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About That Santorum Surge

Let’s cover it with some restraint and self-awareness

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA — The media has been abuzz about Rick Santorum since Wednesday, when a CNN/Time/ORC International poll showed... More

Local TV News, Meet the Internet

Why are broadcasters trying to block political campaign transparency?

The FCC has proposed an important rule change that could make the political system more transparent. Amazingly, the trade associations... More

Seeking Truth in the Digital Storm

Colorado’s reporters search for ways to keep up with empowered campaigns

COLORADO — Reporter Patrick Malone answers quickly when asked to identify the hardest part of covering politics for his newspaper,... More

Examining Gingrich’s ‘Radical’ Rhetoric on Courts

National press, Iowa editors weigh in, but in-state reporters are mostly quiet

IOWA — As Newt Gingrich seeks to shore up his standing with Republican voters here in advance of the first-in-the-nation... More

The Kind of Medicare Story We’d Rather Not See

SmartMoney runs a lackluster listicle

Anyone reading SmartMoney’s take on Medicare would want to get granny off the program in New York minute. It was... More

A Rate-Regulation Case Study in Pennsylvania

When insurance rates are news—and when they are not

What’s so interesting about insurance rate regulation, and why is it worth reporting on? The topic has everything to do... More

Snapshot: Where Conservative Iowans Get Campaign News

A media diet heavy on talk radio and Fox News

IOWA — You heard it last week from an Iowa transplant: Iowans eat meatloaf, casserole and Jell-O molds. This was... More

Q&A: New York Times Iraq reporter Michael S. Schmidt

On finding classified documents in the trash, and transitioning from the sports beat

Several weeks ago, New York Times reporter Michael S. Schmidt, a foreign correspondent in the newspaper’s Baghdad bureau, went looking... More

The Coverage of Wyden-Ryan, Round One

Consensus building to privatize Medicare

Robert Pear’s New York Times piece “Support Builds for a Plan To Rein In Medicare Costs” seemed like a leak.... More

Don’t Have a Cow, Iowa

State’s reaction to Atlantic piece forgets its ironic tradition

Oh, there's nothing halfway About the Iowa way to treat you, When we treat you Which we may not... More

The Atlantic Gets Iowa Wrong

And in the process, urges national readers to ignore those hicks in the Heartland

IOWA — With less than three weeks until the Iowa caucuses, the country is beginning to lock its political gaze... More

Pinning Down the President

Challenging Obama for overpromising on health care

In an interview with President Obama on 60 Minutes Sunday night, it was apparent Steve Kroft was taking his questioning... More

For Whom Are Iowa’s Reporters Writing…

…If likely caucus-goers don’t trust (or even read) their campaign coverage?

IOWA — Here in the Hawkeye State, as in many other places, conservative skepticism about—if not outright distrust of—the “mainstream... More

Frozen Out in Florida

Campaign reporters face reduced access, reduced budgets

FLORIDA — Florida’s political reporters are a lonely bunch. Presidential candidates avoid them. Senior campaign staffers rarely return their calls... More

‘Stingy’ Campaigning Brings Reporting Opportunities

For now, Nevada’s political reporters aren’t running from rally to rally

NEVADA — Asphyxia is often fatal, so it’s probably not a good idea for political reporters in Nevada to hold... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

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

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