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Four stories to follow in Virginia

What the Commonwealth’s political reporters should focus on now

VIRGINIA — Election Day has come and gone, leaving many vital story threads for Virginia’s political reporters to continue to... More

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Was it Obama’s policies—or the pie?

Romney ad blames president for Virginia BBQ chain’s closure; locals point to the food, competition

VIRGINIA — As part of his closing pitch to voters here in Virginia, Mitt Romney went hog wild. It was... More

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In Virginia, skirmishes in the voting wars

O’Keefe sting, trashed voter forms lead to some solid coverage

VIRGINIA — With Election Day fast approaching and this swing state looming large in the contests for both the White... More

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Awash in ads in Roanoke

At WDBJ, welcome transparency and a commitment to coverage—but room for improvement, too

VIRGINIA — Much is always expected of those graced with favor. And when you consider that Virginia television stations this... More

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Hey, big spender

Virginia’s Senate race is drawing major outside spending—Bob Perry’s million bucks included. Reporters here have more to do

VIRGINIA — A millionaire homebuilder and frequent conservative political donor from Texas has contributed $1 million to the Virginia Senate... More

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Covering the role of coal in Virginia

Coal is central to the campaign message war and money story here—but reporting has not kept up

VIRGINIA — Mitt Romney likes coal. A lot. And the coal industry in Virginia likes Romney back. Unfortunately, there’s not... More

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After VA Senate debate, how to cover Kaine’s gaffe?

While most outlets include some policy coverage, WashPost sticks with a strategy story

VIRGINIA — If you’ve heard one thing about Thursday’s hour-long debate in McLean between Senate candidates George Allen and Tim... More

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As Senate ad war heats up, time for press to step up

Readers need closer scrutiny of campaign messages in Kaine-Allen contest

VIRGINIA — Presidential race advertising dominates swing state airwaves, but viewers in Virginia are also being bombarded with an influx... More

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To follow the political money: a wonderful tool

And Virginia’s newsrooms are under-using it

VIRGINIA—It might have been overwhelming for any newsroom to try to track the political advertising cash flowing into the Commonwealth... More

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Checking the foundation of ‘We Built It’

In many Virginia papers, coverage of McDonnell’s convention speech is a let-down

VIRGINIA — The Republican National Convention may be happening in Tampa, but the theme for the gathering’s opening Tuesday night—“We... More

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Last week’s GOP local TV blitz

What did candidates—and viewers—get from it?

VIRGINIA — The word “exclusive” is routinely devalued in broadcast political reporting and last week was no exception. Republicans Mitt... More

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A super resource on super PACs in Virginia

Early coverage puts VPAP database to good use, but there are opportunities to do more

VIRGINIA — Super PACs have been pouring money into Virginia for months, now, seeking to sway the presidential contest and... More

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Covering Paul Ryan’s big day in Virginia

The Times-Dispatch casts a wide net to deliver a strong package for its readers

VIRGINIA — You expect nuance and quantity from The Washington Post and The New York Times when it comes to... More

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In sports or politics, you can’t tell the players without a scorecard

Times-Dispatch coverage of voter registration controversy skimps on partisan angle

VIRGINIA — No matter the game, you’ve got to know who’s on whose team to keep up with the action.... More

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In VA, allegations of racism ignite a controversy

After national conservative media seize on a state senator’s words, local reporters pick up the story

VIRGINIA — The butterfly effect has been in effect here this week, as a Democratic state senator’s comments about racism... 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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