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William Safire, 1929-2009

Today brings sad news: William Safire has passed away at 79, of pancreatic cancer. Currently leading the Web site of... More

Lofty Living, On the Cheap

Dear New York Times Home & Garden section: I like you. I do. But why do you insist on wasting... More

The Five W’s, Google, and You

In an attempt to find out the name for the trend (especially in the tech world: twitter, flickr, I'm talking... More

Speaking of Ahmadinejad … And Running Out Of Things To Say

With air time to fill as they awaited a press conference from President Barack Obama about a secret nuclear facility... More

More on Coupons and Credibility

So the people behind the media usage and credibility survey we mentioned earlier today were kind enough to write back... More

Ahmadinejad Gets His Morning News Bulletin

Time magazine Managing Editor Richard Stengel got to break the news to Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmedinejad this morning that President... More

Painting a Pretty Picture of Sewage

Maira Kalman has a new illustrated (and reported!) blog on the New York Times Web site today, extolling the virtues... More

Survey Says … In Penny-Savers We Trust

A new survey measuring media usage finds that Americans, or at least the 1,000 surveyed, are increasingly getting their news... More

Starr Testimony to the JEC

Yesterday, the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, under the chairmanship of Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), held a hearing about the future... More

Of Headlines and (Oven) Feet

So, strictly speaking, the following is not the best of headlines. It's unclear; it's rather absurd; and, ultimately, it begs... More

Gettin’ Piggy with It: Anderson Cooper Edition

Hot on the heels of the news about Sanjay Gupta's brush with swine flu...we learn that Gupta may well be... More

You Mean Not Everybody Watches Cable News?

As Ali notes below, for all the dust he’s kicked up lately, Glenn Beck still isn’t really a household name.... More

Glenn Beck; PoMoCon

Statistical wunderkind Nate Silver has the over/under on Glenn Beck's popularity on his site, Fivethirtyeight.com. Silver digs up and analyzes... More

Total Ellipse of the Heart…

Do you have a soft spot in your heart for the semicolon? Do you harbor passionate feelings about the proper... More

Congressional Hearing: Newspapers and “the Impact on the Economy and Democracy”

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Chair of the Joint Economic Committee, is currently convening a hearing: “The Future of Newspapers: The... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

Bloggingheads

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

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