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Are mainstream journos different from America?

This is the question posed by media scholar Roy Peter Clark on poynter.org. He asks what he really knows about the so-called Red State people and finds himself lacking. Some excerpts: I stood on line for two hours Tuesday to vote, predicting that a big turnout of young people and new voters would push John […]

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Web buzzing with vote-rigging tales

Toronto Star media columnist Antonia Zerbisias looks at all the left-wing chatter in the U.S. about voting irregularities in the Nov. 2 presidential election, looks at the paucity of coverage in the mainstream media (MSM), and asks why. Actually, she answers her question. … Journalism is dead while stenography lives and thrives. Just like they did […]

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Man bites dog — police dog, that is. And a policeman. Yes, really.

I can offer no independent verification of this story. I'm putting my trust in the journalistic abilities of the BBC: Man bites dog (and a policeman) Soty – a German Shepherd dog, like this one – nearly lost his left ear Police say an officer and his dog were bitten by a man resisting arrest […]

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Eccentric new one-man magazine

This is the story of Esopus, a one-man general arts magazine by a fellow named Tod Lippy that's developing a cult following. Here's an excerpt from the NYT story: Building a one-man magazine, one impossible feat at a time: Meetings at magazines are often full of suggestions to think outside the box, which is where Mr. Lippy […]

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The public editor: Facts and truth vs. objectivity

Daniel Okrent, the public editor of the NYT, calls for more informed, fact-based opinion from senior journalists. Here's an excerpt: I suspect that when writers don't comment on specious statements, it's usually because they worry that any challenge might itself seem tendentious. And it's true that many readers do find conclusive statements objectionable. Reporter Jodi […]

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It's the content, stupid

Associated Press president Tom Curley delivered the keynote at the ONA convention, and to him, the franchise is the content. Associated Press President and CEO Tom Curley welcomed the 2004 Online News Association conference attendees with a keynote address that stressed the importance of news aggregators and community interaction. He called the shift “Web 2.0,” […]

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Wonkette lauds herself, extolls lack of standards

Ana Marie Cox, better known as Wonkette, doesn't consider herself a journalist and therefore has no standards to uphold. That's gist of the message you could take from her performance at the Online News Association convention. Take this line about publishing misleading exit poll numbers during the Nov. 2 U.S. presidential elections: My retrospective argument […]

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