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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

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

In the digital sphere, ‘magazine’ = money (Digiday)

“A single page in a glossy magazine could be discounted by more than half its open rate and still get an effective CPM of about $70. Online display ad CPMs average under $3”

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

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