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Funny tweet, Fox News contributor, but that’s not The CNN Store

So basically no one watches CNN now. Not even the CNN store. — Michelle Fields (@MichelleFields) October 28, 2014

BP's aggressive PR strategy obfuscates the facts

.@MorrellGeoff's piece in @Politico is no different than any other op-ed by any other company in any other publication— State of the Gulf (@StateoftheGulf) October 22, 2014 When Politico Magazine published a piece by senior BP spokesman...Show More Summary

Lake Worth (FL) Herald editorial ‘is about as racist as you can get’

Editorial is about as racist as you can get [includes full view] (@skittishprey) | Lake Worth Herald

Controlled chaos: As journalism and documentary film converge in digital, what lessons can they share?

Documentary film and journalism are, in many ways, rooted in the same traditions. Though focus on narrative often differentiates film from traditional journalism, it helps to remember that the earliest films were straightforward recordings of real life, such as trains pulling into stations Decades after L’arrivée d’un train en gare de La Ciotat, journalists like...

Morning Report for October 29, 2014

Matt Taibbi leaves First Look Media after eight months. “Our differences were never about editorial independence,” writes Pierre Omidyar. OK, so what was the reason for his departure? ( Read this excellent ProPublica/NPR investigation before you text your next donation to the Red Cross. (“They were not interested in solving the problem — … Read More

Should journalism worry about content marketing?

A t a glance, the Daily Growl could be any morning news meeting held in the "win the internet through pet videos" bureau of a lavishly funded media startup. Rows of eager young people stand behind their monitors--"TMZ-style," managing editor Lisa Keller told me--as Keller solicits memes and news pegs to supplement the content already scheduled on the team's editorial...

Ta-Nehisi Coates defines a new race beat

H e is the most celebrated journalist writing about race today, and yet Ta-Nehisi Coates' ideas are surprisingly unoriginal. He would be the first to say so. Consider, for example, "The Case for Reparations," Coates' 16,000-word cover story for The Atlantic, where he is a national correspondent. Published online in May, it was a close look at housing discrimination, such...

Ebola scare spotlights media's retreat from science coverage

? W ith the arrival in the US of the Ebola virus, the American public has demonstrated yet again its ability to unduly wind itself up over any vaguely exotic threat--West Nile, bird flu, anthrax--while ignoring genuine threats like seasonal influenza. The fear has been stoked by the predictable cable-news hyperbole, as well as some alarmist coverage from outlets that...


hen Charles Dickens first came to America in 1842, he gave a series of speeches in which he asked the US government to extend copyright protection to works by foreign creators. At the time, American printers could legally publish British novels without paying authors, which Dickens, not unreasonably, resented. Show More Summary

The kids are all right

T hree years ago, I found myself floating along the East River with the Insane Clown Posse. They had recently played a concert in New York City for the first time in nearly 10 years, an occasion they marked by inviting more than 200 fans to party on a boat with them, a DJ, a cash bar, and a hotdog...

How the First Amendment applies to Jennifer Lawrence

The First Amendment Bubble: How Privacy and Paparazzi Threaten a Free Press By Amy Gajda Harvard University Press 306 pages; $35 n late August, someone anonymously posted hacked nude photographs of the actress Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities on an internet bulletin board. Show More Summary

Journalism's new beats

Media companies old and new are perpetually rethinking their beats, though their motivations may vary.

Journalism says goodbye to Redskins

The debate over the Washington Redskins' nickname intensified this year when the US Patent and Trademark Office canceled the team's trademark registration, a ruling that has since been appealed. Franchise ownership has refused to budge...Show More Summary

Inside Evin prison

In this issue of Currents, political cartoonist Mana Neyestani talks about the terrors he experienced inside Iran's Evin prison, and how his work on a graphic novel-memoir helped him cope with the trauma (if you missed it, flip back to page 10). Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari also made his experiences inside Evin the subject of a 2011 memoir,...

Why Terry Bradshaw Doesn't 'Tweet or Twit'

Specs Who Terry Bradshaw Age 66 Claim to fame Co-host of Fox NFL Sunday; former NFL quarterback and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Base Aubrey, Texas, and Love County, Okla. What’s the first information you consume in the morning? The first thing I do is gather all the sports information that I can get. Show More Summary

Something for New York Times staffers to give to trick-or-treaters?

New York Times-branded M&Ms in the Washington bureau (@carolynryan) Earlier: The story behind Associated Press candy (

Words and phrases that bother NPR staffers

NPR standards and practices senior editor Mark Memmott writes in his Tuesday blog post: “Words and phrases matter, of course, because we’re in the business of writing and telling stories that are compelling and clear.” Getting them wrong and relying on “cliches and shopworn phrases” gets in the way of NPR’s mission, he notes. These … Read More

Missouri State University Standard alum is ashamed of today’s paper

This is disturbing and absolutely awful. Not @TheStandard_MSU I worked for. And it's a week late… — Michael Gulledge (@mgulledge) October 28, 2014 Read the October 28th issue of The Standard (

Three Social Security issues that need more discussion

This has been an election season without a dominant theme. All of a sudden, though, Social Security, once considered an election-year snoozer, has turned red-hot in tight races in Iowa, South Dakota, Louisiana, Arkansas, Colorado, and Alaska. But the way Social Security is playing out is far from straightforward, and the debate is often muddy. Good campaign coverage demands a...

The near future of First Look’s next site, Racket, looks fuzzy

Andrew Rice reported for New York magazine’s Daily Intelligencer earlier today that Matt Taibbi has gone missing from First Look’s New York offices “after disagreements with higher-ups inside Omidyar’s organization,” where he’s supposed to be launching new digital political satire rag Racket. Sources confirmed that Taibbi has been absent from the office for several weeks,...

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