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Driving the discourse in Detroit

As a region’s media landscape shifts, a public radio program fills a void

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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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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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