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MSNBC Gets Punk’d

They're ba-ack! MSNBC's Michael E. Ross today discovers "Punk Republicans," an exotic species previously identified by The New York Times,... More

Sun Rises In The East, Kerry Said

The Associated Press's Nedra Pickler today takes "he said/she said" campaign reporting to new heights -- or depths -- in... More

Swing(ing) Voters

The never-ending search for the demographic group that will swing the election has taken reporters down some strange roads. The... More

Jill Lawrence on Flip-Floppers of Yore, Making “The Daily Show,” and Campaign Swag

Jill Lawrence (Courtesy USA Today) Jill Lawrence has covered politics for USA Today since 1996. She has reported on... More

Eat, Drink and Beat Kerry

On any given day, the blogosphere offers a virtual smorgasbord of convictions, conflicts and criticisms, sustaining readers of all political... More

Four Legs Good, Two Legs Bad, Press Coverage Really Bad

All happy political animals are alike, but each unhappy political animal is unhappy in its own way. Today, the Political... More

Reporters: Asset, or Achilles’ Heel?

Campaign Desk has commented more than once on the increasingly stale media debate: Teresa Heinz Kerry, asset or Achilles' heel?... More

What We Would Do If We Were You

Advice may be more agreeable in the mouth (or, in this case, on the keyboard) than in the ear, but... More

Fear and Gnawing in Palm Beach

On Monday, Campaign Desk pointed to stories by the Associated Press's Ron Fournier and The New York Times' Adam Nagourney,... More

Gerhart On (And Behind) The Scene

Yesterday, Campaign Desk applauded a few reporters' passing efforts to shed light on the behind-the-scenes machinations that produce compliant, cheering... More

Covering Crowd Control

One staple in from-the-campaign-trail stories is a passing description of the welcoming, applause-ready crowds gathered to hear candidates' stump speeches.... More

Reply Hazy, Try Again … Again … Again …

This week has magazine scribes raising sweeping questions and relying on a range of sources to supply a range of... More

Reporters, Like Bees and Dogs, Can Smell Fear

Democrats are afraid. We know ... because the Associated Press's Ron Fournier told us so on Friday, in a "newsview"... More

The Story Behind the Stereotype Story

By Liz Cox Barrett On Monday The Washington Post introduced readers to one Britton Stein of Sugar Land, Texas, in... More

You Wear What You Are

In reporting on Sen. John Kerry's appearance in Wheeling, West Virginia yesterday, The Charleston Daily Mail's Josh Hafenbrack briefly touched... More

Whose Economy?

In today's USA Today Susan Page takes a look at how the economy might factor into this year's presidential election.... More

Reporters Stampeded by Alligator

On Tuesday, Sen. John Kerry spoke on several environmental issues in Tampa, Florida, and took questions -- one of which... More

In Hot Pursuit of … Folly

Yesterday we reported on a four alarm veepstakes flare-up. Today, The Boston Globe's Patrick Healy does his best to keep... More

Reporters Track … Mystery Reporter

Sen. John Edwards' appearance with Sen. John Kerry at a Florida "pool party" last evening stoked the veepstakes flames anew.... More

Why, Yes, I Think I Will

Campaign Desk recognizes that listening to the same campaign speech 103 times a month might get a bit stale for... 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


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!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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