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Missouri Senate Race: Three Things You Oughta Know

Barack Obama, the Tea Party, and the all-important southwest

On Tuesday, August 3, Missouri will hold its U.S. Senate primaries. In November, the victors will face off to fill... More

How WikiLeaks Outsourced the Burden of Verification

To the Times, The Guardian, and Der Spiegel

Julian Assange is upset with The New York Times for talking with the White House about WikiLeaks’s trove of Afghanistan... More

Sebelius Watch, Part IV

The press falls for the bait

A few days ago, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius came forth with one more goodie from the new reform law: the... More

Fox Faults On FOIA

New law unclear, but not as bad as you’ve heard

Yesterday afternoon, Fox Business Network* seemed to have posted quite a scoop: Under a little-noticed provision of the recently passed... More

Bringing a Big Story Home at The Omaha World-Herald

Local reporting in the age of wire copy

Most regional papers have relied on wire copy to tell the story of the 92,000 classified military documents released by... More

Q & A: Nevada Political Journalist Jon Ralston

“People just hate Harry Reid… They would vote for Charles Manson over Harry Reid.”

In a state where the major newspapers are often highly partisan, Jon Ralston has been offering Nevadans some of the... More

Mercury News: Lobbyists As “Shadow Legislature” in CA

A special report explains the “Sacramento version” of lawmaking

There's the "Civics Class Version" of “How Laws Are Created," in which, in brief, a legislator has an idea for... More

The Story Behind the Publication of WikiLeaks’s Afghanistan Logs

From Brussels, to a bunker, to blockbusters

You wouldn’t be reading the coverage of the so-called Afghanistan logs—in The New York Times, Der Spiegel, and The Guardian—if... More

Democrats are hotter than Republicans, says The Hill

For those tired of creepy white-haired Australians, heat-seeking missiles, and Pakistan’s sly-S-I, The Hill today provides a deliciously People-esque distraction:... More

NYT Goes to the Numbers

Economists’ analysis brings welcome data to stimulus debate

The New York Times has a good early look at something that’s much in demand—an analysis of where the economy... More

Bubble Boys

The WikiLeaks documents put an underreported war back on the nation’s radar. It doesn’t matter that the pundits are yawning.

The hardening conventional wisdom on the Afghanistan “war logs” is that they are not the Pentagon Papers. Nor are they,... More

Kudos to The New York Times

For revealing the contradictions in health and financial reform

There’s been way, way too much follow-the-newsmaker reporting in recent weeks, with Obama’s acolytes trailing the procession to the promised... More

WSJ’s Stimulus-Debate Story is Debatable

A page-one piece says economists question whether stimulus makes things worse but can’t find any who actually do

The Wall Street Journal goes big with a story on the debate over stimulus spending. But the piece doesn’t deliver... More

The Summer of Alvin Greene?

"People who write about Alvin Greene are going to get clicked on," [Democratic operative Wyeth] Ruthven explains to Politico's Jonathan... More

On Tax-Cut Politics, WSJ Adds to the Confusion

The Wall Street Journal takes its turn at the tax-cuts-as-election-issue story. But in trying to explain the politics that are... 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


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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