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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

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Network Anchors for Romney?

Campaign ads are making greater use of TV news footage. Is that a problem?

Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric, and David Gregory endorsing presidential candidates: Could it happen? Actually, it already is—though not quite in... 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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Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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