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Campaign Desk

Cain’s Other Scandal

In case you missed it, frontrunner Herman Cain is facing allegations, reported last night by Politico, that he sexually harassed... More

POWs, Dead Dictators, and Journalistic Ethics

Would any journalist have turned down the opportunity to interview Gilad Shalit?

The young Iranian prisoner was no more than fourteen, still caked with a thick layer of dust from the battlefield.... More

The Massachusetts Disconnect

Another health reform lesson from the Bay State

Much of the national press took a pass last week on another important “study says” story out of Massachusetts. This... More

Salazar Calls for Coverage

Interior Secretary highlights underreported environment stories

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar had a few tips for environmental journalists last week about under-covered stories on their... More

AP Gives Half a Loaf on Long-Term Care

More reporting needed from the wire service

When the CLASS Act, a part of the health reform law that would have begun to establish a national program... More

A Grand Year for Free Speech

Gaddafi’s death just one indicator of the global surge in free expression

Not since the disintegration of the Soviet Union have so many opponents of free expression quickly fallen from executive power.... More

The Human Faces behind the Social Security Rhetoric

Good work from CBS News

Finally, a mainstream media outlet has broken through the dominant narrative about Social Security and showed what the program means... More

The Herman Cain Method

The press hints his campaign isn’t serious. Doesn’t its success suggest otherwise?

Herman Cain, are you running for president? Or are you just busing around the country, dropping into debates and Sunday... More

Requiem for the CLASS Act

Long-term care program’s death sends signals the press isn’t receiving

On Friday, the stepchild of health reform died at the hands of the Obama administration, and the obits for the... More

Does Rick Perry Have Fire in His Belly?

How could The Washington Post possibly know?

Other than the continuing gravity-defying nature of Herman Cain’s book tour run for president, the big horse race story of... More

Good Work from the Times on Rate Increases

Shedding light on insurance company secrets

Proving that not every story has to be a zillion words long or analyze a zillion data points to break... More

CJR’s Assignment Desk, Part I

Hospitals sell emergency room care

This summer, Phil Galewitz of Kaiser Health News wrote an intriguing piece published in The Washington Post about hospitals that... More

Watch Out For ‘Walmart Moms’

They hold the key to the 2012 election—according to Walmart

You’ve heard of Soccer Moms and Nascar Dads, but how about Walmart Moms? If you haven’t, you will, judging from... More

Politico Primary: Down the Rabbit Hole

Only in DC could Hillary, Condi, and Erskine be considered a break from the ‘governing class’

I don’t begrudge the folks at Politico their decision to launch a gimmicky new feature called “Politico Primary,” in which... More

Golden Teeth Redux

A Dallas TV station investigates the state’s Medicaid shenanigans

Byron Harris, the dogged investigative reporter for Dallas, Texas television station WFAA, has come up with two more installments in... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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

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