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ReThink Review: Weiner -- A Sex Scandal By Any Other Name

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.24.2016 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Like most documentaries, Weiner won't blow you away with its cinematography or production value. But it's packed full of the most important currency documentaries can possess that scripted films can't provide: access.

60 Years in Journalism: Thoughts on Covering Politics

Irv Chapman | Posted 04.13.2016 | Media
Irv Chapman

Every four years, as the snow flies, politicians who would be President come storming into caucuses, with reporters in their wake. And it can be hard work. Covering nominating conventions entailed four long concentrated days.

Knowledge is Power - So Why Would We Block Access to Power?

David Chavern | Posted 02.19.2016 | Media
David Chavern

The phrase "knowledge is power" has a long and impressive pedigree. Its first recorded use was in the 7th Century - and it is certainly as relevant t...

The Abundant Riches of American Political Journalism

Rasmus Kleis Nielsen | Posted 03.10.2014 | Media
Rasmus Kleis Nielsen

You don't have to watch Fox News if you don't like it. You don't need to read premature speculation about 2016. And you don't have to care about what respondents have answered in the most recent poll. Because American political journalism today is not impoverished. It is abundantly rich.

When Trans Identity Meets Media Career

Eden Lane | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Eden Lane

My hope was that, by addressing questions raised about my past, I could move beyond initial curiosity and keep the focus on my work. It was also an opportunity to uphold my responsibility to LGBT youth. At least that is what I hoped would be the result. Was that naive?

A Review of This Town by Mark Leibovich Or a Better Title: 'Mark Knows Best!'

Elizabeth Birch | Posted 10.23.2013 | Books
Elizabeth Birch

Listen, I know this Mark guy seems to be gifted at peering into the souls of others --- even better than Bush gazing into Putin, but this book serves no useful purpose. It is cynical and mean.

WATCH: Mark Leibovich, 'This Town' Author, Dishes On How He Gets The D.C. Scoop

Huffington Post | Alexandra Schuster | Posted 07.30.2013 | Books

An inside look at what really goes on in D.C. never gets old for political junkies and haters alike. And "This Town" author Mark Leibovich, whose resu...

The Purple Michael Smerconish

Lanny Davis | Posted 07.02.2013 | Media
Lanny Davis

Smerconish has been on a steady rise and broadening his career. And he has done so, in my view, by following a "purple" formula: applying intellectually consistent standards equally to the left and right, questioning the orthodoxy of both and, most importantly, avoiding impugning motives or attacking others personally.

Reporters Beware: Election Observer Myths Are Easy to Spread, But Still False

J.P. Freire | Posted 01.05.2013 | Media
J.P. Freire

Are you a reporter covering polling places? If so, you've probably already familiarized yourself with the rules of polling places. But what you may not know could make you look foolish. Here are a few myths you should avoid repeating.

Leaning Tower of Journalism

John O'Toole | Posted 12.16.2012 | Media
John O'Toole

In this century, the news business has gone from straight and unbiased news to bending over backwards to flat on your back. Political parties are already irrelevant in this country. Is the press next in line? Or is it already there?

Think Again: How to Be a Political Journalist in America

Eric Alterman | Posted 12.12.2012 | Media
Eric Alterman

To spare myself some time, and to share my hard-earned wisdom with those whom I will never get a chance to counsel, I've come up with the following list of the top 20 rules that no aspiring American mainstream political journalist should ever forget.

Political Media's Access-for-Independence Tradeoff

Daniel R. Schwarz | Posted 11.28.2012 | Media
Daniel R. Schwarz

We all want to be quoted accurately, but that is very different from allowing sources to delete substantive remarks. We should be concerned about that practice in a democracy, and we should expect reporters to resist that kind of control.

Poll Shows Nobody Likes The Political Press

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 10.09.2012 | Media

A new poll has found what most people probably suspected to be true: just about everyone has negative feelings about the political press. Public Po...

Elegy for Anthony Shadid

Doug Bradley | Posted 04.18.2012 | Media
Doug Bradley

If you know anything about UW alumni and Lebanese families, you'll understand why that makes Anthony Shadid and me almost brothers. Our lone meeting took place on Dec. 2, 2010. Anthony was on campus to deliver the inaugural lecture on ethics and journalism.

Tom Wicker and the Age of Conscience

Gary Hart | Posted 01.26.2012 | Media
Gary Hart

Today's political journalists think the world would work much better if political leaders would simply govern the way the journalist thinks they should. Tom Wicker knew that his job was not to govern: his job was to provide a conscience for those who governed.

The New York Times' Versailles Manifesto

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Sirota

Today's "journalists," like Matt Bai of the New York Times, see no difference between themselves and those they serve. Indeed, when they hear the term "political elites" -- they now see themselves in the mirror.

Meg Whitman's New! Improved! Post-Journalism! Politics

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

Something new and more than a little bizarre is busy being born in California, where billionaire Meg Whitman has been spending feverishly for months on an advertising blitz.

How Political Journalists Wreck Politics

Jeremy McCarter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeremy McCarter

Henry Fairlie witnessed -- and diagnosed with remarkable acuity -- the birth of a kind of media/political complex inside the Beltway.

Journalist Uma Singh, 24, Murdered In Nepal

GroundReport | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Originally published on, the citizen journalism platform that covers world news at the local level. by Mukunda Nepal Unidentified ...

Must-Read About Alhurra TV

Nancy Snow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Nancy Snow

Technorati Profile Correction: The University of Missouri has received a grant to train Alhurra TV journalists. It may be for $50,000, but I'm wait...

Foreign Media Use Professional Journos To Blog

Jillian York | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jillian York

Blogging projects created by established publications that use trained foreign journalists lend a certain credibility to blogging the elections.

Every Country Gets the Media it Wants

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dr. Peggy Drexler

How can we blame "the media" for stepping out of bounds, when the lines have been washed away like sidewalk chalk in a rainstorm?

Time to Honor Our Fallen Heroes

Sen. Frank Lautenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sen. Frank Lautenberg

We have had a long tradition of coming together as a nation to memorialize our fallen heroes--the men and women whose lives were lost on the battlefie...

All the World's a Photo Op

Kiku Adatto | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kiku Adatto

When anyone with a cell phone is a potential member of the paparazzi, and anyone with a laptop a potential blogger, the contest for the control of images has never been more intense.

Genetically Modified Mouthpieces

Leslie Griffith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Leslie Griffith

Rooting for the war is much easier for journalists than asking hard questions to reveal a conflict based on lies and a country led by liars.