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The Ad Wars: Obama’s special message in Spanish

A review of Obama’s and Romney’s Spanish-language TV ads finds contrasts in style, strategy, and sophistication

Barack Obama gazes directly into the camera and speaks in his warmest baritone. “In the young people known as the... More

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Let Detroit do what?

New interest in an old Op-Ed

What is the most viewed story on The New York Times website right now? It's an Op-Ed piece from nearly... More

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Ask Obama and Romney this: Where is Africa?

An enormous opportunity for the US could slip past

Over the final days of the campaign, CJR is running a series of pieces under the headline “Ask Obama This”... More

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Covering the search for noncitizen voters

AP’s Ivan Moreno won well-deserved praise for staying on the (incredible shrinking) story in Colorado

COLORADO — A young Associated Press reporter has won accolades for staying on the story of the search for noncitizen... More

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Ask Obama and Romney This: What if China squares off with Japan?

An emerging, and little discussed, dilemma

Over the final days of the campaign, CJR is running a series of pieces under the headline “Ask Obama This”... More

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Scare-mongering from CBS

Bad reporting on Social Security—again

The other night CBS Evening News brought forth another gloom and doom story about Social Security. Like others from the... More

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How could voters still be undecided? Try asking them

Plus, why this veteran campaign correspondent is focused on swing-state polls

They may be the most publicly maligned minority group in America, a subset of the electorate that is ridiculed with... More

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In Florida, debate night isn’t front-page news

Editors at Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post defend decision on Senate race coverage

FLORIDA — One of the shameful things about Florida’s US Senate race is that the two candidates, Democratic incumbent Bill... More

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Awash in ads in Roanoke

At WDBJ, welcome transparency and a commitment to coverage—but room for improvement, too

VIRGINIA — Much is always expected of those graced with favor. And when you consider that Virginia television stations this... More

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The ‘Man in the Middle’ hits a healthcare Catch-22

Å family falls through a gap in Obamacare

Ever since the Great Health Reform Debate, we have kept in touch with Jeremy Devor, an engineering assistant in the... More

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Laurels to Politico and National Journal

For exposing the shady side of the campaign-industrial complex

Back in April, an excellent column by Walter Shapiro here at CJR urged reporters on the money-in-politics beat to... More

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In MI-11, a candidate ducks, but can’t avoid coverage

Detroit Free Press digs in to Bentivolio’s background, though local outlets can do more on the money beat

MICHIGAN — Reporters covering the US congressional campaign for Michigan’s 11th district have a truly unusual story on their hands.... More

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Hey, big spender

Virginia’s Senate race is drawing major outside spending—Bob Perry’s million bucks included. Reporters here have more to do

VIRGINIA — A millionaire homebuilder and frequent conservative political donor from Texas has contributed $1 million to the Virginia Senate... More

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When factchecking goes ‘gray’

Two Denver news outlets made similar dissections of an attack ad but arrived at not-so-similar conclusions

COLORADO — Denver’s two dominant media outlets—The Denver Post and 9NEWS KUSA television—recently conducted factchecks on a 6th Congressional District... More

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The Ad Wars: Is the IRS throwing in the towel on political nonprofits?

Politico identifies thirteen “social welfare” groups misleading the IRS

On Monday, Politico published a powerful investigation of so-called “social welfare” groups that mislead the Internal Revenue Service about their... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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