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Campaign Desk

Q&A: Dennis Myers, news editor of Reno News & Review

On “inch-deep” campaign coverage and “manufactured” candidates

NEVADA—Dennis Myers, news editor of the weekly Reno News & Review, probably wouldn’t mind being called “old school.” A veteran... More

The Top Campaign Finance Tools for Local News Sites

And how can smaller newspapers and TV stations get this info before their audiences?

COLORADO — In my post last week on the emerging network of watchdog sites that document the role of money... More

Charlotte Journalists Tell Their City’s Story

Four local experts flesh out the political scene in North Carolina

NORTH CAROLINA — Here in Charlotte, the longtime second fiddle of the New South, the idea of conflict is a... More

The Dangers of Silly Season

How bored reporters and social media can hype fake controversies and spread misinformation

When Rick Santorum suspended his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination on Tuesday, he removed any remaining doubt that Mitt... More

The War of the Dentists and their Competitors

A shout-out to Kansas Public Radio

Every once in a while an interesting, well-done piece from public radio comes along that makes you think. This week... More

On the Trail of Maddow’s Michigan ‘Scoop’

The MSNBC host botched the story in important ways. She should still stay on it

MICHIGAN — A big story is unfolding here in Michigan, and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow last week professed to have the... More

In Ohio, a Good Look at Oil and Gas Influence

After strong work from Dispatch, Plain Dealer notes lawmaker’s sudden fundraising success

OHIO — Money has long been a lubricant that keeps politicians running. So it is only natural that this state’s... More

Energy Ad War Revs Up in Battleground States

Brace yourselves, reporters, and revisit our toolbox and chat

It’s coming, the New York Times reported on Monday, the start of that “major anti-Obama advertising blitz” from the largest... More

As Santorum Moves On, So Does the Coverage

Some quick, quality analysis in Pennsylvania mixes with lack of links, context

This post has been updated. See note at bottom PENNSYLVANIA — When Tuesday broke, it looked like Rick Santorum's Easter... More

The Heartbeat-Away Derby is Under Way

Treating the veepstakes like another political horse race produces lame conclusions

Now that Mitt Romney is the de facto Republican nominee, the political press corps can indulge in a compulsion as... More

Where to Turn When Tackling Money-in-Politics Stories

A wealth of watchdog sites make campaign-finance data accessible, easy to work with

COLORADO—Edwin Bender knows the value of a good follow-the-money story. Bender is the executive director of the National Institute on... More

Narrowcasting the 2012 Election

Why media polls that slice and dice the electorate could miss the big picture

NEW HAMPSHIRE — With Mitt Romney’s hold on the GOP nomination becoming too obvious to deny, horse race enthusiasts in... More

WellPoint Raises Rates Again

And the national press looks the other way

Anthem Blue Cross—a subsidiary of WellPoint, the country’s second largest insurer—and its 39 percent rate increase in California became somewhat... More

Filling the Gaps in the Tar Heel State

Nonprofit news sites offer alternative views, more depth to North Carolina’s residents

NORTH CAROLINA — In August 2010, Sarah Ovaska took a big chance. Ovaska, a city hall reporter at The News... More

Detroit News Offers Smart Take on Family Planning Feud

But reporters should have talked to, not just about, women

MICHIGAN—The latest USA Today/Gallup poll of presidential swing states, released over the weekend, shows President Obama with his first lead... 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”

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

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