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Jill Abramson is out at The New York Times

And the race to figure out what really happened is well underway

Update, 5/15: The most intriguing accounts to emerge since yesterday afternoon have focused on a reported conflict between Abramson and... More

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Vox.com is going to be a great test of Ezra Klein’s critique of journalism

How much demand is there for a Wikipedia for news? Looks like we’re going to find out

Vox.com, the much-discussed new project from Ezra Klein, Melissa Bell, and Matt Yglesias, launched late Sunday night. With the obvious... More

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A good AP follow-up on North Carolina’s ‘sweepstakes’ story

In the face of crackdowns, an industry with deep pockets refuses to go away

In his post yesterday about what North Carolina reporters can learn from their South Carolina colleagues about covering the video... More

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The state tax shift

As GOP states swap income for sales taxes, can reporters stay ahead of the story?

In today's The New York Times, Richard Stevenson takes note of an important trend in state capitols around the country:... More

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USP Notes: Medicaid expansion edition

Some solid coverage helps keep the debate within the realm of facts

As governors around the country deliver their annual addresses and legislatures prepare to convene, one of the key policy stories... More

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USP Notes: NYT on Fix the Debt, ProPublica on ‘Democratic Grandmas’

Private interests behind a public debate, and the unusual source of some campaign data

As the fiscal cliff debate dragged on late last year, the presence of some deep corporate pockets behind the public... More

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Jim Tankersley joins The Washington Post

A good hire bolsters an already strong economic policy team

Obviously the big news about The Washington Post at the moment is that, after a protracted debate, the paper now... More

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Factchecking the ‘gifts’ theory of politics

LAT, NYT break news on Mitt Romney’s remarks—and also offer a skeptical look

The big electoral politics story of the day (well, ok, of late Wednesday) is the news that Mitt Romney, on... More

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Who really holds leverage on Bush tax cuts?

Bloomberg’s Barro argues even post-“cliff,” GOP would have the upper hand

My Friday post about how reporters are missing a big part of the “fiscal cliff” story—the leverage President Obama and... More

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The fiscal whatchamacallit

Media’s embrace of “fiscal cliff” obscures the real story about budget negotiations

With Election Day behind us, all of Washington is suddenly focused on a looming issue that drew little notice during... More

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Laurels to Politico and National Journal

For exposing the shady side of the campaign-industrial complex

Back in April, an excellent column by Walter Shapiro here at CJR urged reporters on the money-in-politics beat to... More

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Ask Obama This: Where’s your short-term jobs plan?

A missed chance at the debate creates an important opportunity for reporters on the trail

Over the final month of the campaign, CJR will run a series of posts under the headline “Ask Obama This”... More

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A laurel to The Denver Post

For strong editorial judgment in its coverage of the “47 percent” story

The secret video recording of Mitt Romney’s now-infamous “47 percent” comment went live on the Mother Jones website at... More

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Romney’s welfare ads: Whom do they affect?

A consensus about coded racial appeals may be only half right

Over the past month, many journalists have identified a new development in the presidential campaign: Mitt Romney’s decision to begin... More

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A laurel to FlackCheck.org

For its new guide to video factchecking on air and online

The recent journalistic debate about factchecking has prompted some compelling discussion about different strategies, different methods, and what works... More

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A laurel to The Atlantic’s Garance Franke-Ruta

For calling on reporters to repeat the truth as often as needed, and showing how to do it

This week’s laurel goes to Garance Franke-Ruta of The Atlantic, whose astute web piece “What to Do With Political... More

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Required skimming: how campaigns work

Learn how the wonks view the horse race

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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The real question about Romney’s Bain career

How, exactly, did his business career prepare the candidate to be president?

The debate over Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital has been a series of cul-de-sacs and rabbit-holes. When the Republican... More

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The Globe advances the Romney/Bain story

Meanwhile, MoJo digs into Romney’s investments in offshoring

This post has been updated (see bottom of second page). In the great politico-media debate over Mitt Romney, Bain Capital,... More

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Rehashing the debate about when Romney left Bain

After a much-discussed Boston Globe story, FactCheck.org stands by its take

This post has been updated. The big political story of the day is a front-page article in The Boston Globe... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

In the digital sphere, ‘magazine’ = money (Digiday)

“A single page in a glossy magazine could be discounted by more than half its open rate and still get an effective CPM of about $70. Online display ad CPMs average under $3”

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