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Campaign Desk

Some Stimulus Coverage More Stimulating Than Others

On the year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, figuring out good ways to cover the stimulus is... More

Q & A: David Barstow

The New York Times reporter talks about the Tea Party movement

As the conservative Tea Party movement has picked up steam over the past year, leading national media outlets—many of which... More

On the Social Security Battlefront

Reporters and their sources

For months, Campaign Desk has observed that reporters covering health reform have used the same sources over and over. Now... More

Does the Path to Middle East Peace Stop in Doha?

Al Jazeera’s influence on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

It is no secret that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is more deadlocked than at any time since President Obama took office.... More

A Grecian Formula for Globalized News

The New York Times had a strong Sunday story about Wall Street’s role in masking the Greek debt that is... More

Sounding the Alarm, or Just Sounding Off?

Playing politics with national security may not be a great idea, after all

In his capacity as editor of The Washington Post’s editorial page, Fred Hiatt takes a lot of criticism—some of it... More

The Devil in the Details, Part VI

Needed: a health care primer for Fox News

Every lobbyist swarming Capitol Hill these days knows that, when it comes to legislation, the devil is always lurking in... More

It’s Still the Economy, Stupid

More indications that the economy drives political outcomes

One of the side effects of what’s been dubbed the “the permanent campaign” is a proliferation of reporting on public... More

The Times doubles up on Information Access

Yesterday The New York Times turned in two stories on news organizations’ recent usage of the Freedom of Information Act... More

Regulating Health Care, Part II

Anthem Blue Cross exposes the holes in rate regulation

The pols and the advocacy groups have told us for months that health reform is supposed to produce tighter regulation... More

Health Reform on C-SPAN

Is that really the issue?

Republicans waved a new flag of health reform opposition right after New Year’s, when Florida governor Charlie Crist attacked the... More

Unforced Error at Salon

“O’Keefe’s race problem” story goes astray on key detail

It’s not often that, barely a week after sparking a mini media circus by being arrested on federal property in... More

Is Health Reform Dead or Alive?

Wanted: a newsmaker to give us the word

Last week, one Washington insider asked a Washington journalist why she had not written that health reform was dead. The... More

O’Keefe, Etc.

A closer look at a couple more issues surrounding the conservative videographer

James O’Keefe is a hell of a problem for the press. Whatever else he is, O’Keefe is an instigator par... More

The Press After Citizens United

Campaign finance experts chime in on a new era

Over the last two weeks, reporters covering campaign finance have ably chronicled the scope and effects of the bitterly divided... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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

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