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On the Trail of Maddow’s Michigan ‘Scoop’

The MSNBC host botched the story in important ways. She should still stay on it

MICHIGAN — A big story is unfolding here in Michigan, and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow last week professed to have the... More

In Ohio, a Good Look at Oil and Gas Influence

After strong work from Dispatch, Plain Dealer notes lawmaker’s sudden fundraising success

OHIO — Money has long been a lubricant that keeps politicians running. So it is only natural that this state’s... More

Energy Ad War Revs Up in Battleground States

Brace yourselves, reporters, and revisit our toolbox and chat

It’s coming, the New York Times reported on Monday, the start of that “major anti-Obama advertising blitz” from the largest... More

As Santorum Moves On, So Does the Coverage

Some quick, quality analysis in Pennsylvania mixes with lack of links, context

This post has been updated. See note at bottom PENNSYLVANIA — When Tuesday broke, it looked like Rick Santorum's Easter... More

The Heartbeat-Away Derby is Under Way

Treating the veepstakes like another political horse race produces lame conclusions

Now that Mitt Romney is the de facto Republican nominee, the political press corps can indulge in a compulsion as... More

Where to Turn When Tackling Money-in-Politics Stories

A wealth of watchdog sites make campaign-finance data accessible, easy to work with

COLORADO—Edwin Bender knows the value of a good follow-the-money story. Bender is the executive director of the National Institute on... More

Narrowcasting the 2012 Election

Why media polls that slice and dice the electorate could miss the big picture

NEW HAMPSHIRE — With Mitt Romney’s hold on the GOP nomination becoming too obvious to deny, horse race enthusiasts in... More

Filling the Gaps in the Tar Heel State

Nonprofit news sites offer alternative views, more depth to North Carolina’s residents

NORTH CAROLINA — In August 2010, Sarah Ovaska took a big chance. Ovaska, a city hall reporter at The News... More

Detroit News Offers Smart Take on Family Planning Feud

But reporters should have talked to, not just about, women

MICHIGAN—The latest USA Today/Gallup poll of presidential swing states, released over the weekend, shows President Obama with his first lead... More

Who Got The Fox News Vote?

In hours of pre-primary coverage, Rick Santorum was hard to find

Judging from the lopsided tenor of most of the coverage during the broadcast day on Fox News on the Monday... More

Pittsburgh-Area Reporters Tested in Ad War

Incumbent clash requires more outlets to move beyond he-said, she-said to what isn’t said

PENNSYLVANIA—The battle of big dogs scrapping for presidential votes ahead of the April 24 primary is drawing much of the... More

Does Fact-Checking Work? False Statements are Wrong Metric

By naming and shaming worst offenders, reporters can make a difference

Politics today seemingly has more fact-checking than ever before. As a result, reporters are asking a new question: Does fact-checking... More

The Plain Dealer on a Potential Senator’s ‘Estrangement’ from Truth

Mandel says he won’t be swayed by fact-checks; reporter promises to stay ‘vigilant’

OHIO — When a candidate for office declares his intention to repeat falsehoods, what’s a reporter to do? That’s the... More

A Strong Veepstakes Story from the Tampa Bay Times

Focus on Rubio’s deeds—not words—brings new insights

FLORIDA — Whenever Sean Hannity interviews Marco Rubio, he gushes like 12-year old smitten with the girl next-door. Hannity’s beating... More

Why is the Press So Ready to Count Santorum Out?

Voters think their primary choices still matter

The front-page story in the March 18th New York Times seemed a case of political life imitating art. A revival... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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