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Denver Post ducks the $716 billion question

Real-time factchecking is hard, but coverage of House debate was just too thin

COLORADO — Political reporting has become an even tougher job, as journalists face demands both to report the news faster... More

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Time to head to the track

With voting underway, there’s nothing wrong with providing the horse race coverage readers crave

DES MOINES — These days, the phrase “horse-race journalism” is often accompanied by the same sneering tone that 1950s intellectuals... More

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Ask Romney This: What will you do about
the Middle East?

Vague slogans won’t do the job. What about specifics?

Over the final month of the campaign, CJR will run a series of posts under the headline “Ask Obama This”... More

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Healthcare—reform in Great Britain vs. the USA:
part two

A conversation between CJR’s Trudy Lieberman and Chris Smyth, health reporter for The Times of London

A while back Trudy Lieberman sat down with Chris Smyth, the health correspondent for The Times of London, who was... More

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Healthcare in Great Britain vs. healthcare in the USA: part one

A conversation with Chris Smyth, health reporter for The Times of London

Not long ago I sat down with Chris Smyth, a health journalist for The Times of London, who was traveling... More

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The debate: Some healthcare ‘facts’ that
shouldn’t stand

Reporters did good fact checking, but also left falsehoods on the table

There was no shortage of media fact checking after last week’s presidential debate, much of it focused on healthcare, much... More

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Covering the role of coal in Virginia

Coal is central to the campaign message war and money story here—but reporting has not kept up

VIRGINIA — Mitt Romney likes coal. A lot. And the coal industry in Virginia likes Romney back. Unfortunately, there’s not... More

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Enabling the jobs report conspiracy theory

The consequences of careless coverage of Friday’s unemployment numbers

NEW HAMPSHIRE — Media ethics pop quiz: When conspiracy theories started circulating on Twitter claiming that Friday's jobs report had... More

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The Ad Wars: The strange silence on foreign policy

In presidential campaign ads, there have been 22 mentions of jobs for every reference to Iraq and Afghanistan wars

In past elections, the critical threshold for presidential candidates was the commander-in-chief test: whether Americans felt they could trust them... More

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How to cover the horse race?

Ohio’s press-watchers weigh in on the contest between campaigns and reporters

OHIO — With just a month to go before the election, the presidential campaigns are in the homestretch, an apt... More

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Ask Obama This: Where’s your short-term jobs plan?

A missed chance at the debate creates an important opportunity for reporters on the trail

Over the final month of the campaign, CJR will run a series of posts under the headline “Ask Obama This”... More

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The Ad Wars: From every source, a different number

What should reporters do to provide the best information to their audience?

Tracking campaign ads in the 2012 elections is no easy feat. Between the flurry of spots from the Obama and... More

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Breaking the pack journalism paradigm

What would happen if reporters covered debates without access to the spin?

NEW HAMPSHIRE — As tonight's presidential debate approaches, the chattering classes are pondering whether it will change the dynamics of... More

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Debate advice: Turn off Twitter

To hear like a voter you have to listen

As we get ready for the Demolition Derby in Denver (aka the Mile High Mud Wrestle), I want to return... More

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Michigan media on voter fraud

The story in the state so far—and what’s missing from it

MICHIGAN — In Michigan, the political landscape tends to be divided by—well, by landscape. East and West, rural and urban,... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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