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Press Can’t Keep Hands Off Non-Story

Every day, campaign "stories" (or storylines) concocted in the shadowy back alleys of the world wide web seep into the... More

Sorry, We’ve Gone to the Movies

Imagine, for a moment, a political press corps that approached and covered presidential campaigns like the high-budget Hollywood spectacles that... More

Elizabeth Edwards Gets the Once-Over Lightly

A vacuum yawns before the campaign press. With the veepstakes at last put to bed, how ever will political reporters... More

C Is For Cookie (Or Maybe C-Minus)

While pundits digest the news of a Kerry-Edwards ticket (and regurgitate both campaigns' talking points on the matter), Campaign Desk... More

Reporters Touch Down in Small Towns

On Monday, Campaign Desk pointed to a Washington Post piece nominating the "hook and bullet" crowd (hunting and fishing enthusiasts,... More

Press Girds Loins as Big Time Leaves Undisclosed Location

The vice president, it seems, has cursed his way back onto reporters' radar screens. Whether prompted by the f-word episode... More

Says Who? Says You

It's only Wednesday, but The Boston Globe's Glen Johnson is already in the hunt for this week's unsupported lead prize.... More

Profiles in Source Greasing

Having done the veepstakes to death, awaiting the conventions or another naughty word from a White House official, what's a... More

Hooking This Week’s Cliche

Every few weeks, campaign reporters go fishing for the new new thing -- that elusive cluster of voters with a... More

Kerry: Beauty and the Beast

By Liz Cox Barrett Once upon a time, not so very long ago, there was a senator named John who... More

Deborah Orin on Snobby Broadsheets, a Non-Palsy White House, and Stories that Write Themselves

Deborah Orin Deborah Orin has been The New York Post's Washington, D.C. bureau chief since 1988, and has covered every... More

Press Backpedals, Prez Peddles, Bloggers Puzzle

At The Captain's Quarters, Captain Ed goes Campaign Desk today, pounding the press for its coverage of the John-McCain-as-potential-Kerry-VP story.... More

JacketGate and Bulbs Bright and Dim

It may be the same old same old in mainstream campaign coverage this week -- stale veepstakes speculation, more on... More

Tempted by the Kool-Aid

Today The Boston Globe's Glen Johnson reports on how recent developments -- a decline in jobless numbers, Bush's recent overtures... More

Claws Are Out, Blogsters Are In

We know it's Monday, but this morning the Political Animal comes off a bit catty (which reminds us, we miss... More

The Power of the Shock Jock’s Flock

Today, the New York Times' Adam Nagourney serves up a piece on the "undecided voter," that 5 percent of the... More

Punching the Reheat Button

Campaign Desk saw it coming: a slow week for campaign news, the kind of week in which aimless reporters with... More

As Goes Pittsburgh, So Goes … ?

Campaign Desk wondered what the political press would do with its time this week with both candidates off the trail... More

Remembering the Past, Pontificating About the Present, Infesting the Future

No, you're not diplopic. And the identical cover images of a grinning, cowboy-hat-and-denim-shirt-donning Ronald Reagan are just the start of... More

Votes, Quotes (and Dirt), Fresh from the Oven

By Liz Cox Barrett The day after Earth Day 2004, the Republican National Committee rolled out SUV-gate. "DON'T BLAME ME... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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