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How to Cover a Non-Story

The Globe knew about that Scott Brown lawsuit—and passed

On Thursday afternoon, Gawker reported that Scott Brown—the Republican whose victory in a special election in Massachusetts has cost Democrats... More

If Democrats do not contribute to the Greg Marx Retirement Fund, midterms will be costly

I’m not going to attempt to dissect each of the arguments made by Patrick Caddell and Douglas Schoen in their... More

A Late Arrival to the Party

Over at Politico, Mike Calderone reports that The Washington Post will be stepping up its Tea Party coverage. Local writers... More

When a Story Comes Along, Must You Whip It?

Competing approaches to covering the legislative endgame

Since it became clear sometime during the past few weeks that the fate of health care reform rests in the... More

Remembering Where People Get Their News

Riffing off of Kevin Drum’s post about Terry McDermott’s cover story about Fox News in the latest CJR (which you... More

Joe the Plumber, You’ve Got Company

In an entirely unsurprising development, Charlie Crist is trying to capitalize on the Marco Rubio haircut story to claim the... More

Strategic Error

Times Axelrod profile gets mixed up on messaging

Mark Leibovich’s front-page piece on the sufferings of David Axelrod in Sunday’s New York Times—the press apparently having decided to... More

RadarOnline, Consider Yourself Warned

At The Monkey Cage, John Sides flags the fascinating Above the Law item that details how those short-lived "John Roberts... More

Bad Diagnoses

The recent ‘Rahm’ stories offer plenty of prescriptions. Are we sure Obama is sick?

As my colleague Holly Yeager noted the other day, the spate of Rahm Emanuel stories that have lately been clogging... More

Shhh! It’s a Secret!

This made the rounds among journo-types yesterday, but in case you haven’t seen it, there’s an exciting development in the... More

A Political Scientist Encounters Quote Bubble Journalism

Henry Farrell, a professor of political science at George Washington University and a blogger at both Crooked Timber and The... More

Differing Takes on Reconciliation

Finding the soundbites, and missing the meaning, in Kent Conrad’s remarks

Stenography-as-reporting tends to get a bad name because it allows politicians to say false or misleading things without being held... More

Carlson Calling

Tucker Carlson talks about his new online enterprise

Earlier this year, Tucker Carlson’s already long and varied journalistic résumé added a new entry: Web impresario. In January, the... More

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow?

Rubio’s haircut isn’t—or shouldn’t be—the story

On his way to a truly spectacular and ignominious flame-out, John Edwards seems to have left at least one political... More

Competing Takes on Today’s Summit

Coverage of the morning session of today's big health care summit focuses, unsurprisingly, on how the assembled political worthies are... More

Marco Rubio and the Republican Elite

Wielding national political power without elite support is a pipe dream

Marco Rubio seems to be the breakout star of this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, the yearly gathering of right-wing... More

More on Politics and the Economy

A short follow-up to my “It’s Still the Economy, Stupid” piece from earlier this week: John Sides, whose post on... More

Q & A: David Barstow

The New York Times reporter talks about the Tea Party movement

As the conservative Tea Party movement has picked up steam over the past year, leading national media outlets—many of which... More

Sounding the Alarm, or Just Sounding Off?

Playing politics with national security may not be a great idea, after all

In his capacity as editor of The Washington Post’s editorial page, Fred Hiatt takes a lot of criticism—some of it... More

It’s Still the Economy, Stupid

More indications that the economy drives political outcomes

One of the side effects of what’s been dubbed the “the permanent campaign” is a proliferation of reporting on public... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

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