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Will the Real Richard Wolffe Please Step Forward?

"TV is about impressions." So said Newsweek's Richard Wolffe on CNN's "Larry King Live" last night. And in watching Wolffe's... More

Washington Post 3, New York Times 1

Following Friday night's debate, Campaign Desk was struck by the stark differences between the "fact-checking" efforts of two major newspapers.... More

Didn’t Fly the First Time, Doesn’t Fly Now

What's worse than your typical desperately speculative swing voter story? A recycled desperately speculative swing voter story. With so many... More

The Evolving Factcheck

By Liz Cox Barrett and Thomas Lang On October 5, four years ago, in the hour following the vice presidential... More

98 Times (For the 98th Time …)

Just when Campaign Desk was momentarily heartened by a flurry of fact-checking -- what a novel concept! -- by the... More

Mark’s Morning Message

By Liz Cox Barrett Editor's note: For two days, Campaign Desk's Liz Cox Barrett joined Senator John Edwards' traveling press... More

The Care, Feeding, and Habitat of the Traveling Press

Editor's note: For two days this week, Campaign Desk's Liz Cox Barrett joined Senator John Edwards' traveling press corps as... More

Where Is Johnny?

By Liz Cox Barrett Editor's note: For two days this week, Campaign Desk's Liz Cox Barrett joined Senator John Edwards'... More

The Dark Arts of Predictive Punditry

At this late date in the election season, Campaign Desk is as weary as the next person of conflicting poll... More

Mike Jenner on His Editorial Outburst, The Press’ Focus on the Immediate Rather Than the Significant, and Fair and Balanced Listeners

Mike Jenner Mike Jenner is the executive editor of The Bakersfield Californian. He joined the Californian in 1993 as... More

Debategate Is Clanging Already

One week until Bush v. Kerry Round One, and the debates debate persists in the blogosphere this morning. "Dumb, Dumb,... More

“Security Moms” Are Everywhere!

Swing voters and polls, while a far cry from cream-colored ponies and crisp apple streudels, are a few of lazy... More

On Deadline? Here’s Your Headline!

What does it take to ensure that your sound bite gets past all those sophisticated hard-bitten scribes on the campaign... More

AP Chalks Up Another Contender

As a Campaign Desk reader pointed out, something strange is afoot in today's Associated Press story by Pauline Jelinek. The... More

Left, Right, All Have Questions and Want Answers

As November 2 draws ever closer, left-leaning bloggers are bottom-lining election 2004 -- pondering what the race boils down to... More

No Heavy Lifting Here Either

The angle on this one is "hidden" because the reporter chose not to pursue it at all. Today, the Associated... More

Getting It Right in 300 Words

This morning our palsied hands were momentarily steadied when a Campaign Desk reader (along with an Associated Press reporter with... More

More Hat Tips Tragically Cut Down in Their Adolescence

Seems lately like every time Campaign Desk reaches upward to tip our hat, our fingers spasm and convulse just before... More

Spinners Spin Selves

Campaign Desk has previously lamented cable shows whose ideas of "news" is to slap two campaign officials on air to... More

Frances and Clinton: This Is Campaign News?

Hurricanes and health scares rarely seem to produce journalism's finer moments (particularly so with broadcast journalism). Both are unpredictable, involve... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

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