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Tracking campaign cash in the commonwealth

The Virginia Public Access Project helps political reporters and citizens follow the money

VIRGINIA — If you want to follow political money in Virginia—and there’s plenty of it here, as this is one... More

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Arbitrating the dispute over Romney’s history at Bain

Reporters and editors need a better approach to covering the controversy

NEW HAMPSHIRE — Last Tuesday, the Obama campaign released a new ad here and in eight other swing states that... More

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A sober look at healthcare after the ACA

The Los Angeles Times leads the way

Chad Terhune’s piece, “Supreme Court’s healthcare ruling: The outlook for California,” offered a clear-eyed look at the repercussions of the... More

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In defense of covering position papers and official statements

Most of the time, what politicians say is what they’ll do

In his latest Swing States column, Walter Shapiro grapples with the question of why campaign issue coverage is not only... More

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A state C-SPAN in North Carolina?

UNC report looks at solutions to increase reporting capacity

NORTH CAROLINA — When the North Carolina General Assembly reaches its frenetic final days in session, news organizations traditionally feel... More

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Spinning the Supreme Court’s healthcare decision

The press rides a PR tsunami on Obamacare

In the days before and after the Supreme Court’s decision, spin doctors were hard at work peddling their experts, positions,... More

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Why is ‘issue coverage’ so boring—and often wrong?

Slavish fidelity to campaign position papers and official statements short-changes voters

As we sipped red wine in Washington last week, Republican pollster David Winston suddenly asked me, “Why doesn’t the media... More

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Climbing the Medicaid mountain

The press is starting to master the policy angles. Now for the people

The Affordable Care Act envisions a major expansion of health insurance in America, with some 30 million Americans gaining coverage.... More

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Why are lame ducks still raising campaign funds?

The Detroit Free Press takes a look at the books of 22 state lawmakers

MICHIGAN — Who pays attention to lame-duck politicians during a restive election year? The Detroit Free Press does, and the... More

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(Not) going to the candidates’ debate

Why are federal candidates in Florida ducking debates?

FLORIDA — Former Miami Herald humor columnist Dave Barry once wrote: “I can win an argument on any topic, against... More

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‘Turning point’ claims ‘in tatters’

After historic health care decision, some commentators set out on fruitless search for campaign narrative

Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision upholding most of the Affordable Care Act has vast implications for health policy in this country... More

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Political money talks. PolitiFact Virginia listens—and then talks back

As campaign ads swamp the Commonwealth, site aims to “explain what the facts are”

VIRGINIA — Need proof that Virginia is a battleground state in the 2012 election? In one recent week, the presidential... More

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The new media narrative: ‘no-policy’ Romney

Three things reporters should remember as they press Romney for policy details

Lately, Mitt Romney is losing his reputation in the media as a politician who constantly flip-flops from one policy position... More

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Another recommended LAT read on campaign finance

The paper offers a timely look at the disclosure fight

Last month, The Swing States Project singled out the good work of the Los Angeles Times’s Matea Gold and Joseph... More

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Explaining how Ohio ‘really works’

Columnist Thomas Suddes works in the political “lab” that is the Buckeye State

During the somewhat less frantic months of the presidential campaign season—between the primaries and the nominating conventions—the Swing States Project... 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


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

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