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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

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A (blurry) snapshot of influence peddling

Finding out who paid $10,000 to party with Congress members remains a reporting challenge

COLORADO—A CBS News undercover video of a Republican fundraiser earlier this year gave viewers a tantalizing glimpse of a $10,000-a-head... More

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Obama ‘evolves,’ Romney ‘flip-flops’

As the candidates’ positions change, reporters construct differing narratives

NEW HAMPSHIRE—Are Barack Obama and Mitt Romney so different after all? Despite the media’s portrayal of Romney as a uniquely... More

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Reporting on the hand that feeds

In North Carolina, TV news reporters find stories in their stations’ political ad buy data

NORTH CAROLINA—On April 27, the Federal Communications Commission made what CJR called “a good step toward transparency in the realm... More

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The Rubio romance

For the national press, a harder look is in order

FLORIDA — Much of the national media appears to be in love with Florida’s junior senator—Republican Marco Rubio. Back on... More

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New rules on political ads: how to mine them

Finding gold may require a group effort

A gold mine of data will soon be available to help make our political system more transparent, thanks to the... More

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What’s the right way to cover Joe the Plumber?

Reporters in northern Ohio bring scrutiny to bear on an unusual candidate

OHIO — There’s no telling how handy Joe the Plumber is with a wrench, but he’s certainly mastered the art... More

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In an age of walled-off candidates, longing for LBJ

Caro’s latest opus offers a strong case for the enduring value of journalistic access

The pivotal chapter on the 1960 Democratic Convention in The Passage of Power, the just-published and justly heralded fourth volume... More

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28 hours of political ads (and a few minutes of news)

Tallying the ad buys at six local TV stations for one Pennsylvania primary race

Pennsylvania — In the weeks before the April 24 primary here, folks in Northeastern Pennsylvania saw and heard a lot... More

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

The press is responsible for ignoring Bill Cosby rape allegations - Where were journalists 10 years ago when claims originally surfaced against him?

Journalism has a plagiarism problem. But it’s not the one you’d expect - Fareed Zakaria’s case highlights news organizations’ ethical grey areas

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Will radio save science journalism? - WNYC will soon have a new health unit


CNN reporters in Ferguson provide coverage of CNN reporters in Ferguson (Slate)

“[T]here was little that justified CNN’s egocentric coverage”

Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

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

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