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Predictable in retrospect

The dangers of hindsight bias in election postmortems

The media has undergone a strange change of mindset. Immediately before last Tuesday's election, many reporters and commentators ignored or... More

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Four stories to follow in Virginia

What the Commonwealth’s political reporters should focus on now

VIRGINIA — Election Day has come and gone, leaving many vital story threads for Virginia’s political reporters to continue to... More

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What happened, anyway?

The election may be over, but the self-protective spin is not

Shortly after 11 p.m. (Eastern) on Election Night—with the polls still open only in Alaska—Mitt Romney aides were pleading with... More

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A dart to Yahoo Finance

For utterly confusing its readers about Social Security

By now we’re accustomed to weak reporting about Social Security, but a piece on Yahoo Finance, part of its... More

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The fiscal whatchamacallit

Media’s embrace of “fiscal cliff” obscures the real story about budget negotiations

With Election Day behind us, all of Washington is suddenly focused on a looming issue that drew little notice during... More

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An Ohio election special causes controversy

TPM flags some anti-Obama programming on Sinclair stations

OHIO — A controversial election eve special that aired twice Monday night on the local ABC affiliate in Columbus triggered... More

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The Ad Wars: Was outside money futile?

After Election Day, the press seizes on a new conventional wisdom

Throughout the 2012 campaign, dozens of reporters and advocates kept a close eye on the flood of outside money that... More

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Digital innovation on election night: a report

From CJR and Tow Center’s “meta newsroom”

About as digital as most Americans get on election night is to operate the channel clicker. But that is steadily... More

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How to cover the presidential results

A guide for journalists on election fundamentals and campaign effects

One of the most fascinating parts of the aftermath of an election is the construction of post-hoc narratives to "explain"... More

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A Laurel to NPR, for giving hospitals a disaster exam

Sandy exposes gaping holes in hospital safety plans

NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue represent a tale of two New York City hospitals. Langone is a well-endowed... More

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Election 2012: Welcome to our Meta Newsroom

What’s happening now in digital election-night news

CJR, in collaboration with Columbia's Tow Center for digital journalism, will be covering tonight's election coverage. Seven student journalists from... More

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Election Day worries in Ohio

Lawsuits, provisional ballots, alleged software glitches—and the coverage of it all

OHIO — The fun never stops here in Battleground Ohio. Just when reporters thought they had seen the last of... More

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King Coal rises in PA

A last-minute crush of ads—including Romney’s first here—challenges reporters to keep up

PENNSYLVANIA — Add the Keystone State to the list of places where King Coal is a leading issue in candidate... More

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In Colorado, $716 billion claim lives on

Romney repeats the discredited charge at weekend rally, and it pops up in ads for a Congressional race

COLORADO — On Saturday, at his last and largest 2012 campaign rally here, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney told the... More

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The Ad Wars: GOP advantage in the House

In local races, outside money can tip the scales, and the GOP is trying to do just that

As Americans cast their votes for the next president, the Obama campaign and its supporters have maintained an unexpected advantage... 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


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

Bloggingheads

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

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