win in its battle to preserve and expand the reach... More

Obama Administration Opposing Shield Law

Disappointing news today from the New York Times’s Charlie Savage: The Obama administration has told lawmakers that it opposes legislation... More

India and Pakistan, Best of Buddies

The New York Times’s long, deeply-reported front-page story on the continuing strength of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistan-based militant group responsible for... More

David Brooks’s Afghanistan Straw Man

In a Campaign Desk piece today, I talk about the reflexive hawkishness of various big-deal think tanks and op-ed columnists... More

FOIA Hearing Underway

Senator Patrick Leahy has just kicked off a hearing on the status of the Freedom of Information Act, which is... More

Classification policy draft leaked

Secrecy watcher Steven Aftergood has obtained a draft version of the Obama administration’s new executive order tinkering with the nation’s... More

One Possible Contestant for the Post

There’s a lot to say about the Washington Post’s just announced contest, “America’s Next Great Pundit.” The set-up is pretty... More

“Get off Their Asses and Get Back to Talking to Real People”

Over at The Huffington Post, Jason Linkins turns in a fantastic Q&A with Dale Maharidge, the Pulitzer-winning journalist, author, and... More

Talese: “The Magazine Piece Is Not a Work of Art Anymore”

Leave it to Gay Talese to find a new angle on an old story. In a video for the Big... More

“I meant what I said and I said what I meant.”

I’m sorry I missed this the first time around, but Chris Cato, a reporter for Channel 7, a CBS affiliate... More

“So, Keep Your Guns, and Buy More Guns…”

Think Progress's Lee Fang offers a disturbing cautionary tale: a distillation of the frayed edges of the ridiculous rhetoric that... More

Poll Lancing

So you may have heard, today, about the existence of troubling poll previously making its way around Facebook--one that asked,... More

Green Rankings a Means, Not an End For Journalists

Are you invested in a dirty company? If you work for the state of New York and plan to draw... More

Berlusconi and Press Freedom, Petition Edition

La Repubblica, Italy's second-largest newspaper, was sued for defamation earlier this summer by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for repeatedly... More

CBS goes GlobalPost-al

GlobalPost and CBS plan to make beautiful news together, according to this story by David Carr in today's New York... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

Bloggingheads

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

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