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Campaign Desk

Weigel at WaPo, on Tea Party

Good to see Slate’s David Weigel wearing his old WaPo jersey today, penning a Tea Party primer that breaks down... More

Consumer Advice for Retirement Savings

What was the Times trying to tell us?

“Social Security Jitters? Better Prepare Now,” read the headline of a money story in the New York Times last Saturday.... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Going Against the Meme, Mortgage Madness, Summer Reading

Christopher Beam does a nice job at Slate, throwing cold water on the anti-incumbency meme that’s been dominating election coverage.... More

Prop 8: The Morning After the Strike-down

A look at some of the papers’ coverage of the California decision

A study from the September edition of The Social Science Journal comparing the coverage of gay marriage in the Chicago... More

Covering the $531,378 a Day Campaign

KQED’s John Myers talks Meg Whitman v. Jerry Brown

On Monday, statewide candidates in California, including gubernatorial candidates Meg Whitman (R) and Jerry Brown (D), filed campaign finance disclosure... More

Q & A: The Huffington Post’s Arthur Delaney

“It’s like the government is schizophrenic about what it wants to do to alleviate the jobs crisis.”

The Huffington Post’s Arthur Delaney is becoming a prominent voice on the unemployment debate consuming the Capitol. Referred to by... More

Audit D.C. Notes: State Stats, Jobs Plan, Card Clues

USA Today does good work with its own state-by-state analysis of the stimulus program and the relationship between state unemployment... More

Washington as Baghdad

Inside George Packer’s excellent profile of the Senate

When New Yorker staff writer George Packer started on the Washington beat about nine months ago, a “senior administration official”... More

The Peterson Dilemma

A funded fellow wrestles with a funder’s influence

A story in The Fiscal Times recently caught my eye. But even before I could decide whether to write about... More

Social Security in the Heartland Archive

A complete archive of Trudy Lieberman’s “Social Security in the Heartland” articles

This is a complete archive of Trudy Lieberman's "Social Security in the Heartland" articles, listed in descending order. 12/22/10: Social... More

Social Security in the Heartland: Jennifer Tayabji

What Social Security means to real people

Before the year ends, the president’s fiscal commission will bring forth a plan for cutting the deficit. While commission co-chairs... More

Accessory to the Candidate

In anticipation of Florida's primary day, August 24, the St. Petersburg Times on Sunday helped acquaint readers with the wives... More

Hurray for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

For puncturing the secrecy around doctors’ mistakes

It’s not often that editors let their reporters detail the steps they took to report a story, but a wonderfully... More

Q & A: Nir Rosen on Afghanistan and WikiLeaks

“I think undermining that war in any way possible is a good thing.”

If anyone should be unsurprised by material in the WikiLeaks war logs dump, it’s reporter Nir Rosen—the New York-based freelance... More

Shotgun!

A look at the race for the briefing room front seat

In what might be the White House equivalent of a student government election, the James S. Brady Briefing Room was... 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


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.”

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

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