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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

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Do campaign gaffes matter? Not to voters

Overhyped gaffe coverage is a sign that editors should shift resources to other stories

Since Friday, the national political conversation has been dominated by a debate over the importance of President Obama’s statement, at... More

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In Ohio, the money-in-politics story is rich

Reporters in Cleveland, Columbus, and Dayton follow the money

OHIO — The money being thrown at political campaigns and advertising here in Ohio is coming so fast and furious... More

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When it comes to Jeb Bush, ‘no’ is not enough

Memo to the media: He really doesn’t want to be vice president.

FLORIDA — Sitting across from Jeb Bush last week on the set of CBS This Morning, Charlie Rose asked: “You... More

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Romney’s Religion

What should journalists do with the Mormon thing?

“Surely, secularists are wrong when they ask believers to leave their religion at the door before entering the public square.”... More

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A ‘conversation convener’ in Charlotte

Fannie Flono, Charlotte Observer columnist and “sassy black woman,” talks about her public consideration of ideas

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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Dark money targets Hispanics in Silver State

The law makes shining a light difficult, but reporters can do more than they have so far

NEVADA — Here in swing state Nevada—the southern reaches of which are less than a five-hour drive from Mexico—Latinos make... More

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Missing: Voters’ voices in Rep. McCotter story

Michigan reporters should stop ceding their hometown advantage and dig in

MICHIGAN — Michigan political journalists have a big story on their hands: U.S. Rep. Thad McCotter, a five-term incumbent who... More

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Uncovering an investigation in Ohio

The New Republic finds news that local papers hadn’t. Why did that happen, and how big a problem is it?

OHIO — In August 2011, The Blade of Toledo published an eyebrow-raising report: 16 employees of a Canton-based direct marketing... 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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