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Medicare and the $716 billion bogeyman

Will a new version of a half-truth work for the GOP?

It’s been hard to escape from Medicare in the 11 days since Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan burst into the news... More

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Last week’s GOP local TV blitz

What did candidates—and viewers—get from it?

VIRGINIA — The word “exclusive” is routinely devalued in broadcast political reporting and last week was no exception. Republicans Mitt... More

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‘That muddy water’ of fairness

With “Line of Attack,” Sun evaluates “legit,” “laughable” campaign claims

NEVADA — I can’t recall who came up with the idea of a digital video recorder that automatically skips past... More

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What makes Mitt tick?

We need more tick-tock from the press pack about why Romney chose Paul Ryan

The faster-than-a-tweet, fleeter-than-a-sound-bite pace of the presidential campaign upends our basic conceptions of time and duration. It is disconcerting to... More

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A laurel to The Atlantic’s Garance Franke-Ruta

For calling on reporters to repeat the truth as often as needed, and showing how to do it

This week’s laurel goes to Garance Franke-Ruta of The Atlantic, whose astute web piece “What to Do With Political... More

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Covering Romney in Ohio’s coal country

Visit draws sharp questions from across state line, and solid stories from big-city papers

OHIO — When Mitt Romney’s campaign bus rolled into the tiny Appalachian town of Beallsville in the eastern part of... More

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A super resource on super PACs in Virginia

Early coverage puts VPAP database to good use, but there are opportunities to do more

VIRGINIA — Super PACs have been pouring money into Virginia for months, now, seeking to sway the presidential contest and... More

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Medicare, Paul Ryan, and beyond: a primer

Here’s context to clarify the big entitlements debates

Mitt Romney’s choice of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice presidential nominee elevates Medicare and Medicaid (along with Social... More

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Don’t just look at the money—follow it!

Can Michigan media tell us why a bailout opponent is collecting big bucks from Wall Street?

MICHIGAN — One of the old standbys of political journalism—“follow the money”—sometimes gives way to something simpler: “look at the... More

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A sharp Herald item on Ryan’s surprising Cuba record

Keyed to local community, paper digs up veep pick’s past opposition to embargo

FLORIDA — Tucked somewhere into the recesses of the hidden place where only those with knowledge of the secret handshake... More

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Assignment desk: The authoritative take
on Colorado’s controversial secretary of state

A closer look at Scott Gessler could bring readers past the voter-fraud boilerplate

COLORADO — The framing of a late July story from NBC News was striking: Scott Gessler, the no-name secretary of... More

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Estimating crowds: size matters

Reporters wrestle with the numbers as Romney and Ryan draw larger audiences

NORTH CAROLINA — The day after Mitt Romney announced Paul Ryan as his vice presidential pick, the two traveled here... More

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The man who explains politics in—and to—PA

When reporters need “here’s-what-it-all-means” context, they call Terry Madonna

PENNSYLVANIA — When it comes to understanding the foundations of Keystone State politics—and how citizens process rhetoric and choose candidates—one... More

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Covering Paul Ryan’s big day in Virginia

The Times-Dispatch casts a wide net to deliver a strong package for its readers

VIRGINIA — You expect nuance and quantity from The Washington Post and The New York Times when it comes to... More

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The best political listening tour

“Ordinary person” quotes in political stories can be banal. But when reporters invest the time, they can hear so much more

It is the paradox of political journalism: The most important aspect of a presidential campaign—how flesh-and-blood voters make up their... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

Bloggingheads

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

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