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When a ‘birther’ story comes knocking

After congressman’s comments, a Denver TV station doesn’t let go

COLORADO — The so-called “birther” movement has emerged from hibernation, leaving media outlets this spring to figure out how best... More

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Herald’s Caputo dives deep on diverging polls

Do other news organizations undermine their credibility when they don’t do the same?

FLORIDA — Voters here have reason to be confused this week as they look at two polls, coming out one... More

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Many stations don’t factcheck super PAC ads: survey

Conference highlights difference in attitudes between industry, watchdog groups

Many local television stations do not consistently evaluate the accuracy of the political ads they air, according to survey results... More

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Outrage angle covered—now how about those gas price claims?

Here’s how the Denver Post and other battleground outlets can do better on the energy debate

Last week, the Denver Post ran a short “local news” piece headlined, “Political billboards in Colorado use energy policy to... More

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What’s the swingiest state of them all?

By any measure, Colorado is at the center of the action in 2012

COLORADO — The term “swing state” is bandied about constantly in an election year, often without a clear explanation of... More

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The over-covered image war

Journalists are exaggerating the risk that Mitt Romney will be “defined” early

The message war in the presidential election got underway in earnest last week, with the Obama campaign releasing a new... More

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The entirely predictable failure of Americans Elect

A little poli-sci—or just recent history—would have helped pundits avoid the hype

On Thursday, the board of Americans Elect folded its presidential nominating process after the set of declared candidates repeatedly failed... More

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The Obama camp serves up a Bain story

Some local outlets take the bait, while others offer a closer look

NEVADA — One of the moments in the 2012 presidential race that we all know was coming arrived this week:... More

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Out of the living room, onto the trail

To gauge what’s really happening in the TV ad war, reporters need to talk to voters

The Living Room War was launched this week—the ferocious bombardment of attack ads that will make turning on a television... More

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Debating Amendment One in North Carolina

Faced with an opportunity to lead civic discussion and take a stand, some papers fare better than others

NORTH CAROLINA — Last week, North Carolina voters overwhelmingly passed Amendment One to the state constitution, defining marriage as between... More

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For TV, campaigns create big winners, (relative) losers

Political ads may not be all “gravy” for local stations—but they’re still an awfully good deal

When Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum suspended his presidential campaign last month, the former Pennsylvania senator all but sealed Mitt... More

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Pushing back, making connections

Michigan political reporters have a job to do

MICHIGAN — Quinn Klinefelter is a longtime news editor at WDET, the National Public Radio station in Detroit. His voice... More

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In Nevada, a candidate’s fecklessness on full display

Some sharp interview questions leave a congressional hopeful squirming

NEVADA — In this state, where it’s legal to carry an unconcealed handgun, John Oceguera, the Speaker of the Nevada... More

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Mapmaker, mapmaker, make me a map…

A glut of “swing-state” stories risks inspiring false certainty about the coming election

For a newspaper that believes that a decent fraction of its readers know that Kurt Weill wrote the music for... More

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In Ohio, political money gets around

Dayton Daily News shows how local lawmakers shuffle campaign donations to cash-strapped colleagues

OHIO—A thorough peek behind a curtain of campaign cash this week by the Dayton Daily News shed real light on... More

Alessandra Stanley’s troubling history of error

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

Is ISIS a faith-based terrorist group? - Journalists and scholars disagree about how much Islam, rather than politics and power, drives Muslim extremists

Why Bill Simmons might leave ESPN - Other outlets would jump at the chance to gain his following

Why news organizations are abandoning the Redskins - The media mostly avoids Washington’s football team name


Swedish scientists sneak Dylan quotes into articles (The Guardian)

Whoever nets the most before retirement wins a free lunch

Mag for dog haters is a hit in Germany (WSJ)

Poop and Pooches. That is all

A data viz reading list (Susan McGregor)

Useful resources for journalists

Video shows Mexican drug lord paying journalists for ‘good press’ (Fusion)

“This video suggests that organized crime is trying to buy off journalists, creating a new brand of narco-journalism”

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

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