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Call it Too Close To Call

Feeling uneasy this August? Not quite able to pinpoint the source of your anxiety? Never fear, the newsweeklies are here... More

Swing Sect?

Forget Punk Republicans. The Associated Press thinks it has found the real voting bloc that could determine the next president... More

Taking it Beyond He Said/She Said - Not Too Taxing After All

Today, one journalist makes the rare effort to examine and de-spin a campaign sound bite, and along the way to... More

Asking the Wrong Question

This morning, "Fox & Friends" co-hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade interviewed author Bernard Goldberg, and discussion centered around what... More

Star Search

By now, we all know that Ben is on the bus and Whoopi caused a fuss. And reading the coverage... More

Philip Gourevitch on “Flagging” Talking Points, Conflating Character and Personality, and Petty Press Fusses

Philip Gourevitch (courtesy of The New Yorker) Philip Gourevitch has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since... More

Old But Still Ugly

Wouldn't it be swell if journalists actually assisted readers and viewers in sorting through the claims and counterclaims coming from... More

Deadline Looming? Taxi!

If journalists can't find news at the Democratic Convention -- and, it seems, no one can -- they can always... More

You Can Set Your Watch By It

Two days on, the press is still nattering about the incident that, to some reporters' minds, vindicates the storyline they... More

Weapons-Grade Cliche

The secret's out: Teresa Heinz Kerry is John Kerry's "secret weapon," the Agence France Presse reports today. This sounded all... More

Expectations Great and Small

With just four days until Swifty the donkey makes his Boston debut, the convention-related expectations stakes is well underway. The... More

Talking Talking Points

Ever since Jon Stewart did that "keeping up on current events is hard" segment last week, seems everyone is talking... More

Bubble-itis, Boredom, and Bathroom Buddies - the Life of a Campaign Reporter

Last night, Campaign Desk tuned in to the Discovery/Times Channel's documentary, "Politics & The Media" -- enticed as much by... More

Today’s Special: Grilled Berger, With a Side of Speculation

BergerGate is burning up the blogosphere this morning. In a contortionistic feat, Andrew Sullivan manages, in one short post, to... More

Chant and Pose Voters

Journalists on the hunt for the latest and greatest swing voter, take note of Michael Ordona's piece in today's Los... More

Tony Blair, Elizabeth Edwards and “Normal People”

Monday mornings mean, among other things, that there's an entire weekend's worth of press output over which "pretend journalists" can... More

Points for Pointing Out Press Parroting Points

Last night, "The Daily Show"'s John Stewart tickled Campaign Desk's fancy with his segment on two of our pet topics:... More

Softballs for the Prez, Cookies for the Press

Last week, the National Journal's William Powers wondered why the political press doesn't cover campaign events like the highly staged... More

In the War Room

Two reporters from big-shot newspapers were, to the certain envy of their peers everywhere, granted one-day backstage passes to the... More

The Sincerest Form of Flattery

No need to read both Newsweek and Time in your dentist's waiting room this week. Once again, the two newsweeklies... 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”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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