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DePaul U. Delivers On McSweeney’s “Internet-Age Writing Syllabus?”

At McSweeney's back in April, Robert Lanham unveiled his "Internet-Age Writing Syllabus and Course Overview" for (wink, wink) "ENG 371WR:... More

WaPo Develops Visual Commenting System

Conversation on the Web can be a tricky little thing for news outlets to facilitate. At their best, stories' commenting... More

“The Strangulation of the Sri Lankan Press”

From a profile of Sri Lanka's president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, written for The (UK) Independent by a "special correspondent," "a Sri... More

Sex on Skates Newsstands

Gotta hand it to Levi Johnston: the dude has leveraged. He took a random and semi-awkward moment in the political... More

Blame Reporters, Bloggers And Readers…

Yesterday, Washington Post ombud Andrew Alexander wrote about readers' requests for "more explanatory journalism" on health care reform (and less... More

Sri Lankan Journalist Found Guilty of “Creat[ing] Communal Disharmony”

Via AP: A Sri Lankan reporter singled out by President Barack Obama as an example of persecuted journalists around the... More

NYT Mag’s $400K Story: A Cost Breakdown

Clara Jeffery at Mother Jones got the New York Times Magazine's editor, Gerald Marzorati, to break down, via email, the... More

“A First Television Job on Today Is” Like…

President Bush's daughter, Jenna (Bush) Hager, has been hired as a "special correspondent" for NBC's Today show (my money would... More

Chris Wallace, Cheney Groupie?

Andrew Sullivan's take on Chris Wallace's interview with former Vice President Dick Cheney yesterday on Fox News Sunday: Now look:... More

BBC Reports on a Row in Afghanistan

So it seems the Obama administration has some concerns about the election in Afghanistan. From the BBC*: The US special... More

Because it’s Friday: Minotaur Edition

Politico's Ben Smith passes on this Onion News Network clip, where a panel of Onion-esque experts debate whether or not... More

Journalist feels neutral-to-negative about being profiled by the military

P.J. Tobia, a writer and reporter based in Kabul, has gotten his hands on his Rendon report - the background... More

Silencing the critics - Italy’s Berlusconi sues the competition

Italian Prime Minister and media mogul, Silvio Berlusconi, is suing left-leaning newspaper, La Repubblica, along with papers in Britain and... More

A Model for Sustainable Journalism, Discovered

Matthew Yglesias is moved by one of those "only-in-Japan" stories to ponder the future of journalism: I also have the... More

Play of The Day

I see that Greg has just made the welcome and requisite point that after a long period where The New... 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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