Chuck Todd: Social media has flattened out barriers to entry for presidential candidates

If you ask NBC Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd how social media has changed political coverage, he’ll tell you that it’s made it more reactive, and more anecdotal. “140 characters is a great way of sharing the anecdote, but you can sometimes be drilling down so far that you forget the big picture,” ToddContinue reading “Chuck Todd: Social media has flattened out barriers to entry for presidential candidates”

Bob Woodward: ‘I get up in the morning and ask, what are the bastards hiding?’

Last week I got the chance to interview longtime investigative reporter Bob Woodward while he was at my workplace, The Poynter Institute for Media Studies. I talked with him one-on-one and then listened to two talks he delivered at Poynter. Here are some of the highlights from my interview with him and his talks: Woodward,Continue reading “Bob Woodward: ‘I get up in the morning and ask, what are the bastards hiding?’”

Exploring Journalists’ Role in Covering Kagan’s Sexual Orientation

Last week I wrote a piece about how journalists have covered the speculation about Elena Kagan’s sexual orientation. What I found in my reporting was that the Fifth Estate has been talking at length about the rumors that say Kagan is a lesbian, while the mainstream media have hardly joined the conversation. I interviewed Slate’sContinue reading “Exploring Journalists’ Role in Covering Kagan’s Sexual Orientation”

Journalists, Community Help ProPublica with its ‘Super Bowl Blitz’ Investigation

In timing with Super Bowl XLIV, I wrote a story about ProPublica’s investigation into which Congress members were going to the game and whether they would be fundraising there. ProPublica reporter Marcus Stern is the lead reporter on the “Super Bowl Blitz” project, which is one of several projects he hopes to pursue this yearContinue reading “Journalists, Community Help ProPublica with its ‘Super Bowl Blitz’ Investigation”

Interviewing Katie Couric about Political Journalism, Future of Network Newscasts

Earlier this week I had the privilege of interviewing Katie Couric, who just won an Alfred I. duPont award for her series of interviews with former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Having grown up watching Couric on “The TODAY Show,” I was excited to talk with her by phone about her career as a journalistContinue reading “Interviewing Katie Couric about Political Journalism, Future of Network Newscasts”

What ‘The Daily Show’ Writers & Producers Think about the Media

About a week and a half ago, I tweeted: ” ‘Daily Show’ watchers: What are some of your favorite clips? Which ones have you found to be most clever, convincing?” I was planning to write a story about “The Daily Show” and wanted to learn more from readers about the kinds of clips they like.Continue reading “What ‘The Daily Show’ Writers & Producers Think about the Media”

Obama’s Historic Inauguration Unites People, Renews Hope

The masses flocked to Washington, D.C., to witness a defining moment for our generation, the swearing in of the nation’s first African American president, Barack Obama. They waited in lines, faced the cold and ran on little sleep in a city that seemed to flash continuously with lights, loud noises and waving flags. And yetContinue reading “Obama’s Historic Inauguration Unites People, Renews Hope”

Traveling to D.C. for Obama’s Inauguration

I’m sitting in an Amtrak station now, waiting to take a train from Baltimore to Union Station in Washington, D.C. Like millions of others, I’ve come to see the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama. I may not have much Internet access throughout the next few days, but you can be sure I’ll be writing moreContinue reading “Traveling to D.C. for Obama’s Inauguration”

Helping to Put Together Poynter’s Book of Election Front Pages

Recently, I helped put together The Poynter Institute’s new election front page book, which features 75 newspaper front pages from around the world. My editor, Julie Moos, thought of the idea for the book and led the institute’s efforts in putting it together in just two weeks. The goal was to have it published inContinue reading “Helping to Put Together Poynter’s Book of Election Front Pages”