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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

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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

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