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    May 7, 2014

    We Journalists Want You Taxpayers to Be More Generous

    You maybe know by now that a some-kind-of-a-whatever-committee at City Hall has been kicking around the idea of giving the Dallas City Council a big pay raise, from $37,500 to $60,000 a year. Eric Nicholson here pointed out last month that council members would make more than rookie cops and firemen ... More >>

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    April 8, 2014

    Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings Now an Award-Winning Journalist, UNT's Mayborn School Says

    Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings wears many hats. He's a "man's man," a pizza lover, a terrible actor, the titular head of a major American city. He is also, you might be surprised to learn, a distinguished journalist. So says the University of North Texas' Mayborn School of Journalism. It has named him ... More >>

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    January 7, 2014

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram Issues Mea Culpa for Obamacare Takedown

    This fall, as the growing stack of policy cancellations was giving the lie to Obama's ill-considered "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it" promise, newspaper editors across the country were simultaneously barking at reporters to dig up Obamacare horror stories, and fast. The Fort Wor ... More >>

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    September 10, 2013

    Coggins Report: How Ex-TV Reporter Rebecca Rodriguez's Screw-Up at DISD Became Mike Miles' Biggest Headache

    Naughty little secret I will share with you from my own craft, the news business. In my line of work it is by no means unheard of for a reporter who is about to get sacked to suddenly invent an untrue story to the effect of, "They're trying to silence me." In other words, "They're only firing me be ... More >>

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    July 16, 2013

    Coppell's Deputy Police Chief Resigns After Passing Around Suspect's Nude Cell Phone Pic

    Back in April, Coppell Deputy Police Chief Matthew Kosec abruptly resigned from the department. He didn't give a reason, nor did the city, which said only that he'd been on administrative leave for weeks while an internal affairs investigation was conducted. Meanwhile, both The Dallas Morning News ... More >>

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    June 24, 2013

    Edward Snowden is Using the Rihanna Plane Method to Evade the Press

    As I write this, no one in the world knows where Edward Snowden, leaker of all the secrets he could get his grubby hands on, is located. While the irony of the US government having a total lack of information on this subject cannot be lost on anyone, I would like to use this platform to suggest to t ... More >>

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    April 24, 2013

    The Times' Jill Abramson is Coming to Town. Be Sure to Follow Her Speech on Twitter.

    Jill Abramson, executive editor of my favorite daily newspaper, The New York Times, will speak in town a week from tomorrow, 10 days later than originally planned. Her announced topic will be the same thing that delayed her: "The Boston Marathon Tragedy: 'Quality Journalism's Role in the Hyper Speed ... More >>

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    March 21, 2013

    BBQ Snob Daniel Vaughn is Now the Barbecue Editor at Texas Monthly

    If you haven't heard, Daniel Vaughn, AKA The BBQ Snob, has recently been hired by Texas Monthly as their official barbecue editor. He joins William Breathes, the Denver Westword ganja writer, in the the ultra-elite ranks of the coolest jobs in journalism. See also: - Daniel Vaughn: The BBQ Snob I ... More >>

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    January 16, 2013

    The Atlantic Magazine Flunks the Truthfulness Test With Scientology Ad

    The Atlantic magazine has stumbled badly on that really hard multiple choice question at the end of the Journalism 101 final exam: "Lying to your readers is: 1) a good thing, or 2) a bad thing." One pictures them hunched over the bubble sheet, eyes squinted closed and pencil tips to their tongues, b ... More >>

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    December 18, 2012

    Anonymous' Barrett Brown Pleads Not Guilty To Stratfor Hacking Charges

    Hacktivist collective Anonymous has had a busy couple days, fighting their old foe the Westboro Baptist Church. Meanwhile, court records show that their former self-proclaimed spokesperson, Barrett Brown, has pleaded not guilty to twelve charges related to the hacking of the intelligence firm Strat ... More >>

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    October 4, 2012

    How Bleacher Report Rules the World

    Step 1: Be terrible. Step 2: Count the money. Repeat both steps as necessary.

