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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

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

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.”

Bloggingheads

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

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