We expect tons of coverage over this, which reminds me of another media distraction and another man named Joe—Joe the Plumber, whom John McCain referenced during the waning days of his campaign. For days, Joe the Plumber was the media’s star attraction, diverting coverage from the real issues. This time, we hope leveler heads will prevail, and assignment editors will be more interested in having their reporters explain and answer for their audiences the “what’s in it for me” question, using some of our observations as a guide.
12:52 PM - September 10, 2009
What Did the President Really Say?
More goals and details and questions to ponder
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Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.