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In Virginia, skirmishes in the voting wars

O’Keefe sting, trashed voter forms lead to some solid coverage

VIRGINIA — With Election Day fast approaching and this swing state looming large in the contests for both the White... More

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Detroit papers on Romney’s misleading Jeep ad

A campaign ad airs in Ohio but gets a close (sometimes muddled) look from Detroit reporters

MICHIGAN — Over the weekend, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney began running a new 30-second ad in Ohio in which... More

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Pundits versus probabilities

The misguided backlash against Nate Silver

Who will win the presidential election next Tuesday? Until recently, the market for analysis of questions like these has been... More

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The most potent spin: lies campaigns tell themselves

Plus: is a split between the popular vote and Electoral College really so rare?

DENVER — The dirty secret of campaign journalism for the next 11 days is that there is no way for... More

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The universality of health reporting

Lessons from five European journalists

Last week 112 journalists and academics from 12 countries met in Athens to talk about health reporting—the nitty-gritty of engaging... More

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The momentum behind a misleading narrative

Why reporters have been getting the polls wrong in the presidential race

On Thursday night, Politico beat a retreat in the great momentum debate of 2012. The site's Glenn Thrush and Jennifer... More

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Ask Obama This: Will we have to be older to get Medicare?

We know about Romney’s vouchers, but the president is quiet on the subject of raising eligibility

Over the final days of the campaign, CJR is running a series of pieces under the headline “Ask Obama This”... More

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In Ohio, campaign coverage is anti-social

Reporting on candidates’ social media strategies is largely absent in key battleground

OHIO — Anyone even remotely plugged into the 21st century is well aware that the presidential campaigns, and to a... More

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Ask Obama This: Can you imagine criminal justice reform?

A nearly forgotten topic that impacts the budget, families, and communities

Over the final days of the campaign, CJR is publishing a series of pieces under the headline “Ask Obama This”... More

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‘Pittsburgh is getting pounded’ by ads

Top priority race for parties is disturbingly low on local TV news radar

PENNSYLVANIA — Don’t cry for Pennsylvania. “Save the tears for Pennsylvania’s TV stations passed over by the presidential race,” advised... More

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The Ad Wars: Obama’s special message in Spanish

A review of Obama’s and Romney’s Spanish-language TV ads finds contrasts in style, strategy, and sophistication

Barack Obama gazes directly into the camera and speaks in his warmest baritone. “In the young people known as the... More

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Ask Obama and Romney this: Where is Africa?

An enormous opportunity for the US could slip past

Over the final days of the campaign, CJR is running a series of pieces under the headline “Ask Obama This”... More

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Covering the search for noncitizen voters

AP’s Ivan Moreno won well-deserved praise for staying on the (incredible shrinking) story in Colorado

COLORADO — A young Associated Press reporter has won accolades for staying on the story of the search for noncitizen... More

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Ask Obama and Romney This: What if China squares off with Japan?

An emerging, and little discussed, dilemma

Over the final days of the campaign, CJR is running a series of pieces under the headline “Ask Obama This”... More

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Scare-mongering from CBS

Bad reporting on Social Security—again

The other night CBS Evening News brought forth another gloom and doom story about Social Security. Like others from the... 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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