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WaPo: Got agency?

The Post’s ombudsman calls for more coverage of the “less sexy” Cabinet departments

Last Friday, the day after The Washington Post announced an expansion of its online video content "with politically focused programming,”... More

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Elements of Gangnam style

Reporting tips from Kim Jong-il

In 2001, Kim Jong-il began wooing the foreign media. But The Dear Leader had long since been pursuing his... More

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The Plain Dealer’s ‘reset’ gets all too real

Sizable newsroom reductions ahead, says “Save The Plain Dealer

Last week, TC Brown wrote for CJR about the “significant reset” ahead for the Advance Publications-owned Cleveland Plain Dealer (See:... More

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Toledo Blade disappoints on Jeep-to-China claims

For Ohioans targeted by Romney’s misleading rhetoric, the paper confuses more than it clarifies

OHIO — As Toledo became ground zero in the presidential campaigns’ message war in recent days—over auto industry jobs, in... More

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Journalism crash course in Jersey

Program shows young reporters the ropes, with an aim to “diversify college and professional newsrooms”

Imagine that it is days after the shootings at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, WI, earlier this month, and... More

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NYT uses false balance while reporting on false balance

Wonder if the “news media critic in chief” spotted that?

From today’s New York Times, we learn that “Obama Is An Avid Reader, and Critic, of the News,” as the... More

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Required skimming: campaign finance

Here’s how to follow the money

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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Listen: Swing States Project staffer on weak coverage of Bain dispute

“This story isn’t going away”

On Friday, Brendan Nyhan, The Swing States Project’s New Hampshire correspondent, talked with On the Media’s Bob Garfield about shortcomings... More

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Another recommended LAT read on campaign finance

The paper offers a timely look at the disclosure fight

Last month, The Swing States Project singled out the good work of the Los Angeles Times’s Matea Gold and Joseph... More

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Live from Tampa and Charlotte: it’s NYT and BuzzFeed

We get what they get from this political convention reporting partnership—what’ll we get?

One way to generate news during the ample down time at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions is to "frantically... More

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Watch: Swing States Project staffer on coverage of gaffes, changes at GOOD, and Mitt’s Mormonism

Campaign coverage is “turning the candidates into sitcom characters”

Earlier this week, Anna Clark, Michigan correspondent for CJR’s Swing States Project, appeared on bloggingheads.tv’s The Posner Show. Below, watch... More

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Outrage angle covered—now how about those gas price claims?

Here’s how the Denver Post and other battleground outlets can do better on the energy debate

Last week, the Denver Post ran a short “local news” piece headlined, “Political billboards in Colorado use energy policy to... More

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Broadcasters sue to keep political ad buy data offline

They allege the ruling violates the First Amendment

The National Association of Broadcasters—which represents parent companies of NBC, CBS, and Fox, among others—yesterday moved to halt the Federal... More

Energy Ad War Revs Up in Battleground States

Brace yourselves, reporters, and revisit our toolbox and chat

It’s coming, the New York Times reported on Monday, the start of that “major anti-Obama advertising blitz” from the largest... More

Flashback: Super Tuesday 2008 (Vote-zilla!!!)

Today is Super Tuesday! Or, "'pretty good' Tuesday," as MSNBC's delegate math whiz Chuck Todd put it in a wistful... More

Super PAC Reporting: Recommended Reading

Because you know you need to get up to speed

Maybe you know someone—a friend—who keeps hearing about Super PACs, knows he should know more about what they are, where... More

North Korean Newspaper Goes English on Web

Last month, on the occasion of the passing of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, I reviewed the 1983 Pyongyang-published book,... More

Best of 2011: Liz Cox Barrett

From Nevada to Paint Creek, Barrett picks her top stories from 2011

Unpacking Rory Reid’s 91 PACs Maneuver Where there are campaign finance laws, there are work-arounds. And Jon Ralston, as... More

The Great Teacher of Journalists: Kim Jong-il

How the Dear Leader was (and was not) like your editor

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il has died. A couple of days, perhaps, after the Dear Leader passed, the state news... More

Hints of Ben Smith’s BuzzFeed Move?

Early today, Politico's Ben Smith announced that he will be "giving up this blog" (the recently renamed and relaunched "Ben... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

I’m a black journalist quitting media because I’m sick of racism (TNR)

“Among the challenges that make racism so difficult to fix, and so odiously constant, is that white people often don’t even recognize when they’re saying or doing something that cuts their black colleagues to the bone”

High Times hits middle age (NYMag)

After 40 years, every issue still features a weed centerfold

Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

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