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The Campaign-Finance Stories That Don’t Get Written

Consultants and insiders feed the fundraising frenzy. How much do they make, anyway?

There was something comically self-evident about the headline on the story that led the April 13 print edition of The... More

Q&A: Dennis Myers, news editor of Reno News & Review

On “inch-deep” campaign coverage and “manufactured” candidates

NEVADA—Dennis Myers, news editor of the weekly Reno News & Review, probably wouldn’t mind being called “old school.” A veteran... More

The Top Campaign Finance Tools for Local News Sites

And how can smaller newspapers and TV stations get this info before their audiences?

COLORADO — In my post last week on the emerging network of watchdog sites that document the role of money... More

Charlotte Journalists Tell Their City’s Story

Four local experts flesh out the political scene in North Carolina

NORTH CAROLINA — Here in Charlotte, the longtime second fiddle of the New South, the idea of conflict is a... More

The Dangers of Silly Season

How bored reporters and social media can hype fake controversies and spread misinformation

When Rick Santorum suspended his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination on Tuesday, he removed any remaining doubt that Mitt... More

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

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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