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Connect the dots

Today, Slate launches a new interactive feature called "News Dots," which aims to illustrate how all news stories are related... More

Listening to Legislation

In an effort to inform people about the ongoing health care debate and to make reading legalese less boring, a... More

Raking the Muck

Which of these jobs is not like the others? Here's a clue: More

School Lessons from Obama

Any minute now, President Barack Obama will address the nation's schoolchildren in a planned televised speech that caused a partisan... More

The Health Care Debate: A Resource for Journalists

Far too many Americans have no health insurance or are underinsured. And, meanwhile, far too large a percentage of America’s... More

Sex, Newspapers and Defamation, Italian-style

The New York Times picks up on the Silvio Berlusconi newspaper wars in Italy today with a follow up on... More

Whose photo is it?

This week, an interesting behind the scenes debate played out between the Associated Press, a deceased Marine's parents, and the... More

“Which Is Presented as an Essay By [Levi] Johnston…”

The Anchorage Daily News reports today on Levi Johnston's Vanity Fair piece, and goes out on a limb to suggest... More

Farewell, Kind Uncle Charlie

Charles Gibson, in a word? LA Times: ... the abrupt end of the Bob Woodruff-Elizabeth Vargas pairing that led the... More

“If Michael Jackson Hadn’t Died…”

In an online Q&A, Vanity Fair special correspondent Maureen Orth explains what might have been this summer for "The Craigslist... More

Advice for Diane Sawyer

Advice for Diane Sawyer for her inaugural outing, reportedly to take place in January, as the new anchor of ABC's... More

Ling and Lee on Their Detention in N. Korea

Current TV reporters Laura Ling and Euna Lee write, for the first time, about their reporting, capture, and detention in... More

“Free-For-All Internet Media Culture” is a Euphemism For…

..., apparently, the Washington press corps. The New York Times's Peter Baker today writes about the rumored "nuptials that never... More

Today’s Number 1 and Number 2 Headlines…

... thematically, anyway. From the Wall Street Journal: "In Paris, Behavior Brigade Battles to Make Oui-Oui a Non-Non" And, from... More

Breaking: Bernie Madoff’s Beach House Has (Ew!) “Formica Countertops”

Reporters have been given a video walk-through of Bernie Madoff's Montauk, New York beach house. And? Not so impressed. This... 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


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”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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