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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

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Tour guide wars at a Paris cemetery (WSJ)

“Because dead men tell no tales, visitors to Père Lachaise cemetery lend their ears to Bertrand Beyern”

Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Bloggingheads

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

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