Wow. In the world of journalism, this is huge.

Talk about the end of an era: The Washington Post is being sold:  The Washington Post Co. has agreed to sell its flagship newspaper to founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos, ending the Graham family’s stewardship of one of America’s leading news organizations after four generations. Bezos, whose entrepreneurship has made him one of [Read More...]

A REALLY Great Moment in Journalism: NBC Reporter Anne Thompson Chats with Pope, Asks Him to Bless Medal

If memory serves, Anne Thompson also did the readings at one of the pope’s daily Masses shortly after his election. Now, she unabashedly pops up on national television receiving a papal blessing. Some women who appear on NBC channels wear tampon earrings. Some wear holy medals. Go figure. From the NBC Nightly News: Visit [Read More...]

Great Moments in Journalism: Wherein Bob Schieffer Learns a Thing or Two About Gay Marriage

This comes via Da Tech Guy on DaRadio:  There was a moment during Sunday’s victory lap on the News shows for gay marriage and its media allies who support it that was very telling. Bob Schieffer the oldest and fairest (and that’s not saying much) of the Sunday Morning Hosts in the MSM had just [Read More...]

A REALLY Great Moment in Journalism, as a Laid-Off Sun-Times Photographer Documents His New Life

As the author of this new blog describes it: Rob Hart was replaced with a reporter with an iPhone, so he is documenting his new life with an iPhone, but with the eye of a photojournalist trained in storytelling. Rob Hart is a Freelance Photojournalist and Adjunct Faculty of Photojournalism at the Medill School of Journalism. He’s [Read More...]

Great Moments in Journalism: How the AP Reported Corpus Christi

From Venezuela, we learn this fascinating tidbit:  The descendants of African slaves donned masks and bright red costumes as they danced through the streets of this small Venezuelan town on Thursday for its annual commemoration of Corpus Cristi. [sic] Young men beat drums and shook maracas as the “devils” paraded through the streets and people [Read More...]

“Reporter” listed as worst job of 2013

From the Wall Street Journal: This year, several professions geared toward serving the financial and health needs of an aging population made the top ten, says Lee, including audiologist, financial planner, and physical therapist. As for the worst job of 2013? Newspaper reporter bumped last year’s loser, lumberjack, for the ignominious distinction. “It’s been low [Read More...]

Gosnell backlash: how a free press becomes less free

If the press isn’t responsible, the government will start trying to tell it what to do.  And you will encounter things like this:  Some 72 members of Congress have signed on to a letter demanding that the mainstream media provide coverage of the murder trial of abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell. Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Steve [Read More...]

Is media bias tainting the Gosnell story?

Veteran journo Paul Moses ponders that question over at Commonweal’s blog:  There is a lively debate over whether major national news organizations have ignored or downplayed the trial of a Philadelphia abortion doctor who is charged with murder in the deaths of seven babies allegedly born alive and one mother…With the sensational charges made by both sides, the intense [Read More...]

The journalist who became an evangelist

I spotted his obit in the New York Times this morning, and wanted to post something.  But now Terry Mattingly has gone a step further, and nicely woven together the threads of this exceptional life. Take it away, Terry: If you wanted to know who John McCandlish Phillips was, as a New York Times journalist, all you [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: for Easter, the NY Times lays an egg

I was otherwise engaged on Sunday, and didn’t check out the NY Times.  But other sharp-eyed readers caught this doozy:  Elisabetta Povoledo is a Rome-based reporter for the paper’s international edition, but either she or her copy editor made a mortifying mischaracterization of the meaning of Easter in an online story on Pope Francis posted [Read More...]