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A future without 'Graham Grams'

When my wife and I were young parents in the late 1970s and I was working as a Metro reporter at The Washington Post covering Prince George's County and Maryland politics, we had a favorite saying we would utter whenever we bought new shoes and clothes for our two gradeschool kids: "Thank you, Mrs. Graham." As the years and decades...

What Washington Post’s new publisher told newsroom staffers today

Here’s what the Washington Post new publisher, Fred Ryan, told the newsroom today, according to media blogger Erik Wemple’s tweets: Ryan tells staff he’ll be a “backer” of the newsroom Says change in news consumption is due to accelerate Challenge, says Ryan, is to embrace change, “lead” it Ryan says a key for Wapo is … Read More

The Boston Globe launches Crux to draw a global, Catholic audience

The religion of journalism has always found believers in Boston. The same goes for Catholicism. No small wonder, then, why the flagship Boston Globe intends to practice the former creed to examine the latter, an ambitious attempt to attract readers outside of city limits. Show More Summary

Behind the Scenes: Jim Parsons Poses for Adweek's Cover [Video]

Right now, most TV actors wish they were Jim Parsons, and for good reason. He just won his fourth Emmy Award for best comedic actor for his role as Sheldon on CBS's The Big Bang Theory. But America's favorite nerd isn't just witty punch lines and jokes, as we saw with his dramatic performance in the HBO's The Normal Heart. Show More Summary

Baltimore Sun won’t say what it paid for a Horseshoe Casino fight video; update: $50

I’ve asked Sun editor Trif Alatzas why the paper won’t tell readers how much it paid Kevin Forrest for his short video. | Update: I’m told by someone else that the Sun paid $50 for the video. Fight breaks out in Horseshoe Casino food court (baltimoresun.com) Here’s Kevin Forrest’s longer fight video on … Read More

Emily Bazelon leaves Slate for New York Times Magazine

New York Times press release: EMILY BAZELON JOINS THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE The New York Times announced today that Emily Bazelon is joining The New York Times Magazine as a staff writer. Ms. Bazelon comes to The Times from Slate where she has been a senior editor since 2005. Her hire is another in … Read More

‘The Post will be in excellent hands,’ says departing publisher Katharine Weymouth

Washington Post publisher’s farewell note to staff: From: Weymouth, Katharine Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2014 9:00 AM Subject: Announcement All – The greatest honor of my life has been serving as publisher of The Post these past seven years, working with all of you. Now, after 17 years at this great institution, it is time … Read More

Morning Report for September 2, 2014

Katharine Weymouth (left) is stepping down as Washington Post publisher. Fred Ryan, a former Reagan administration official who helped launch Politico, will succeed her. (washingtonpost.com) Some publications – Forbes, for example – have more contributors than paid staff. “That’s a gamble.” (cjr.org) Meet David Muir, the new anchor of ABC World News … Read More

How to build an audience

The Marketplace of Attention: How Audiences Take Shape in a Digital Age By James G. Webster The MIT Press 280 pages; $29.95 ome Facebook users were outraged this summer when they learned that the world’s biggest social network had, during a week in 2012, manipulated their emotions by tweaking its News Feed algorithm. Researchers showed some users mostly upbeat...

The Tea Party is timeless

For the ages For Hofstadter, pictured here in 1946, anti-intellectualism was an unavoidable part of a democratic society. (Erich Hartmann / Magnum Photos) nti-Intellectualism in American Life doesn’t seem like a catchy title, but, more...Show More Summary

When late-night went political

On location The Dick Cavett Show broadcasts from the Senate Watergate Committee hearing room on Aug. 1, 1973. (Daphne Productions) ick Cavett isn’t the first hardnosed reporter who comes to mind when we think of the Watergate scandal. Probably because he wasn’t so much a capital-J journalist as a cornball-yet-erudite talk-show host. Still, over a two-year stretch he grilled...

Do you know Elise Andrew?

(Agata Nowicka) n retrospect, I could easily have ignored the picture that appeared on my Facebook feed on a lazy Sunday two years ago, labeled simply “Sand under a 250x magnification.” Cheesy, I thought, glancing at the post, not noticing until my nose grazed the monitor that I’d leaned in closer to look. The grains looked like tiny manmade...

Gun Crisis Reporting Project uncovers despair

Wounded Family members of a gunshot victim on February 14 in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia. (Joseph Kaczmarek) t’s just before midnight on a warm summer monday when photographer Joe “Kaz” Kaczmarek gets word of a double shooting on the 6500 block of Castor Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia. In less than 30 minutes he arrives on the scene, where...

What science can tell sportswriters about why we love sports

Freaks! Studies show that self-esteem of sports fans, like these watching the World Cup final, is bound up in their team's performance. (Susan Meiselas / Magnum Photos) his summer was tumultuous for the mood of nations, as you may have read in the sports section. In Argentina, Reuters reported, a “weary nation” was able to find “rare joy” in...

Letters to the editor

Brick by Bezos Which Bezos? Commenting on your article about Jeff Bezos taking over The Washington Post (“Brick by brick,” July/August 2014”), I have no doubt that the Post will NOT be controlled by a so-called literature-loving, charming billionaire. Show More Summary

Can news literacy grow up?

Pioneers Stony Brook's Howard Schneider, seen here with Christiane Amanpour, developed the first news-literacy course after realizing how confused and misinformed students were about journalism and its role in society. (Wasim Ahmad / Stony Brook) This piece was funded by the Robert R. Show More Summary

Carol J. Loomis reflects on 60 years at Fortune

(Credit: Fortune) arol J. Loomis retired in July after 60 years at Fortune, where she became, indisputably, a giant of business journalism. Along the way, she blazed a trail for women journalists, felled CEOs, and became close friends with a little-known Omaha investor named Buffett. Put it this way: She won a Loeb award for Lifetime Achievement in 1993...

Lincoln teams up with journalists

Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public OpinionBy Harold HolzerSimon & Schuster768 pages; $35 The Lincoln portrayed in Harold Holzer’s painstakingly detailed study, Lincoln and the Power of the Press, will seem familiar to those who’ve read Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals or seen the film Lincoln (2012), based in part on that book: Lincoln...

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