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Campaign Desk

Talking Shop: Yvonne Wenger

The Post and Courier’s statehouse reporter talks about covering South Carolina

Nowhere in the country is the fight over the stimulus bill more heated than in South Carolina. Governor Mark Sanford’s... More

The Economy Today: Who Will Lead?

Headlines from Colorado, Massachusetts, Oregon, and elsewhere

The government has extended a massive economic safety net to Americans, USA Today reports this morning. Benefits like Social Security,... More

The Economy Today: Hope Floats

Headlines from Texas, Idaho, North Carolina, Hawaii, and elsewhere

As the GM bankruptcy dominated headlines, President Obama asserted that the Chrysler bankruptcy offered a good blueprint for success. But... More

Sotomayor’s “Sweet” Side

Coverage of judicial nominee’s diabetes lacks breadth

Over the past week, members of the news media have talked a lot about SCOTUS nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s race and... More

Idle Wor$hip

The media’s love affair with celebrity economists and financiers

Ours is a media culture obsessed with celebrities. We care what celebrities think about politics: witness Alec Baldwin writing about... More

What a Young Reporter Learned from the UAW

Lessons about health care and other matters

There was a poignancy to Paul Solman’s News Hour interview Thursday with Ron Gettelfinger, the president of the United Auto... More

The Economy Today: Recession Sickness

Headlines from California, Maine, Pennsylvania, and Iowa

National news is all about the GM bankruptcy filing. The New York Times offers a particularly necessary bit of consumer-minded... More

Our Paradoxical Future

Expensive education may dampen Obama’s ambitions for healthcare and education

One seldom-mentioned aspect of efforts to provide all Americans with better educational opportunities, or to offer health insurance to everyone,... More

Baucus Watch, Part X

Disagreements surface among the Dems

As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Max Baucus holds the keys to health care reform; any health care... More

The Economy Today: Chapter 11

News from Detroit, Orlando, Fort Worth, Hanford and elsewhere

National headlines today focus on the news that General Motors will declare bankruptcy. The move, the largest industrial bankruptcy in... More

What the Heck Do the Senators Mean?

More clues about a public plan

Right before the holiday weekend, Ohio senator Sherrod Brown and twenty-seven other Democratic senators introduced a sense of the Senate... More

The Economy Today: Wait, How Much Did We Spend?

Headlines from New Mexico, Tennessee, Maine and elsewhere

The New York Times reports that, earlier this month, the Obama administration overstated (by “roughly a third”) how much of... More

Watching Sotomayor, Part II

If it’s a fight, define the sides better

We had our fingers crossed that coverage of Sonia Sotomayor’s SCOTUS nomination would manage to skirt the sort of reaction... More

Openness Ombudsman: Lucy Dalglish on the OGIS and FOIA

An interview with the RCFP’s executive director

Lucy Dalglish is the executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Earlier this year, CJR spoke... More

Talking Shop: Dennis Roddy

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter talks about the recession’s effects in western Pennsylvania

Dennis Roddy knows Pennsylvania. He’s been a general assignment reporter at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette since January 1993; before that, he... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

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

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