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    October 1, 2012

    Media Bias Doesn't Matter Much if No One Is Listening Anyway

    David Carr, who writes a media column for The New York Times, has a piece in today's paper about dumb it is for Republicans to claim the mainstream media are biased against Mitt Romney. He pulls a bit of a trick, seems to me, by folding claims of media bias into a separate issue -- an accusation fro ... More >>

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    September 14, 2012

    SMU Student Indicted for Raping a Classmate in a Dorm Room

    A 20-year-old junior at SMU has been indicted on charges that he raped a fellow student in a dorm room in February. The student, Donald Samuel Cuba, was booked into Dallas County Jail and is out on a $15,000 bond. The story -- including details on the school's controversial student-discipline heari ... More >>

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    March 7, 2012

    A Night of Linsanity in Dallas

    It was about four seconds after I arrived at the American Airlines Center last night that I saw my first Jeremy Lin jersey, on an Asian reporter in the media parking lot. A journalistic sin, sure, but one you've gotta let slide on Jeremy Lin Appreciation Night. Mavericks games on any other night ar ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011
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    November 5, 2011

    Dallas News Publisher Jim Moroney Talks to UT Students, Profs About the Future of His Paper

    On Thursday, Jim Moroney paid a visit to Austin, where he told an audience of University of Texas journalism students and professors: Only The Major Metropolitan Newspaper can preserve, protect and defend democracy ... or something like that. The Dallas Morning News's publisher spoke of rapidly shri ... More >>

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    August 19, 2011

    The End of SMU's News War

    On campus, as it is in the real world: Two news operations became one.​You can't swing a mace and chain around Observer HQ without hitting someone who knows what it's like to fight in a real newspaper war. That Buzz fellow worked in San Antonio back when the Express-News toiled against the Lig ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011

    Mooney River: Once Again, D Magazine Misses the Trinity River Toll Road Story

    ​Hey, I was out of town last week when the August issue of D hit the streets -- well, given the magazine's target demo, perhaps we should say it hit the winding lanes and parkways -- with an essay titled "Let's Ditch the Trinity River Toll Road." Wow. Pretty remarkable. From the time of the ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011

    Small-Town Muckraker Joey Dauben Will Run the World Some Day. Just Ask Him.

    In the little towns outside of Dallas, publisher and aspiring politician Joey Dauben is on a crusade to expose abuses of power, civic mischief and -- most of all -- himself.

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    May 9, 2011

    Six Letdowns at the James Beard Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards

    Bite us, Jimmy.​Not sure if you guys heard, but this year City of Ate picked up a nomination from the James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards for Group Food Blog, and I was nominated in the Humor category for a feature story we did on fried hamsters. Awesome! We City of Aters were so excited, ... More >>

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    March 23, 2011

    Food Writers Fret About James Beard's Humor Division

    This week's announcement of James Beard Foundation award nominees triggered another round of hand-wringing among food writers over whether the newly created humor award cheapens culinary journalism. ​The concern was raised yesterday on a listserv maintained by the Association of Food Journali ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    More On the Rogers Situation: Because, Really, Is Anything More Important?

    ​Great. Tell me you're sick of journalists talking about journalists. I was too. I was perfectly ready to drop L'Affaire Tim Rogers -- whether or not he used his clout as the editor of D Magazine to get his kid bucked into a preschool program ahead of qualified poor kids. But Mr. Rogers feels ... More >>

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    January 20, 2011
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    November 22, 2010

    Stephan Pyles Thanksgiving Cooking Class: You'll Never Want Another Butterball

    Stephan Pyles​Among other things, the Thanksgiving cooking class at Stephan Pyles taught me that the main things I know about journalism are wrong. I had a journalism professor open his class with, "You think you're going to be happy? You're not. You think this career is going to be easy? I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    Florida Prof Unearths Sixth Floor Museum Talks by Dallas Journo Legend Vivian Castleberry

    ​As the women's editor for the Dallas Times Herald for nearly 30 years, from the 1950s to the '80s, Vivian Castleberry revolutionized the section's coverage -- addressing domestic violence, for example, in addition to lifestyle pieces on decor and fashion -- and became the first woman named to the ... More >>

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    May 1, 2010

    Sportatorium: Happy Birthday To ... Us!

