Reporters should not limit the bounds of their campaign stump stories to What Is Said on a topic—that is, a candidate’s message of the day—or even to what the candidate indicates is The Key Topic. It is a disservice to readers to do so. Knowing that campaign events will multiply—as will the press pack covering them—after the nominating conventions later this summer, I offer a rule of thumb for coverage: follow the story—not the agenda.

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Anna Clark is CJR's correspondent for Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. A 2011 Fulbright fellow, Clark has written for The Guardian, Grantland, and Salon; blogs at Isak; and can be found on Twitter @annaleighclark. She lives in Detroit.