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How to cover the horse race?

Ohio’s press-watchers weigh in on the contest between campaigns and reporters

OHIO — With just a month to go before the election, the presidential campaigns are in the homestretch, an apt... More

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Ask Obama This: Where’s your short-term jobs plan?

A missed chance at the debate creates an important opportunity for reporters on the trail

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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The Ad Wars: From every source, a different number

What should reporters do to provide the best information to their audience?

Tracking campaign ads in the 2012 elections is no easy feat. Between the flurry of spots from the Obama and... More

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Medicare costs: Are electronic records the solution—or the problem?

A Laurel to the Center for Public Integrity for an expose on “upcoding”

Electronic billing has been promoted as a big cost savings for healthcare. But is it? The Center for Public... More

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Breaking the pack journalism paradigm

What would happen if reporters covered debates without access to the spin?

NEW HAMPSHIRE — As tonight's presidential debate approaches, the chattering classes are pondering whether it will change the dynamics of... More

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Debate advice: Turn off Twitter

To hear like a voter you have to listen

As we get ready for the Demolition Derby in Denver (aka the Mile High Mud Wrestle), I want to return... More

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Michigan media on voter fraud

The story in the state so far—and what’s missing from it

MICHIGAN — In Michigan, the political landscape tends to be divided by—well, by landscape. East and West, rural and urban,... More

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Protecting the polls in North Carolina

As voter fraud allegations swirl, North Carolinians need deep, focused reporting

NORTH CAROLINA — While North Carolina may not be “that important to the electoral math” of the presidential race, according... More

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The word on the street: Divided

Massachusetts voters talk about Medicare, and their Senate race

Last week I journeyed up to New England to see what voters thought of the debate over Medicare, for another... More

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The Oklahoman distributes a hit piece on Obama

Do a new owner’s deep pockets require a “trade-off”?

On September 20, The Washington Examiner, one of DC’s conservative newspapers, published “The Obama You Don’t Know,” a 10-part “Special... More

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Pinning down Obama on Social Security

Where exactly does he stand?

Liberals took comfort in the president’s speech to the AARP Friday when he promised to defend Social Security. But his... More

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As campaigns cross Ohio, Romney stops to talk

Blade seeks tax plan clarity, while Plain Dealer revisits coal policy, auto bailout

OHIO — Both presidential campaigns spent some of this week crawling across the Buckeye State, at one point campaigning within... More

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In Florida, a poll grabs headlines—and raises questions

The situation for the GOP may not be as dire as Quinnipiac’s results suggest

FLORIDA — Supporters of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney woke up to some grim news Wednesday. According to a poll... More

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The Ad Wars: Super PACs not super? Not so fast

The Journal’s flawed logic on page one

On Monday, The Wall Street Journal reached a bold conclusion on one of the central debates of the 2012 elections:... More

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A clamor for air time in the Silver State

Chris Roman, GM of four Spanish-language TV stations in Nevada, on the messaging frenzy

NEVADA — In the Silver State, Chris Roman’s audience is being wooed and pursued. Roman is the general manager... 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

Bloggingheads

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

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