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Campaign Desk

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

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

Bloggingheads

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

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