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Q & A: Election Law Expert Richard L. Hasen

How the press fared covering the post-Citizens United landscape, and stories to do now

On the eve of the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court's controversial decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election... More

Who’s Afraid of a Little Passing Press Scrutiny?

Politico on the fundraising freshmen

They’re quick studies, the newest members of Congress, according to this story from Politico’s Kenneth P. Vogel. Vogel reports that... More

Tunisia “Mesmerized” Journalists

Worth a re-read, (especially) in light of current events in Tunisia: this CJR piece from November in which Justin D.... More

McClelland in Port-au-Prince

It's been one year, as of 4:53pm yesterday, since a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti. I highly recommend Mac McClelland's... More

On Haiti

It was a year ago, tomorrow, that Haiti experienced a devastating magnitude 7.0 earthquake. The AP's Jonathan M. Katz, the... More

PAC Man

USAT, NYT on skirting federal campaign donation limits (creatively)

How do potential presidential candidates circumvent donation-limiting federal campaign laws? Let us count the ways. There’s the federal PAC way.... More

Seeing Double (the Errors)

Explaining our complicated campaign finance system is, yes, complicated. How complicated? Ask the Malveaux twins. Suzanne Malveaux is a CNN... More

Best of 2010: Liz Cox Barrett

Barrett picks her top stories from 2010

Target Corp.'s "Perfect Storm." Target was but one of several Minnesota-based companies to spend corporate money on election 2010, as... More

And The Winner Is

An argument for including TV news chyrons in CJR's The Lower Case feature ("headlines that editors probably wish they could... More

More On Outside Interests Inside Sacramento

Mercury News updates “sponsored bills” investigation

The San Jose Mercury News's Karen de Sá has filed an update to her excellent series on "sponsored bills" in... More

Pip Pip Cheerio, “Awful” Newspapers

Kevin Connolly, who has covered the USA for the BBC for the past three years, has written a Farewell, America... More

A Midsummer Donation Spike, With Context

Reports from recent campaign finance reports

There is much that can not be found in publicly available federal campaign finance reports: the identities of all the... More

On Givhan

For some fifteen years, Robin Givhan has served as fashion critic for the Washington Post which, Stephen Colbert once observed,... More

Comforting the Afflicted

From a New York Times piece today about "high-end junk-food purveyors that have popped up around Capitol Hill recently:" Very... More

Coalition to Protect Workplace Lollygaggers

Need a Monday morning study break? Try out the Political Action Committee (PAC) Name Generator, created by the Sunlight Foundation... More

The Ongoing Burmese “Information Challenge”

Over at PBS MediaShift, Simon Roughneen has a fascinating report on the ongoing difficulties of "getting the news out of... More

So You Want to Talk to the Governor?

The word “promise” comes up

It's February, maybe March, of 2010. You're a political reporter frantically seeking face or phone time with Governor David Paterson... More

From “Arab Newsrooms,” Day Two

Yesterday, Foreign Policy’s Marc Lynch and Meris Lutz at the LA Times’s Babylon & Beyond blog both took a look... More

Diplomatic Cable Writing “A Bit Like Journalism”

Slate today has an Explainer addressing two basic questions raised by Cablegate: "What's a diplomatic cable? And why is the... More

Ugly American(isms)

At The Guardian's Mind Your Language blog, David Marsh defends against a common reader complaint that "too many 'Americanisms'" appear... More

Why The New Yorker’s radical feminism and transgenderism piece was one-sided - “This effectively advances the views of a group that wants to see the genocide of trans women, a group that, data shows, faces extraordinarily high rates of discrimination in every measurable way”

Journalism groups rally around a petition supporting James Risen - The Supreme Court ruled against the NYT reporter, who is refusing to reveal sources

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Gannett’s changes bring excitement, some pain, and a full-time beer beat - A conversation with Joshua Awtry, the chain’s top editor in the Carolinas

Build the future - Journalism’s deathwatch is over


Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

Journalists can get PTSD right at their desks (PSmag)

A new study correlates exposure to violent images with mental health symptoms

Bloggingheads

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

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