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Campaign Desk

How I Got the Story: David McCraw

The lawsuit behind The New York Times’s Pulitzer-winning military analyst story

This is the first in an occasional series asking journalists and other media professionals to recount noteworthy open government and... More

Premature Legacy

Evaluating Barack Obama on Day 100

As we’ve noted before, much Obama coverage is eager to write history in advance of the present either by speculating... More

Specter of a Surprise

Was the senator’s switch really unexpected? No.

Surprising, unexpected, shocking, and stunning. Those are the adjectives the press used to disguise the collective OMG reaction to Pennsylvania... More

The Economy Today: Trickling In

News from Utah, Montana, Connecticut, and elsewhere

The big national headline this morning is another contraction in the economy, which shrank by 6.1 percent in the second... More

Defense by Numbers

More clarity needed on F-22 unemployment stats

The Washington Post today reports that contractors, labor unions, and trade groups claim cuts in federal weapons programs may put... More

Baucus Watch, Part VIII

What kind of public plan is the senator talking about?

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

Above the Fold: Ross Report Revisited

Kaiser on Stelter, Ross, and the 2007 CIA waterboarding interview

Brian Stelter reports on page one of The New York Times today that newly disclosed torture memoranda show how an... More

Today’s Economic Headlines: Gaps and Cuts

Economic news from Omaha, Detroit, Madison, and elsewhere

In national news, bank regulation will be on the agenda at the Supreme Court today, while the Senate and House... More

Toying with Climate Information

Media last week rife with stories of misdirection

The news media and blogs were rife with stories last week about politicians and journalists alike manipulating information related to... More

NY Fed Releases Geithner’s Schedule

But don’t go calling it a FOIA

Last night, on its Web site, The New York Times released a 5,000 word piece, by Gretchen Morgensen and Jo... More

Today’s Economic Headlines

How the country’s newspapers are covering the financial crisis

Here’s what the nation’s papers are writing about today. The Topeka Capital-Journal launches “Road Through Recession,” a local-focus series. Reporter... More

The Century Mark

Let’s go substantive on 100-day coverage

President Barack Obama’s hundredth day in office is approaching, and, as Howard Kurtz wrote on Friday (a.k.a. Day 95), it’s... More

The Recession is Making Us Fat

Eliminating the health-wealth divide

A recent Newsweek piece cautioned that “one of the most insidious health effects of a downturn is in the area... More

A Laurel to the Eagle-Tribune

Paper gets Astroturfed and smells a rat

The grassroots army is on the march. On Wednesday, Campaign Desk reported that health insurers have called up the grassroots... More

A Dart to the Buffalo News

Paper confuses Medicare Advantage news with insurance marketing tactics

The Dewey Square Group must have been pleased as punch to see the Buffalo News’s coverage of its Medicare Advantage... 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

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

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