PoliticalShift

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Education
by Megan Fromm

Like many journalism educators, I spend a significant amount of time in my classes drawing what I hope is an unimpeachable link between journalism at its finest and democracy at its purest. I quote James Madison (in faux Colonial voice, no less), we read Cato’s letters, and my students learn what “watchdog” and the “Fourth […] more »

PoliticalShift
by Michael Cervieri

The Washington Post is creating an algorithm to augment its fact checking of political speeches. How might it work? And do we want it to? During the Republican primaries in 2011, Steven Ginsberg, national political editor for the Washington Post, was covering a Michele Bachmann speech in Iowa. It was a small affair, not much […] more »

PoliticalShift
by Amy Hong

After the death of Hugo Chavez was announced this week, individuals across the globe — from everyday Venezuelans to Barack Obama to Billy Bragg — took to the Twitterverse to comment on the late Latin American leader’s passing. Some mourned his death, while others expressed vehement support or outright rejection of his political ideologies. This […] more »

Mediatwits
by Mark Glaser

We are back with the Mediatwits podcast, revamped in a roundtable format with “regulars” and occasional special guests. This week we have Mark Glaser moderating, along with the Guardian’s Ana Marie Cox, Seattle Times’ Mónica Guzmán and Reuters’ Felix Salmon (USC’s Andrew Lih can’t join us this week). Special guest Andrew Sullivan will be joining […] more »

PoliticalShift
by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

Over the next few weeks, all eyes will be on the so-called “battleground states” of Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. So, how did the presidential candidates fare in those places during their third and final debate? If social media is any indication, it’s still a mixed bag. Below is an interesting infographic […] more »

PoliticalShift
by Ari Melber

Click to read our whole series We are all fact-checkers now. For years, Americans’ political press has been stuck in a fact-free model of neutrality, often covering even the most obvious lies as “one side” of a dispute. From Swift Boats and global warming to Iraq’s nonexistent WMDs, this coverage shrouds even rudimentary empirical claims […] more »

PoliticalShift
by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Craigslist founder Craig Newmark want more people to know how important Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA 230) is in protecting free speech on the Internet. To that end, the EFF and Newmark’s craigconnects initiative released this infographic to highlight the importance of the federal law. Newmark said […] more »

PoliticalShift
by Jenny Xie

The 2012 election season will gain a lot of momentum with the upcoming party conventions — the Republicans up first in Tampa, Fla., this week and the Democrats the following week in Charlotte, N.C. As with any major event happening in the past year, a lot of attention is given to how the online population […] more »

PoliticalShift
by Mark Hannah

Last week, Google’s “Politics, Elections and Public Sector” team unveiled a “Four Screens to Victory” infographic that highlights new trends in how Americans gather political information. The folks at Google suggest that television may be losing its primacy in the world of campaign advertising, and they hope that political campaigns will begin to shift their ad […] more »


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