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The Intercept: New email leak reveals Clinton campaign’s cozy press relationship

The Intercept: New Email Leak Reveals Clinton Campaign’s Cozy Press Relationship This isn’t unique to Clinton. As the authors of this article — Glenn Greenwald and Lee Fang — note, it’s common to all political campaigns. More than that, it’s … Continue reading

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Trump Tax Records Obtained by The Times Reveal He Could Have Avoided Paying Taxes for Nearly Two Decades

Trump Tax Records Obtained by The Times Reveal He Could Have Avoided Paying Taxes for Nearly Two Decades Trump ran up nearly a billion dollars in red ink from spectacular real estate failures — this is the guy who’s running … Continue reading

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Scrubbing Machado

Commentary: The curious case of Alicia Machado Will Rahn at CBSNews chastises the mainstream media for failing to cover Alicia Machado’s lurid past and making her look like a saint. Alleged lurid past. None of this stuff has been proven, although … Continue reading

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Man who owns a private jet chastises journalists for being out of touch with regular people →

Hannity Scolds ‘Overpaid’ Trump Critics In Media For ‘Expensive Wine Lifestyles’ – Esme Cribb, Talking Points Memo

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Journalist Philip Caputo remembers his landmark Esquire profile of William Styron

Caputo set out to profile Styron in 1985, when Styron, “one of the towering figures in American letters,” was working on the novel “The Way of the Warrior.” The two men shared an experience as Marines — Styron had praised … Continue reading

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Journalists need to collect “string:” fragments of ideas and information that might turn into stories later

Laura Shin at Poynter.org describes how several journalists build their string collections, and organize them — or don’t: Fleeting thoughts and observations that seem interesting, if not directly relevant to your article, could someday lead to another story, whether that’s … Continue reading

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What Facebook gets wrong about that napalm-girl photo

Facebook is partly right: That is a disturbing photo. But what’s disturbing about it isn’t the nudity. What’s disturbing is that it’s a photo of a child who’s been severely burned in a napalm attack. A napalm attack by an … Continue reading

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Fox & Friends lament media’s refusal to engage in Clinton health conspiracies 

Fox & Friends is echoing a Trump talking point: That Clinton is very, very sick and the media is covering it up. Problem with this conspiracy theory: Complete lack of evidence of Clinton’s bad health, and presence of evidence that … Continue reading

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“I Spent 30 Years Covering American Politics. Here’s What I Wish Other Journalists Knew.” →

Great advice here for all kinds of journalists. Tech journalists in particular have a tendency to get too cozy with the people we cover. Don’t cede power to the powerful. I’ve written repeatedly (here, here, and here) about how the media needs to … Continue reading

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You can cheer about Gawker’s death while being troubled by how it happened →

Philip Bump, The Washington Post, about the announcement that Gawker is shutting down: Its final legacy will be the way in which it was destroyed, by a man with deep pockets and a lengthy grudge who backed not only [Hulk … Continue reading

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Bruce Weber, an obituary writer for The New York Times, moves on →

We’re accustomed, my colleagues and I, to saying that an obituary is not about a death, but a life. This is true, but really, we’re reporters and you can’t avoid the news, which is, of course, the same news every … Continue reading

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Ezra Klein Show: Melissa Bell on starting Vox, managing media, and connecting newsrooms →

Ezra Klein: I first started working with Melissa Bell at the Washington Post. I was trying to launch a new product — Wonkblog — and I needed some design work done. Melissa wasn’t a designer. She wasn’t a coder. She … Continue reading

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Peter Thiel makes the case for his bankrolling the Gawker lawsuit →

Peter Thiel, The New York Times: Last month, I spoke at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland because I believe our country is on the wrong track, and we need to solve real problems instead of fighting fake culture wars. … Continue reading

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How to get good at note-taking

Interviews and presentations are the raw materials of journalism, and good notes are the tools. Here are a few tips on taking good notes, based on my own experience and a couple of articles I Googled recently: Use a laptop, or tablet … Continue reading

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The Longform podcast interviews New Yorker editor David Remnick

“My job in this historical moment is to get the New Yorker from one era to the next with its soul intact.” Listen

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The one thing Jefferson and Hamilton agreed on

They hated scandalmonger and political attack dog James Callender. John Dickerson has more on the Whistlestop podcast: Keep Your Attack Dog Fed

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Confessor. Feminist. Adult. What the Hell Happened to Howard Stern?

This is not the Howard Stern I listened to in the 80s and early 90s. David Segal has more at the New York Times: For years, Mr. Stern was known principally for pushing the limits of taste as the ringmaster … Continue reading

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For all you budding Clark Kents out there, Field Notes sells a reporters notebook

Byline | Field Notes I’ve always liked tall, slim reporters notebooks with the binding on top. You can easily hold them in one hand while writing with the other. They fit nicely in a suit jacket pocket or the back … Continue reading

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Unreliable source

A terrible development in a long and distinguished journalism career. Author Gay Talese disavows his latest book amid credibility questions Paul Farhi, The Washington Post: In his forthcoming book, “The Voyeur’s Motel,” acclaimed journalist and nonfiction author Gay Talese chronicles … Continue reading

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Money talks 

The shadowy war on the press: How the rich silence journalists The Gawker lawsuit, financed in secret by by Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, is the latest example of the rich using wealth and influence to get back at journalists who report … Continue reading

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James O’Keefe stings himself

The self-styled right-wing investigative journalist pretended to be a foreign political contributor in an attempt to embarrass George Soros, but he forgot to hang up the phone when he called the financier’s office, thus divulging his brilliant plan. As Dana Geraghty … Continue reading

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I didn’t nose that

When British politician Michael Foot was named to head up a nuclear-disarmament committee, the Times of London supposedly ran the headline “Foot Heads Arms Body.” Michael Foot – Wikipedia Via reddit.com/r/TodayILearned

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Ay caramba!

Trump Campaign Canceled A Reporter’s Interview After They Heard Him Speak Spanish – Adrian Carrasquillo, BuzzFeed News

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The gravy train stops if journalists admit Trump is unfit to be President. 

Journalists, consultants and pundits only make money if the election is contested. So they’ll spend the next six months making Trump look better and Clinton look worse. Continue reading

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Grinding it out

Journalist Shane Ferro writes about getting ground down by Business Insider’s requirements to produce 5-6 articles per day. 

This is something everyone contemplating a journalism job should read.

For a few months, I closely followed the work of one Business Insider journalist, who often competed with me on the same stories. She wasn’t doing five or six articles a day – not even close. That lends credence to earlier reports that not every writer at BI is subject to the same requirements.

Like Ferro, I’m a relatively methodical writer on the job, but am capable of being quite prolific on social media. They involve different muscles. And I’m getting faster at writing on the job.

As Ferro notes: If you’re someone who’s capable of writing 5-6 articles a day, and enjoys it, and many people are and do, then Business Insider or a place like it is good for you. Continue reading

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