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Campaign Desk

NYT vs. NYT on the Big Fat Greek Question

It’s New York Times columnist vs. New York Times columnist, again. Back in April, it was Paul Krugman and Andrew... More

License to Kill, Part III

Times takes note: Al-Awlaki standard makes some ‘uneasy’

The legal questions surrounding the Obama administration’s decision to authorize the extrajudicial killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen accused... More

Deploying Journalism on Unemployment

The New York Times does good reporting today on an under-examined bit of the unemployment story: those many jobs lost... More

Following Kagan’s Paper Trail

Meet the gatekeeping Presidential Records Act

When John Roberts was nominated to the Supreme Court in 2005, journalists touched down at the Ronald Regan Presidential Library... More

Politico: ‘Kagan’s Not Gay’ Story Not a Hard Call

A straightforward response to persistent online speculation

As speculation about Elena Kagan’s sexual orientation has circulated on the Internet in the wake of her nomination to the... More

California Senate Race: Three Things You Oughta Know

Electability concerns, another campaign that’s sucking up the oxygen, and the month-long election

If it’s still the case that new trends start in California, the state’s 2010 Senate election may really be one... More

Kentucky Senate Race: Three Things You Oughta Know

Nasty fights, a kingmaker challenged, and class warfare

Joe Gerth is a political reporter and columnist at the Louisville Courier-Journal, Kentucky’s largest paper. The Louisville native and resident... More

WaPo Does Well on Payday Lenders Pushing for Protection

The Washington Post does a nice job of highlighting just how worried payday lenders and check cashers are about the... More

Lindsey Graham: Maybe Not Such a Maverick, Either

An attempt to define the “M” word with some serious math

Late last week, there was a fair bit of online chatter (see here, here, here, and here) about an unlikely... More

Pennsylvania Senate (and Governor’s) Race: Three Things You Oughta Know

Family campaigns, a “way of sharing,” and Sodom on the Schuylkill

With the 2010 midterm elections looming on the horizon—and some primaries rapidly approaching—Campaign Desk will soon be devoting more attention... More

Warning: Trans-Atlantic Tensions Ahead

There’s been a small, but sharp, undercurrent of trans-Atlantic tension in this week’s coverage of the Greek debt crisis. Judging... More

He Said-She Said Victim

After a few weeks of news coverage of Republican complaints that the financial reform legislation moving through Congress would permit... More

Everyone Knows the Troubles They’ve Seen

The press pays attention to WellPoint

If any group can claim responsibility for breaking the logjam on health reform, you might say it was WellPoint. Just... More

Arkansas Senate Race: Three Things You Oughta Know

A tough campaign, potential runoffs, and all eyes on the Dems

With the 2010 midterm elections looming on the horizon—and some primaries rapidly approaching—Campaign Desk will soon be devoting more attention... More

Audit D.C. Notes: NYT on Obama’s Juggling Act; Mystery Pollster on How It’s Done in the U.K., FT on the Very Long View

President Obama’s ideological juggling act gets thoughtful treatment from the NYT’s Jackie Calmes. There’s no real news in the piece,... 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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