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The word on the street: frustrated

Listening to voters at a Pennsylvania Walmart

Last week a NBC News/Marist poll showed President Obama and Mitt Romney locked in a tight race in Florida and... More

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How to cover the birthers? Denver Post shows what not to do

After paper asks readers for their “take,” radio host offers his

On Thursday, CJR published pieces by Walter Shapiro and Brendan Nyhan that grapple with the question of how journalists can... More

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Journalists: do no harm!

If you must cover the birthers, here’s an annotated how-to

In a series of media interviews conducted before a Las Vegas fundraiser with presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Donald... More

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Things that go Trump in the night

The Donald’s birther circus recalls McCarthy’s “card-carrying Communists”

On February 9, 1950, a back-bench Wisconsin senator named Joseph McCarthy delivered an unheralded political speech to a Republican women’s... More

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LA Times tries to unmask dark money donors

But story’s greatest virtue may be its look at where campaign cash goes

Earlier this week, Matea Gold and Joseph Tanfani of the Los Angeles Times teamed up for a sharp article about... More

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What did we learn from coverage of Romney’s Philly school visit?

More reporters should have used Romney’s charter school stop as a teaching moment

PENNSYLVANIA — At first glance, Mitt Romney's campaign appearance last Thursday at a West Philadelphia charter school seemed a bit... More

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When a ‘birther’ story comes knocking

After congressman’s comments, a Denver TV station doesn’t let go

COLORADO — The so-called “birther” movement has emerged from hibernation, leaving media outlets this spring to figure out how best... More

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Herald’s Caputo dives deep on diverging polls

Do other news organizations undermine their credibility when they don’t do the same?

FLORIDA — Voters here have reason to be confused this week as they look at two polls, coming out one... More

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Many stations don’t factcheck super PAC ads: survey

Conference highlights difference in attitudes between industry, watchdog groups

Many local television stations do not consistently evaluate the accuracy of the political ads they air, according to survey results... More

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Outrage angle covered—now how about those gas price claims?

Here’s how the Denver Post and other battleground outlets can do better on the energy debate

Last week, the Denver Post ran a short “local news” piece headlined, “Political billboards in Colorado use energy policy to... More

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What’s the swingiest state of them all?

By any measure, Colorado is at the center of the action in 2012

COLORADO — The term “swing state” is bandied about constantly in an election year, often without a clear explanation of... More

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The over-covered image war

Journalists are exaggerating the risk that Mitt Romney will be “defined” early

The message war in the presidential election got underway in earnest last week, with the Obama campaign releasing a new... More

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The entirely predictable failure of Americans Elect

A little poli-sci—or just recent history—would have helped pundits avoid the hype

On Thursday, the board of Americans Elect folded its presidential nominating process after the set of declared candidates repeatedly failed... More

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The Obama camp serves up a Bain story

Some local outlets take the bait, while others offer a closer look

NEVADA — One of the moments in the 2012 presidential race that we all know was coming arrived this week:... More

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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

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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