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Campaign Desk

Paul Krugman on Journalistic Balance

The missing voices

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman addressed the cult of balance in the debt debate Friday when he wrote: News... More

Passing Bad Checks

Boehner’s “blank check” line demands context reporters aren’t providing

This week, in Washington’s war of attrition over the debt ceiling, the media has had many a political soundbite tossed... More

A President Independent of Whom, Exactly?

L.A. Times sizes up a nonpartisan nonprofit’s opaque funding

So, speaking of Americans Elect, the new, webby way to pick a president that has Tom Friedman’s radical centrist heart... More

Grandparent of the Chained CPI

Some stories never die

Sarah Cohen, a professor at the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy at Duke, and a one-time reporter for... More

Tom Friedman: Still Wrong

More critics skewer the columnist’s pining for the ‘center’

In my Campaign Desk item on Monday, I expressed a fervent hope that more political writers would take on the... More

Covering the Chained CPI

Let me count the ways it can be done

There are five ways to cover the Chained CPI, a proposed new method for determining the cost-of-living (COLA) adjustments that... More

Tom Friedman’s ‘Radical’ Wrongness

Critics debunk—again—the NYT columnist’s ‘radical center’ dream

Over the weekend, The New York Times op-ed page published one of Tom Friedman’s periodic columns about the need for... More

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The Ritual

A video examination of Israel’s photojournalism apparatus in East Jerusalem and the West Bank

Israel has long been at the epicenter of photojournalism datelines. Today, even during a period of relative calm, the major... More

Social Security Cuts and the CLASS Act

Language, language, language

If the MSM is to be believed, soon we will know what cuts Congress has in mind for Social Security,... More

Not Politics as Usual

Congressional norms are breaking down—and day-to-day political reporting should acknowledge that fact

Politico has a story this morning about the likely-doomed nomination of Richard Cordray to head the new Consumer Financial Protection... More

A Headache of a Story

Bachmann’s health is in bounds, even if the scoop wasn’t

The story unfolded cryptically, sensationally, in the tabloid style that has chronicled so many starlet meltdowns and hospitalizations. Dziok’s departure... More

A Shout Out to The Palm Beach Post

A rare glimpse into the ways of for-profit health care

The Palm Beach Post deserves kudos for exposing how Florida governor Rick Scott conducted the business of his urgent care... More

Left, Right, and Off Target

PEJ report’s misguided focus on “ideology” in nonprofit journalism

A new report on non-profit news startups from the Project for Excellence in Journalism has been attracting a little bit... More

A Medicare Miss at the LA Times

Some fact-checking, please

Medicare is a bear to write about. It’s tough for beneficiaries to understand, and unclear news stories only serve to... More

A Voice for the Unemployed

Yahoo!’s haunting look at the lives of the long-term jobless

Had your fill of reading about who stormed out on whom, and who called whom “childish,” in the umpteenth round... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

Bloggingheads

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

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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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