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Campaign Desk

Primary Day: A Reporter’s Eye View

Meet the journalists covering today’s big races

It’s a mini “Super Tuesday” for the nation’s top half today with midterm primaries being held in seven northern states:... More

Forbes’ Shameful Piece on Obama as the “Other”

The worst kind of smear journalism by Dinesh D’Souza

So it's come to this: Forbes cover story on "How Obama Thinks" is a gross piece of innuendo—a fact-twisting, error-laden... More

O’Donnell: Seismic Quake Or Y2K Fizzer

Delaware’s not so calm before tomorrow’s primary storm

There are seven primaries being held in the north tomorrow. But in the national eye there may as well just... More

Q&A: New Hampshire’s James Pindell, political editor of WMUR.com

“I’m a political dork who went to college in Des Moines because of the Iowa caucuses.”

Political junkie James Pindell joined New Hampshire’s Hearst-owned TV station WMUR last Tuesday as its first official online political editor.... More

Q&A: Rhode Island Political Analyst Scott Mackay

“Patrick Kennedy could have won but it would have been a brutal race.”

After twenty-five years at The Providence Journal, Rhode Island reporter Scott Mackay moved to the state’s NPR affiliate, WRNI, in... More

Not Happy Sharron

Nevada journalist scorned by Angle on debate

The tussle between Sharron "earned media" Angle and the press continues. At 3.19 p.m. yesterday, Nevada journalist Jon Ralston received... More

Another Curious Omission

The Fiscal Times and Social Security

Edmund Andrews, a senior writer for The Fiscal Times, has given us an interesting story about the 800-pound gorilla of... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Football Facts, Jobs Jam, Gauging Fairness

Just in time for the start of the NFL season, the Center for American Progress Action Fund is out with... More

“Mike, You Ignorant Slut.”

Politico’s new opinion writers should feel right at home

The Times announced today that former Florida congressman Morning Joe Scarborough will join Politico as one of the website’s first... More

Q&A: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Political Reporters

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel won the Pulitzer for local reporting in April for the second time in three years. It’s... More

Boy, Look Who National Journal’s Been Hiring

So far only 20% of high-profile hires are women; not good

The National Journal Group has been generating a lot of buzz lately with big-name hires like Major Garrett, Matt Cooper,... More

All Eyes on the Horse Race

Ease up on the poll-craziness

In the September/October edition of the Columbia Journalism Review we awarded a laurel to the Lincoln Journal-Star for its Epilogue... More

Some Curious Omissions

The New Yorker and Social Security

A recent New Yorker piece tells us a lot about the behind-the-scenes politics and ideology driving much of the public... More

Sham Candidate Story Misses a Key Voice

Where’s the real Green Party?

Fascinating story from the Times’s Marc Lacey on sham candidates running for the Green Party in Tempe, Arizona. Sham candidates,... More

Congress and “Corporate-Financed Philanthropy”

How politicians (and companies) do well by doing good

In yesterday's New York Times, Eric Lipton described how some members of Congress are able to “run something akin to... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.