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In sports or politics, you can’t tell the players without a scorecard

Times-Dispatch coverage of voter registration controversy skimps on partisan angle

VIRGINIA — No matter the game, you’ve got to know who’s on whose team to keep up with the action.... More

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Follow the story, not the agenda

How to (and how not to) cover campaign “events,” like Biden’s recent Detroit speech

MICHIGAN — You show up, jot down a few quotes, take in a bit of scenic color, and translate it... More

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Does journalistic ‘balance’ hurt America?

What if Washington’s dysfunction was mostly one party’s fault: A Q&A with Thomas Mann

Thomas Mann, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Norman Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute,... More

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Big ad spending, little press scrutiny

NC journalists need to stay on the story of the political ad spending spree

NORTH CAROLINA — It’s hotter than usual in North Carolina this summer. And much of the heat is coming from... More

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In VA, allegations of racism ignite a controversy

After national conservative media seize on a state senator’s words, local reporters pick up the story

VIRGINIA — The butterfly effect has been in effect here this week, as a Democratic state senator’s comments about racism... More

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What to remember about the ‘war over women’

Press is right to focus on the contest, but polls showing major shift deserve a closer look

OHIO — Both presidential campaigns this week made one thing clear—they’re intent on wooing this state’s women voters. First Lady... More

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Medicare and misinformation

Is my premium rising? A beat memo for reporters

Two weeks ago a Midwest businessman sent an email to a long list of his senior friends warning that their... More

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The press botches the tax debate—again

Narratives and ignorance trump accuracy in descriptions of Democratic proposal

NEW HAMPSHIRE — Yesterday, the Senate held symbolic votes on a pair of high-profile tax bills with important implications for... More

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With a series of strong stories, Sun’s Damon shines

Articles ID big-money groups, track transparency battles, and call out a “laughable” ad

NEVADA — One need only look at the last week’s worth of work by Las Vegas Sun reporter Anjeanette Damon... More

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False balance and the Medicare scare

Who’s been telling the truth in Florida?

Last Thursday the president made a campaign stop in Florida, and—surprise, surprise—he talked about Medicare. Or at least he talked... More

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Follow-the-money stories Colorado reporters should do

Some suggestions for what to look at now and where to look

COLORADO — Back-to-back disasters—massive wildfires, followed by Friday morning’s horrific movie-theater massacre outside of Denver—have rocked newsrooms here, including that... More

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On Florida’s ‘anything but monolithic’ Hispanic voters

Miami Herald, Tampa Bay Times raise the reporting bar

FLORIDA — One of the most wearisome elements of media coverage of the 2012 election campaign is the often trite... More

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How undisclosed money works its way in

OpenSecrets, Morning Call report on “financial gymnastics” in PA Senate primary

PENNSYLVANIA — The US Senate primary here may be over, but the work of understanding how the contest was played—and... More

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Quest for science debate continues

15 top science organizations press Obama, Romney for answers

The quest for a scientific tête-à-tête between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney continues. On Thursday, 15 top science and engineering... More

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The specter of ‘Socialized Medicine’ rides again

In the Massachusetts Senate race, no less

Now that the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land and its system of private insurance, private doctors,... More

The Tea Party is timeless - Richard Hofstadter’s Anti-Intellectualism In American Life reviewed

How misinformation goes viral: a Truthy story - Conservative media’s reaction to an Indiana University project shows how shoddy information can quickly become an online narrative

Do you know Elise Andrew? - The creator of the Facebook page “I fucking love science” is journalism’s first self-made brand

Goodbye and good luck to all of us - Dean Starkman on leaving CJR

When quitting goes viral - Thanks to social media, resignations get a global audience


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

Awareness, #Awareness, and Ray Rice (The Classical)

The coverage of Ray Rice’s punch is not translating into offering information on domestic violence

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