Must-reads of the week

Down-with-smarm edition

Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and other miscellany) on the Internet, here are your can’t-miss must-reads of the past week:

On smarm — In magnificent defense of snark

Minimalism is not the cure — Pro-tip: “avoid critiquing writing with terms that could reasonably be used to describe a penis”

What we learned in the first year of Matter — And why we changed the way we work

An open letter from Carl Bernstein to Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger — Watergate scandal journalist’s letter comes as Guardian editor prepares to appear before MPs over Edward Snowden leaks

What if a women’s magazine editor edited a BBC news story about Syria?
HED: Syria (READER WON’T KNOW WHERE THAT IS) government site (WHAT SITE?) in Damascus (READER WON’T KNOW WHERE THAT IS ) hit by huge (HOW HUGE) bomb

Mother Jones urged its interns to go on food stamps because it pays so little — Do left-leaning publications practice what they preach?

RIP Peter Kaplan — Former editor of the New York Observer, dies at 59

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