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Row, Row, Row Your Boat - Backwards

Reporting today on a batch of new post-convention poll results that seem to show a minor bump in support for... More

Poll Position

The battle is on to spin (or un-spin, depending on how you look at it) the poll numbers coming out... More

Everyone’s a Critic

Reporting on the kickoff of John Kerry's coast-to-coast campaign swing which begins today, Darlene Superville of the Associated Press writes:... More

A Day in the Life of CNN’s Political Coverage

Campaign Desk decided to watch an evening of CNN's convention coverage, and identify where it went astray. It wasn't hard.... More

Whiffing on Warner’s Warning

Sometimes reporters need to be a little more skeptical about just why a certain story is coming along at a... More

Nautical Nonsense

It's no surprise, as Democrats gather in Boston, that John Kerry is the man of the hour in this week's... More

The First Casualty of War Is Truth

As we've noted before, Iraq is shaping up to be the defining issue in this presidential election. That's why it's... More

Treeing the Wrong Fox

How does a non-denial become a denial? Easy -- the press starts reading between the lines and presenting inference as... More

“Hunger”-ing for the Facts

An alert reader pointed out to us that, in reviewing an upcoming CIA report on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction,... More

Newsweek: In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

We were pleased to see Newsweek devote an online article to taking a critical look at the news media's campaign... More

There Are Republicans, and Then There Are “Republicans”

Here's another entry in the "promising more than you can deliver" file. Covering the fallout from Ron Reagan's decision to... More

Defective Smoke Alarm

In today's New York Times, Carl Hulse considers the attempt by Republican congressional candidates to use the issue of gay... More

One Man’s Flip Is Another Man’s Flop

The Bush campaign has been remarkably successful at getting the press to buy the notion that John Kerry is a... More

Our Roving Reporter

President Bush won New Hampshire in 2000 by just over 7000 votes, and the state is quietly shaping up to... More

Inspection Misdirection

Covering a speech by President Bush in Tennessee today, in which the president defended his decision to invade Iraq, Deb... 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

Bloggingheads

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

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