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United States Project

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Whaddya know—advertising works!

The Times continues the conversation about Obamacare and public opinion

If anyone ever doubted that advertising works, the latest example of its persuasive power, documented in The New York Times... More

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In Colorado Springs, inconsistent coverage of a colorful campaign

Gazette’s webcast interview demands follow-up, while KOAA’s “truth checks” deliver

COLORADO — One of the most colorful and competitive GOP primary battles is being waged in the conservative bastion of... More

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Embracing the myth of the campaign wizard, again

The Jim Messina profile industry is part of a long tradition

Maybe it began with the lionization in the press of the Irish Mafia that helped elect John Kennedy in 1960.... More

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Harrisburg’s Patriot-News sits down with Romney

There are lessons here for campaign reporters and editors along future bus tour routes

PENNSYLVANIA — While campaigns and aligned PACs are raising and spending hundreds of millions of dollars, old-school, retail politics has... More

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A laurel to WaPo’s debunking of ‘EPA drones’

David Fahrenthold chronicles the “life cycle of a falsehood”

Starting today, we’ll be bringing a venerable CJR tradition, Darts & Laurels, to The Swing States Project. Each Wednesday,... More

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The failure to explain health reform

The public doesn’t understand it. Whose fault is that?

If the Supreme Court rules the health reform law or its central feature—the individual mandate requiring people to have health... More

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When ads attack in Virginia

Roanoke’s WSLS-TV, Hampton Roads’ Daily Press did more than repeat claims and counter-claims

VIRGINIA — Turn on a local morning television newscast on any given day in Virginia and you’ll likely get a... More

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Why Romney looks more ‘confident’ in reporters’ eyes

It’s journalism-speak for “seeming more likely to win”

NEW HAMPSHIRE — One of the most frequent problems with campaign reporting is the way that journalists construct candidate-centric narratives... More

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Beyond TV sound bites in the Silver State

There is a plethora of public affairs programming on Jim Rogers’s three Nevada TV stations

During the somewhat less frantic months of the presidential campaign season—between the primaries and the nominating conventions—the Swing States Project... More

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The brave new world of health insurance exchanges

It’s time to take a look at how they are working in Massachusetts and beyond

New York Times reporter Abby Goodnough’s piece last week about the health insurance exchange in Massachusetts is instructive—especially since other... More

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How the duel for Ohio played in the Buckeye State

Local news offers workmanlike coverage for workmanlike speeches—and one memorable metaphor

OHIO — The hype was heavy. Media outlets, locally and nationally, couldn’t resist billing Thursday’s speeches in the Buckeye State... More

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Smart Post piece asks: Do campaign ads work?

Campaign cash is eye-popping, but impact at presidential level is likely limited

I’m late to this, but The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi had a sharp piece the other day about the uses... More

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The Times finds the people angle on Social Security

A human story clarifies a policy question

It was good to see The New York Times publish the kind of story we have been urging—one that describes... More

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Why can’t the press let politicians have principles?

Plus: HuffPost’s good work on campaign consultants, and a better way to cover gaffes

No one—not even the love child of Horatio Alger and Ayn Rand—rivals campaign reporters when it comes to worshipping ambition.... More

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Do campaign gaffes matter? Not to voters

Overhyped gaffe coverage is a sign that editors should shift resources to other stories

Since Friday, the national political conversation has been dominated by a debate over the importance of President Obama’s statement, at... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


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.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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

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