Ross Barkan’s Notes on Election Coverage: Form, Function, and the Future

CJR · Ross Barkan’s Notes on Election Coverage: Form, Function, and the Future

 

On today’s Kicker, what the media got right and wrong in the 2022 midterm election. Ross Barkan, a politics reporter for New York magazine, The Nation, and other outlets, talks with CJR’s editor and publisher, Kyle Pope, about the media’s penchant for speculation in divisive elections.

Also in the discussion: how the media grapples with writing about a democracy in peril. “Is this the election that will determine the future of democracy?” Barkan asks. “Maybe, maybe not. But I have my own reservations about that kind of grandiose rhetoric.”

Read Ross Barkan’s reporting for the Columbia Journalism Review here. 

SHOW NOTES

Is 2016 in the Air? Ross Barkan, Political Currents

Why Isn’t Kathy Hochul Running Away with Her Race for Reelection? Ross Barkan, The Nation

Sign up for CJR's daily email

In Final Push for Votes, Both Parties Court Black Men, Clyde McGrady and Maya King, the New York Times

 

Has America ever needed a media watchdog more than now? Help us by joining CJR today.

Emily Russell is a CJR fellow.