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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

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.