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In Pennsylvania, a niche site with wide reach

PoliticsPA drives political conversation in Keystone State

PENNSYLVANIA — Whether it is a presidential swing state or not, Pennsylvania is always a political battleground. With countless boroughs,... More

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Key stories in the Keystone State

Four issues Pennsylvania’s political press should stay on

PENNSYLVANIA — Political reporters and commentators here will continue to ponder, as the Philadelphia Inquirer did on November 9, Pennsylvania’s... More

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King Coal rises in PA

A last-minute crush of ads—including Romney’s first here—challenges reporters to keep up

PENNSYLVANIA — Add the Keystone State to the list of places where King Coal is a leading issue in candidate... More

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‘Pittsburgh is getting pounded’ by ads

Top priority race for parties is disturbingly low on local TV news radar

PENNSYLVANIA — Don’t cry for Pennsylvania. “Save the tears for Pennsylvania’s TV stations passed over by the presidential race,” advised... More

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The man who explains politics in—and to—PA

When reporters need “here’s-what-it-all-means” context, they call Terry Madonna

PENNSYLVANIA — When it comes to understanding the foundations of Keystone State politics—and how citizens process rhetoric and choose candidates—one... More

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How undisclosed money works its way in

OpenSecrets, Morning Call report on “financial gymnastics” in PA Senate primary

PENNSYLVANIA — The US Senate primary here may be over, but the work of understanding how the contest was played—and... More

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Harrisburg’s Patriot-News sits down with Romney

There are lessons here for campaign reporters and editors along future bus tour routes

PENNSYLVANIA — While campaigns and aligned PACs are raising and spending hundreds of millions of dollars, old-school, retail politics has... More

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What did we learn from coverage of Romney’s Philly school visit?

More reporters should have used Romney’s charter school stop as a teaching moment

PENNSYLVANIA — At first glance, Mitt Romney's campaign appearance last Thursday at a West Philadelphia charter school seemed a bit... More

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28 hours of political ads (and a few minutes of news)

Tallying the ad buys at six local TV stations for one Pennsylvania primary race

Pennsylvania — In the weeks before the April 24 primary here, folks in Northeastern Pennsylvania saw and heard a lot... More

In PA Primary, Television News is Late to the Game

An ad barrage, but little context, depth to local on-air reporting

PENNSYLVANIA — The battle between 10-term U.S. Rep. Tim Holden and his Democratic primary opponent, attorney Matt Cartwright, is dominating... More

As Santorum Moves On, So Does the Coverage

Some quick, quality analysis in Pennsylvania mixes with lack of links, context

This post has been updated. See note at bottom PENNSYLVANIA — When Tuesday broke, it looked like Rick Santorum's Easter... More

Pittsburgh-Area Reporters Tested in Ad War

Incumbent clash requires more outlets to move beyond he-said, she-said to what isn’t said

PENNSYLVANIA—The battle of big dogs scrapping for presidential votes ahead of the April 24 primary is drawing much of the... More

Back to School with Santorum

Journalists take a closer look at claims about his Penn State days

PENNSYLVANIA — A radio interview on the eve of Michigan's primary let Sen. Rick Santorum expand on his widely reported... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


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”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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