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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

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”

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