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For Obama’s Vegas Visit, Competing Press Angles

As Sun explores natural gas agenda, Review-Journal delves into the “briar patch”

This post has been updated since it was first published to include discussion of the first Review-Journal story. NEVADA —... More

In Florida, the GOP Woos Hispanic Voters

Can the press push the candidates past pandering?

MIAMI, FLORIDA — The Hispanic Leadership Network is a center-right political advocacy organization that, in its single year of existence,... More

Get Ready, Buckeyes—The Campaigns Are Coming!

Ohio’s political press prepares for the message war

OHIO — They’re coming. And the press in Ohio is starting to gear up. Ohio’s March 6 primary is just... More

Who is Sheldon Adelson? Florida Needs to Know

State’s newsrooms haven’t focused their resources on the super PAC story

FLORIDA — Who is Sheldon Adelson, and why does he matter to the presidential campaign? If you are a Florida... More

Waiting for Newt in Naples

Just because the candidate’s not there doesn’t mean there’s not a story

NAPLES, FLORIDA — It is late Tuesday afternoon in Naples, and a few thousand people have gathered around the Cambier... More

Voters to Press: Tell Us Where the Candidates Stand

In South Carolina, readers look to local papers for the basics

One of the main media frames for the 2012 presidential campaign is the way in which media frames are changing.... More

The Colorado Columnist on the Bus

A look at the Denver Post’s choice to send a liberal columnist (only) to cover a GOP primary

COLORADO — The Denver Post’s decision to send just one writer, Mike Littwin, to cover the New Hampshire GOP presidential... More

A State of the Union Media Prebuttal

Instead of overhyping the SOTU, here’s what reporters should do

NEW HAMPSHIRE—Tonight, President Obama will address Congress and the nation in his 2012 State of the Union address. The SOTU... More

Newt Gingrich, Media Critic

Primary night in South Carolina, Gingrich and supporters sound off on press

COLUMBIA, S.C. — All campaign long, Newt Gingrich has been known to knock the media, but at his victory party... More

What I Saw at the South Carolina Debate

Or, how campaign coverage is like industrial farming

SOUTH CAROLINA — The campaign media horde congregated in Charleston Thursday night for the Republican presidential debate, eagerly billed by... More

Looking for Lessons in the Swift Boat Saga

Is Ohio’s press corps prepared for the 2012 campaign?

OHIO — In 2004, it was the Swift Boat ads. Today in Ohio, we’ve seen the Swift Beard ads. During... More

On Bain Claims, Will Local Press Rise to the Challenge?

Connecting regional audiences to the national story is hard work. It’s also important.

COLORADO — When a big national story breaks, job one for a city or metro editor is to make it... More

The Out-of-Context Quote as Gaffe

A closer look at coverage of “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me’”

NEW HAMPSHIRE — Michael Kinsley famously wrote that "A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth—some obvious truth he... More

In Florida, a Media Crush but Little News

Best coverage embeds Romney’s rally in more far-reaching reporting

FLORIDA — Reporters on either side of me were frantically jotting down quotes, desperately hoping that Mitt Romney would make... More

Nevadans Need a Closer Look at Romney’s Record

Some “facts and figures” might help make the Bain debate accessible to readers

NEVADA — There’s one critical question on the minds of many Nevadans these days: Will the jobs picture improve during... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

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

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


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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