    ​I'm like you, I didn't know if this thing would make it two weeks. But, whatdya know, all the sudden it's been two years. Seems like just yesterday we launched this lil' corner of the blogosphere. After 730 days, 1,370 items and more than 20,500 comments we've survived to our second bir ... More >>

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    September 24, 2009
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    April 3, 2009

    Chewing the Fat: Measuring Every Chug

    Gotta wonder if the folks at the Centers for Disease Control will come out with a list of top party schools now. A new study released by the organization says the typical American binge drinker is a white male, aged 18-34. No kidding. The news comes courtesy of They note that the CDC ... More >>

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    January 20, 2009

    SMU Students Need to Pony Up From D.C.

    I would not recommend reading SMU's Daily Mustang for your inauguration coverage. The university sent "a group of SMU communications and journalism students" to D.C. to cover the inauguration. Said last week's media release, "They will have an up-close view of the Presidential Inauguration." Um. Um. ... More >>

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    November 5, 2008

    Election Night Parties...At A Price

    Dianna Wray Your waitstaff for election night tapas at the Hotel St. Germain. Journalists not forced to spend eight hours pontificating on live TV news broadcasts still face a daunting election night. By the time I arrived at the McKinney Avenue Tavern to attend the first of three grueling events, ... More >>

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    February 26, 2008

    Waiting for Bill

    Brian Harkin Former president Bill Clinton, speaking moments ago to a small crowd near Grauwyler Park. A surreal scene a couple of hours ago, a real WTF moment: Bill Clinton, former president of the United States, standing in the back of a blue pick-up truck off Harry Hines Boulevard and Anson Road ... More >>

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    November 30, 2007

    This Little Piggy Goes to Town

    Apologies to the civilians in the room. I need to speak directly to the bloodhounds at The Dallas Morning News. Please excuse us while we engage in a bit of canine shop talk, just among us ink-stained wretches. Your managing editor, George Rodrigue, posted a rebuttal this afternoon to an item I wro ... More >>

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    October 17, 2007

    Former Observer Writer Knocks Out His Second Book

    Former Dallas Observer writer and pin-up Adam Pitluk Since leaving the Dallas Observer a few years back, former staff writer Adam Pitluk has graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, turned one of the articles he wrote here into a book, been the features editor for Boys’ Life maga ... More >>

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    October 17, 2007

    KDFW Suspends Rebecca Aguilar After Controversial "Ambush"

    A few days after receiving a major award, KDFW-Channel 4's Rebecca Aguilar has been suspended from the Fox affiliate. Monday night, KDFW-Channel 4 ran a piece about 70-year-old James Walton, owner of Able Walton Machine & Welding in West Dallas, who, early Sunday morning, shot and killed a man tryin ... More >>

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    August 31, 2007

    KTVT-Channel 11's News Director Is Out on His Regent Ducas

    Late-breaking news about, um, late-breaking news: KTVT-Channel 11 and KTXA-Channel 21 just announced that news director Regent Ducas is out and Scott Diener is in -- immediately. Diener's been with the CBS affiliate, and its UHF counterpart, since June 2006, when he arrived from a Belo-owned station ... More >>

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    August 21, 2007

    Logrolling In Our Time

    A former professor of mine at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Stephen Fried, has just released his fourth book, and while it has nothing to do specifically with Dallas, it’s a great read for any married man -- or any married woman. Fried, who is best known for his investigat ... More >>

