Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Last Update: Tue 6:50 AM EST

Campaign Desk

How do you know what a poll number is worth?

After survey scandals, transparency’s the buzz word

In late June, Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, the publisher of DailyKos, published a study on his site that he said pointed... More

The Other Liz

Liz Fowler and the WellPoint connection

The press has been abuzz lately about the possible appointment of Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren to head the Federal... More

The Economy and Politics, One More Time

Do we need to worry about journalists overstating the economy’s role?

For awhile now I’ve been trying to get more journalists to acknowledge that the economy is a powerful driver of... More

Et Tu, WaPo?

The Post’s weightless weigh-in on the Black Panthers coverage

Looks like Fox News’s Megyn Kelly got what she wanted: everybody’s talking about the DOJ’s dismissal of charges against the... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Smoked Out, Debate On, Happy Enough?

Stateline.org digs into something I’ve often wondered about but rarely seen reported: the way Americans’ decrease in smoking is hitting... More

Social Security in Perspective

A conversation with Ted Marmor

To hear the media tell it, you’d think most Americans agree that this country must drastically reform its Social Security... More

Georgia On Your Mind

Some down south reading in the lead-up to the Peach State primaries

Georgians head to the polls tomorrow for senate, gubernatorial, and house primaries. Most eyes will be on the Republican primary... More

Keeping It Simple

Journos take note: The economy drives politics

At Media Matters, Eric Boehlert has a good catch this morning: Sunday’s New York Times op-ed roundtable on how... More

Mind the Gap

Politico looks at how Washington elites see the economy

Politico has the smart idea to compare how the American public sees the economy and what “Washington’s governing class” thinks.... More

The Trials of Covering Gitmo’s Justice

Despite restrictions, foreign media follow the story at detention center

GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA – Christoph Von Marschall was waiting for a hearing to begin at a military courtroom in Guantanamo... More

Saying Something New

Two reporters on the challenges of writing a fresh political profile

Midterms are on the horizon—though you’d be forgiven for thinking they’d hit the shore—and reporters are stalking, scrutinizing, and sometimes... More

Press Pushes for Greater Access at Gitmo

In wake of reporter bans, news outlets team up, take case to Pentagon

The latest dispute over press access to the military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay has been mostly settled, for the moment.... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Sweetheart Deals, Tax Talk, Commission Coverage

The Wall Street Journal does well by staying on top of the controversial Countrywide lending program that provided sweet deals... More

What They Don’t Know

The press has work to do on the deficit debate

With all the buzz about cutting the deficit, the press should be all over the job of explaining how much... More

Winning the Morning, Missing the Point

Politico buries the lede in its big Obama story

Politico bigwigs John Harris and Jim VandeHei have a big thinkpiece out this morning headlined, “Why Obama Loses by Winning.”... 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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The Business of Digital Journalism

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