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Political science and journalism: BFFs?

How academics can help improve media coverage of politics

This is my last post for CJR's United States Project--starting this month, I will instead serve as a contributor to... More

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Trial heat polls: All heat, no light

They generate plenty of stories, but it’s way too early for polls to predict anything about 2016

We're still almost three years away from November 2016, but political journalists seem to want to fast-forward past the ongoing... More

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Putting the bundle back together?

The challenge for new journalism models: replacing the civic benefits of the newspaper

It seems like ambitious new journalism projects are everywhere these days. The announcement that former New York Times editor Bill... More

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Will reporters miss the real story on the State of the Union again?

The policy consequences are far more important than the speech’s political effects

The myth of the bully pulpit runs deep in the DNA of political journalists, so it's no surprise that the... More

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What Ezra Klein and Nate Silver can learn from Grantland about analytical journalism

The sports site blends basic multimedia with data smarts. Can the model work for politics?

We're in a boom time for analytical Web journalism that uses data to make politics and policy compelling to readers.... More

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Bridge-gate fever!

Covering the Christie scandal and its repercussions in the invisible primary

Would Chris Christie's administration block traffic lanes from Fort Lee, NJ, onto the George Washington Bridge to retaliate against its... More

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Political centrism is not objectivity

How the media wrongly treats deficit reduction as non-ideological

How should the United States choose among the difficult tradeoffs it faces in setting the federal budget? There's no one... More

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Stories versus evidence on Obama’s fate

The never-ending cycle of presidential doom and recovery narratives

Journalists rightly seek to tell compelling stories, which can bring abstract or dry topics to life, but the need to... More

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Pizza parties, backroom drinks won’t fix DC

A Boston Globe story undercuts an unpersuasive theory

Why can't members of Congress just get along? Critics of polarization often suggest that a key reason for the decline... More

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What 60 Minutes can learn from Inside Edition

Media organizations need to own their mistakes. Here’s how they can do better

The most controversial media error in recent months came in a 60 Minutes report by Lara Logan about the attack... More

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The extrapolation fallacy

Don’t believe the hype about worst-case scenarios in Obamacare coverage

Is the sky falling for Obamacare? You might think so from reading the press these days. On Monday, National Journal... More

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Factchecking goes local in New York

The founding editor of TruePolitics talks about the soon-to-launch site

With the trio of PolitiFact, Factcheck.org, and The Washington Post's Fact Checker blog now well-established, the factchecking space might seem... More

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The failure to factcheck ‘You can keep it’

How the media missed on coverage of Obama’s implausible healthcare promises

With the government shutdown over, the political media is devoting more attention to problems with the Obamacare rollout--most glaringly, the... More

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Building a better correction

Three lessons from new research on how to counter misinformation

Misperceptions, like zombies, are difficult to kill. A recent Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, for instance, found that the "death panel"... More

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Pick on someone your own size!

Why factcheckers should target lower-level politicians

Factcheckers often struggle to change the minds of skeptical voters. But what effect do they have on the politicians under... More

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The roots of the shutdown fight

Why reporters should go local in covering the House GOP

Washington is in full blame-game mode as the federal government moves into shutdown this morning, including facile attributions of blame... More

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It’s the second term, stupid!

Why journalists shouldn’t blame all of Obama’s problems on Syria

The media love simple narratives based on dramatic events, so it's no surprise that many journalists have suggested that President... More

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When coverage gets ahead of the facts

The consequences of covering dubious scandals and conspiracy theories

We often speculate about how media coverage could make people cynical about politics and government. But new political science research... More

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Get off the bus!

Why access-based campaign coverage is a dead end

CNN's Peter Hamby has written a must-read retrospective on coverage of the 2012 Romney campaign. His report, "Did Twitter Kill... More

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Shifting the goalposts on the IRS scandal

A critic tries to reinterpret the controversy

The Weekly Standard's Mark Hemingway objected Friday to my latest CJR post in a goalpost-shifting effort titled, "The Campaign to... More

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

The press is responsible for ignoring Bill Cosby rape allegations - Where were journalists 10 years ago when claims originally surfaced against him?

Journalism has a plagiarism problem. But it’s not the one you’d expect - Fareed Zakaria’s case highlights news organizations’ ethical grey areas

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Will radio save science journalism? - WNYC will soon have a new health unit


CNN reporters in Ferguson provide coverage of CNN reporters in Ferguson (Slate)

“[T]here was little that justified CNN’s egocentric coverage”

Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

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