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Campaign Desk

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28 hours of political ads (and a few minutes of news)

Tallying the ad buys at six local TV stations for one Pennsylvania primary race

Pennsylvania — In the weeks before the April 24 primary here, folks in Northeastern Pennsylvania saw and heard a lot... More

Memo to Joe Nocera

Re: your vanishing retirement nest egg

Dear Joe: I have written to you before. The subject was Medicare, and how tricky it is to cover it.... More

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Network Anchors for Romney?

Campaign ads are making greater use of TV news footage. Is that a problem?

Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric, and David Gregory endorsing presidential candidates: Could it happen? Actually, it already is—though not quite in... More

How Adelson’s Cash Could Really Matter

And how solid campaign coverage can help voters see past the ad blitz

NEVADA — There’s an old adage that states, “He’s the best politician money can buy.” It’s an admittedly cynical phrase... More

Report Card on Social Security Trust Fund Coverage

An F for the headlines; a C- for the stories

This week, Social Security trustees issued their annual report on the program’s financial health. The news was expected: Social Security... More

Obama promises climate talk

But reporters will probably have to keep asking

Three cheers to Rolling Stone cofounder Jann S. Wenner for getting President Barack Obama to utter the words “climate change”... More

From Etch a Sketch to Hilary Rosen

The new Rule Book for reporting on outbreaks of feigned outrage

Unless you are voraciously waiting for the final tabulation of the write-in votes from the Delaware primary, these are the... More

Covering Ohio’s Changing Economy

Can reporters connect the candidates’ rhetoric to on-the-ground reality?

OHIO — Barack Obama and Mitt Romney traipsed their way through the Cleveland area last week, the start of what’s... More

In Colorado, Campaign Fundraising Stories Half-Told

What campaigns disclose ahead of disclosure deadlines won’t be the full story

COLORADO—The first rule of reporting is to be skeptical, or—maybe you’ve heard this one before?—if your mother says she loves... More

In a Social Campaign, What Role for the Press?

A conversation with UNC’s Daniel Kreiss

NORTH CAROLINA — Eight years since Howard Dean’s presidential run took the country by storm, how are the Internet and... More

In PA Primary, Television News is Late to the Game

An ad barrage, but little context, depth to local on-air reporting

PENNSYLVANIA — The battle between 10-term U.S. Rep. Tim Holden and his Democratic primary opponent, attorney Matt Cartwright, is dominating... More

When Ads Blur the Truth, Will Coverage Fight Back?

Clarity within news stories can correct dubious claims

NORTH CAROLINA — With the 2012 campaign coverage beginning in earnest, journalistic fact-checking efforts are getting underway in this key... More

How the Media Has Shaped the Social Security Debate

The press plays a dubious role

Shortly after the 2010 midterm elections, Washington Post budget correspondent Lori Montgomery reported that, while a debate raged around... More

The Campaign-Finance Stories That Don’t Get Written

Consultants and insiders feed the fundraising frenzy. How much do they make, anyway?

There was something comically self-evident about the headline on the story that led the April 13 print edition of The... More

EXTRA Unpacks the Media’s Medicare Coverage

Are journalists writing for doctors or for patients?

I don’t know Amy Poe, a writer and Medicare consumer based in Little Rock, Arkansas. But I like a piece... 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


High Times hits middle age (NYMag)

After 40 years, every issue still features a weed centerfold

Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

Bloggingheads

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

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