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Campaign Desk

On Bain Claims, Will Local Press Rise to the Challenge?

Connecting regional audiences to the national story is hard work. It’s also important.

COLORADO — When a big national story breaks, job one for a city or metro editor is to make it... More

Medicare Vouchers Explained

A conversation with the Brookings Institution’s Henry Aaron

In the Republican presidential debate Monday, Mitt Romney came out in favor of a "premium support program, which allows people... More

The Out-of-Context Quote as Gaffe

A closer look at coverage of “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me’”

NEW HAMPSHIRE — Michael Kinsley famously wrote that "A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth—some obvious truth he... More

Legal Immigrants Win in Massachusetts

But the political press misses the story

Today we begin a series of occasional posts that bring Campaign Desk readers up-to-date on the workings of Massachusetts health... More

In Florida, a Media Crush but Little News

Best coverage embeds Romney’s rally in more far-reaching reporting

FLORIDA — Reporters on either side of me were frantically jotting down quotes, desperately hoping that Mitt Romney would make... More

Gender Imbalance on the Campaign Trail

Voters skew female; reporters still do not

MANCHESTER, NH — The sea-green and white concrete gymnasium at Saint Anselm College was transformed this past Saturday night into... More

Nevadans Need a Closer Look at Romney’s Record

Some “facts and figures” might help make the Bain debate accessible to readers

NEVADA — There’s one critical question on the minds of many Nevadans these days: Will the jobs picture improve during... More

“Firing” your insurance in Romney’s Massachusetts

Romney’s remark Monday about firing your insurance company apparently harmed him little yesterday in the New Hampshire primary. But as... More

Primary Night on Elm Street

A nightmare assignment finally draws to a close

NEW HAMPSHIRE — Rich Girard, former Manchester alderman, is the host of Girard at Large, a Manchester-based current events talk... More

Why Might the Docs Be in a Fix?

A context-light, anecdote-heavy CNNMoney story fails to mention US’s high medical costs

Sacre bleu! Docs are going broke! Or so says CNNMoney in a story that is a great example of a... More

Twenty-Nine Hours on the Campaign Trail

And all I got was lost. (And, chicken fingers.)

NEW HAMPSHIRE — When covering New Hampshire, as with any primary, the general journalistic strategy is to trail the candidates... More

Political Reporters Must Be “Good Tour Guides”

A Denver Post column takes readers into the weeds

COLORADO — “Inside baseball” is a term journalists sometimes toss out when they’re deciding if an idea is story-worthy. “Is... More

Forget the Debates—Focus on the Air War!

Journalists are looking for attacks in all the wrong places

NEW HAMPSHIRE — Over the weekend, media coverage of the Republican presidential race focused on the lack of conflict in... More

Santorum Goes After Social Security

The AP covers Rick’s empty rhetoric

Noting the media’s trivial pursuit of rising star Rick Santorum, my colleague Erika Fry has called for more substantive reporting... More

A Night Out with National Review

Watching the GOP debate with the conservative flagship

MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE — Last night, finding myself unable to get tickets to the monster truck rally in the downtown... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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