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

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


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.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

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

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