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Campaign Desk

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How could voters still be undecided? Try asking them

Plus, why this veteran campaign correspondent is focused on swing-state polls

They may be the most publicly maligned minority group in America, a subset of the electorate that is ridiculed with... More

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In Florida, debate night isn’t front-page news

Editors at Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post defend decision on Senate race coverage

FLORIDA — One of the shameful things about Florida’s US Senate race is that the two candidates, Democratic incumbent Bill... More

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Awash in ads in Roanoke

At WDBJ, welcome transparency and a commitment to coverage—but room for improvement, too

VIRGINIA — Much is always expected of those graced with favor. And when you consider that Virginia television stations this... More

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The ‘Man in the Middle’ hits a healthcare Catch-22

Å family falls through a gap in Obamacare

Ever since the Great Health Reform Debate, we have kept in touch with Jeremy Devor, an engineering assistant in the... More

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Laurels to Politico and National Journal

For exposing the shady side of the campaign-industrial complex

Back in April, an excellent column by Walter Shapiro here at CJR urged reporters on the money-in-politics beat to... More

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In MI-11, a candidate ducks, but can’t avoid coverage

Detroit Free Press digs in to Bentivolio’s background, though local outlets can do more on the money beat

MICHIGAN — Reporters covering the US congressional campaign for Michigan’s 11th district have a truly unusual story on their hands.... More

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Hey, big spender

Virginia’s Senate race is drawing major outside spending—Bob Perry’s million bucks included. Reporters here have more to do

VIRGINIA — A millionaire homebuilder and frequent conservative political donor from Texas has contributed $1 million to the Virginia Senate... More

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When factchecking goes ‘gray’

Two Denver news outlets made similar dissections of an attack ad but arrived at not-so-similar conclusions

COLORADO — Denver’s two dominant media outlets—The Denver Post and 9NEWS KUSA television—recently conducted factchecks on a 6th Congressional District... More

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The Ad Wars: Is the IRS throwing in the towel on political nonprofits?

Politico identifies thirteen “social welfare” groups misleading the IRS

On Monday, Politico published a powerful investigation of so-called “social welfare” groups that mislead the Internal Revenue Service about their... More

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Nevada media pillory Oceguera attack ad

An “outrageous” ad in a House race raises questions—including whether starting a controversy was the aim

NEVADA — Here in the Silver State, John Oceguera isn’t a household name—although, as the Democratic nominee for the House... More

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All good debate coverage is local?

Failings of the national press not mirrored in NH

NEW HAMPSHIRE — If you cover politics for a national publication, the story of the debates so far has been... More

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The word on the street: worried

In New Hampshire voters are fretting about…everything

Continuing our Town Hall tours—in which CJR talks to voters, partly to encourage other journalists to do so, too—I visited... More

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The Ad Wars: how to expose a dishonest ‘Social Welfare’ group

Telling the IRS one thing, then doing another

We all know that in the 2012 election season, outside groups fueled by unlimited checks from wealthy donors have been... More

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As ads flood Ohio House race, will coverage keep up?

A review finds some solid work, but there’s room for more enterprising journalism

OHIO — The donnybrook in northeast Ohio between two Congressional incumbents grappling to keep their jobs has become a leading... More

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Does Cuba matter? Not to national media

But some reporters in South Florida find stories that go beyond clichés

FLORIDA — Does Cuba really matter? If asked that question by a reporter, both President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney... 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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