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    May 22, 2007

    Andrew Marton, You Avedon a Great Job

    It must be one happy Tuesday over at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. First, Heather Landy was named a finalist for the prestigious 2007 Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism, for her story "Radio Shack CEO's Resume in Question.” And now comes word that arts writer an ... More >>

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    May 17, 2007

    Slate Thinks Newsweek is Cheesy

    Slate's Jack Shafer is not impressed with Newsweek's slice o' cheese this week. To wit: How much journalistic feebleness can you pack into a 700-word story about illicit drugs? The latest issue of Newsweek explores the limits with its article "Stopping a Kid Killer: A concoction called 'cheese' has ... More >>

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    March 8, 2007

    Kicking Down the Door at the "House of Death"

    This is Lalo, the man to whom the U.S. government paid $260,000 to act as an informant -- and the man believed to be responsible for at least one murder, if not many more. The cover story in this week's issue of Unfair Park is based largely on court documents and internal government memos, most of w ... More >>

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    October 5, 2006

    Lost in Translation

    This week it was revealed that eight reporters and 29 freelancers for The Miami Herald's Spanish-language spinoff, El Nuevo Herald, got money for appearing on the U.S. government-owned Radio and TV Marti networks, which broadcasts out of Miami and into Cuba. That the Herald let some of its reporters ... More >>

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    September 28, 2006

    A Voice Silenced

    One of our colleagues here just received an e-mail from the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association that contains the sad news that Dennis Vercher, the longtime editor of the Dallas Voice, died yesterday from an HIV/AIDS-related illness. Vercher had been editor of the Voice, the self-describe ... More >>

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    September 25, 2006

    Bible Girl? Why, Whatever Do You Mean?

    Weird this is, we actually took this photo off Paul Kix's MySpace page... Before we left last week, we mentioned that Dallas Morning News Points editor Rod Dreher had posted to Beliefnet a column about Julie Lyons' much-commented-upon Bible Girl column from Thursday. Dreher came back to it over the ... More >>

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    August 28, 2006

    Core Reader is Not Their Homeboy

    A Friend of Unfair Park who used to work for Dallas' Only Daily sends this e-missive concerning just who it is Belo Corp.'s trying to please with this latest round of buyouts: "Maybe the whole lack of understanding on the part of the professional journalists (as opposed to the professional manager ... More >>

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    August 18, 2006

    Judge Doesn't Give DMN El Paso

    To the laundry list of problems facing The Dallas Morning News, add another: A judge in El Paso ruled yesterday that a libel suit filed by a Mexican newspaper can proceed and will, in fact, likely go to trial in February. Says here--and not in Dallas' Only Daily, far as I can tell--that the owners o ... More >>

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    August 17, 2006

    Makeover Magic

    Beauty expert to cover Dallas' flaws

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    July 26, 2006

    Dubya: A Really Cool Dude

    UNT journalism professor Jim Mueller's new book deals with the days when Dubya was an owner of the Texas Rangers--ya 'member, the good ol' days. Jim Mueller, an assistant professor of journalism at the University of North Texas, recently found out how you wake up a classroom of 300 sleepy students: ... More >>

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    July 20, 2006

    Note to DMN'ers: Keep Waiting.

    We just received a memo sent to Dallas Morning News staffers yesterday regarding the upcoming shake-up in the newsroom. As we noted here last week, the paper's about to lose some 50-60 employees in the coming days, some likely from GuideLive, not two years after Belo Corp. axed 250 workers at Dallas ... More >>

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    June 29, 2006

    Katie's Coming

    Yeah! Wee! Whopee! Katie Couric's coming to town July 11. And you can meet her! WOW! Katie Couric's coming to town July 11 as part of a six-city exploratory mission, and yer welcome to come meet the former Today show co-host who, on September 5, takes over as anchor of the CBS Evening News. Lori Con ... More >>

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    June 28, 2001

    Warrior Reporter

    Channel 4's Becky Oliver is queen of ambush journalism, wielding her microphone like a sword. Sure it's cheap and sensational. It's also a lot harder than it looks.

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