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Pushing back, making connections

Michigan political reporters have a job to do

MICHIGAN — Quinn Klinefelter is a longtime news editor at WDET, the National Public Radio station in Detroit. His voice... More

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In Nevada, a candidate’s fecklessness on full display

Some sharp interview questions leave a congressional hopeful squirming

NEVADA — In this state, where it’s legal to carry an unconcealed handgun, John Oceguera, the Speaker of the Nevada... More

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Mapmaker, mapmaker, make me a map…

A glut of “swing-state” stories risks inspiring false certainty about the coming election

For a newspaper that believes that a decent fraction of its readers know that Kurt Weill wrote the music for... More

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How an anti-tax HIT squad employs the press

“We’re pitching things and hope people run it. We’re not paying for ads”

The small-business community has revved up its campaign to repeal a tax on insurance companies intended to help finance subsidies... More

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In Ohio, political money gets around

Dayton Daily News shows how local lawmakers shuffle campaign donations to cash-strapped colleagues

OHIO—A thorough peek behind a curtain of campaign cash this week by the Dayton Daily News shed real light on... More

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A (blurry) snapshot of influence peddling

Finding out who paid $10,000 to party with Congress members remains a reporting challenge

COLORADO—A CBS News undercover video of a Republican fundraiser earlier this year gave viewers a tantalizing glimpse of a $10,000-a-head... More

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Obama ‘evolves,’ Romney ‘flip-flops’

As the candidates’ positions change, reporters construct differing narratives

NEW HAMPSHIRE—Are Barack Obama and Mitt Romney so different after all? Despite the media’s portrayal of Romney as a uniquely... More

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Reporting on the hand that feeds

In North Carolina, TV news reporters find stories in their stations’ political ad buy data

NORTH CAROLINA—On April 27, the Federal Communications Commission made what CJR called “a good step toward transparency in the realm... More

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Who you calling ‘working-class’?

Some things for the political press to think about as it covers Campaign 2012

Attention all political reporters and editors. If you don’t know about the Center for Working-Class Studies at Youngstown State, in... More

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Healthcare: Do Americans get too much—or too little?

A shout-out to Remapping Debate

We’ve become accustomed of late to stories telling us we get too much healthcare. We get too much of the... More

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The Rubio romance

For the national press, a harder look is in order

FLORIDA — Much of the national media appears to be in love with Florida’s junior senator—Republican Marco Rubio. Back on... More

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New rules on political ads: how to mine them

Finding gold may require a group effort

A gold mine of data will soon be available to help make our political system more transparent, thanks to the... More

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What’s the right way to cover Joe the Plumber?

Reporters in northern Ohio bring scrutiny to bear on an unusual candidate

OHIO — There’s no telling how handy Joe the Plumber is with a wrench, but he’s certainly mastered the art... More

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Memo to Kevin Drum

Mediocre stories about Social Security are not okay

Dear Kevin: I have not written to you before, but I do know your work from the health reform debate.... More

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In an age of walled-off candidates, longing for LBJ

Caro’s latest opus offers a strong case for the enduring value of journalistic access

The pivotal chapter on the 1960 Democratic Convention in The Passage of Power, the just-published and justly heralded fourth volume... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

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


‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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