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Nevada media pillory Oceguera attack ad

An “outrageous” ad in a House race raises questions—including whether starting a controversy was the aim

NEVADA — Here in the Silver State, John Oceguera isn’t a household name—although, as the Democratic nominee for the House... More

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All good debate coverage is local?

Failings of the national press not mirrored in NH

NEW HAMPSHIRE — If you cover politics for a national publication, the story of the debates so far has been... More

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The word on the street: worried

In New Hampshire voters are fretting about…everything

Continuing our Town Hall tours—in which CJR talks to voters, partly to encourage other journalists to do so, too—I visited... More

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The Ad Wars: how to expose a dishonest ‘Social Welfare’ group

Telling the IRS one thing, then doing another

We all know that in the 2012 election season, outside groups fueled by unlimited checks from wealthy donors have been... More

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As ads flood Ohio House race, will coverage keep up?

A review finds some solid work, but there’s room for more enterprising journalism

OHIO — The donnybrook in northeast Ohio between two Congressional incumbents grappling to keep their jobs has become a leading... More

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Does Cuba matter? Not to national media

But some reporters in South Florida find stories that go beyond clich├ęs

FLORIDA — Does Cuba really matter? If asked that question by a reporter, both President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney... More

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Denver Post ducks the $716 billion question

Real-time factchecking is hard, but coverage of House debate was just too thin

COLORADO — Political reporting has become an even tougher job, as journalists face demands both to report the news faster... More

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Time to head to the track

With voting underway, there’s nothing wrong with providing the horse race coverage readers crave

DES MOINES — These days, the phrase “horse-race journalism” is often accompanied by the same sneering tone that 1950s intellectuals... More

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Ask Romney This: What will you do about
the Middle East?

Vague slogans won’t do the job. What about specifics?

Over the final month of the campaign, CJR will run a series of posts under the headline “Ask Obama This”... More

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Healthcare—reform in Great Britain vs. the USA:
part two

A conversation between CJR’s Trudy Lieberman and Chris Smyth, health reporter for The Times of London

A while back Trudy Lieberman sat down with Chris Smyth, the health correspondent for The Times of London, who was... More

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Healthcare in Great Britain vs. healthcare in the USA: part one

A conversation with Chris Smyth, health reporter for The Times of London

Not long ago I sat down with Chris Smyth, a health journalist for The Times of London, who was traveling... More

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The debate: Some healthcare ‘facts’ that
shouldn’t stand

Reporters did good fact checking, but also left falsehoods on the table

There was no shortage of media fact checking after last week’s presidential debate, much of it focused on healthcare, much... More

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Covering the role of coal in Virginia

Coal is central to the campaign message war and money story here—but reporting has not kept up

VIRGINIA — Mitt Romney likes coal. A lot. And the coal industry in Virginia likes Romney back. Unfortunately, there’s not... More

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Enabling the jobs report conspiracy theory

The consequences of careless coverage of Friday’s unemployment numbers

NEW HAMPSHIRE — Media ethics pop quiz: When conspiracy theories started circulating on Twitter claiming that Friday's jobs report had... More

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The Ad Wars: The strange silence on foreign policy

In presidential campaign ads, there have been 22 mentions of jobs for every reference to Iraq and Afghanistan wars

In past elections, the critical threshold for presidential candidates was the commander-in-chief test: whether Americans felt they could trust them... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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