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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

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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