Zen Cho's writing advice/mission statement makes me very happy, especially... all of them. Okay, especially #1 and #9.
And here's a blog post about New Zealand political journalism that I'm sure has wider application: Beyond 'a bad look' by Keith Ng. Excerpt:
I want to focus on the kind of interpretations made by many political journalists – not all, but many – who editorialise: Instead of saying “they've done a bad thing” and explaining why, they say it's “a bad look”. Every action is interpreted in terms of its political repercussions.
[...] Saying “it's a bad look” cannot replace [a journalist's judgement of why a story ought to matter to the public]. Who exactly is doing the looking? The Eye of Sauron? They're trying to fill a judgement-sized hole without actually making a judgement. Instead of speaking as a human being, they speak on behalf of the floating eye of a faceless voter. What does this faceless voter want?
The same thing any of us would want if we had our values, our interests, our faculty for moral judgement scooped out of our brains: We would want the the best politician. That apparently means “good political management”, it means politicians who have “momentum”, the one capable of “a good look”, the one capable of making their opponents have “a bad look”.
Somewhat terrifyingly, imo, there's a high chance Shell will be drilling for oil in the Arctic by July/August: Greenpeace has a petition and (somewhat content-free) video here.
And in a much lighter vein, this tumblr made me laugh till I wheezed: Catalog Living (link via morgue).