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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

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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