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Estimating crowds: size matters

Reporters wrestle with the numbers as Romney and Ryan draw larger audiences

NORTH CAROLINA — The day after Mitt Romney announced Paul Ryan as his vice presidential pick, the two traveled here... More

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The man who explains politics in—and to—PA

When reporters need “here’s-what-it-all-means” context, they call Terry Madonna

PENNSYLVANIA — When it comes to understanding the foundations of Keystone State politics—and how citizens process rhetoric and choose candidates—one... 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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The best political listening tour

“Ordinary person” quotes in political stories can be banal. But when reporters invest the time, they can hear so much more

It is the paradox of political journalism: The most important aspect of a presidential campaign—how flesh-and-blood voters make up their... More

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Defining ‘open and accessible’ in Charlotte

Why reporters should write about the obstacles to covering the Democratic convention

In a special package looking ahead to the Democratic convention next month, Politico published an Aug. 2 opinion piece by... More

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In Ohio, misleading messages about military voting

The state’s major papers challenge claims about the motives behind an Obama lawsuit

OHIO — The heat of the rhetoric tossed around by the presidential campaigns here seems to be perfectly in tune... More

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How to measure the worth of Social Security

The AP rehashes an old idea

Is Social Security a good deal for workers? That’s the question the AP posed in an August 5 piece dredging... More

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On Vegas reporters on Reid on Romney

How Reid’s evidence-free claims about Romney’s taxes were covered in the Senate Majority Leader’s home state

NEVADA — Last week, The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein and Ryan Grim reported that Harry Reid told them that a... More

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What makes Paul Ryan tick?

The New Yorker defines the man who would remake the government

For those closely observing the attacks on Medicare and Social Security, Ryan Lizza’s New Yorker profile piece in the August... More

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Another factchecking fiasco

Journalistic failure in coverage of Harry Reid and his mysterious source

A week ago, The Huffington Post's Sam Stein and Ryan Grim published an article repeating Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's... More

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Romney likes Israeli healthcare

And the press takes a look at what it is. Whoa!

Thanks to Mitt Romney’s laudatory remarks about the Israeli health system during his trip to Israel, we now know a... More

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For Obama in Ohio, a mix of substance and pageantry

In Akron, coverage leans too far toward softer stuff, but other outlets do better

OHIO — These days there’s no danger of an Ohio news editor barking at a political reporter for hanging around... More

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Would the GOP turn away from the uninsured?

NPR identifies the party’s new thinking

NPR’s Julie Rovner deserves a shout-out for identifying what may be the GOP’s new thinking about healthcare—abandon the goal of... More

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Why did Mitt Romney really go to Israel?

Despite what you read, it probably had little to do with wooing undecided Jewish voters

With Mitt Romney in Israel last weekend, it seemed like the irresistible sidebar. So news organizations like The Washington Post... More

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The Gore-ing of Mitt Romney

Poisonous cycle of gotcha coverage and access restrictions recalls an earlier campaign

The profane confrontation between one of Mitt Romney’s press aides and reporters at the end of the presumptive GOP nominee’s... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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