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Gwen’s Take | Journalism 101: Getting It Right

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It had already been a hectic, headlong week when a reporter I like, respect and admire made a big mistake. In the rush to get the news fast and first, he got it wrong.

I'm not interested in beating up on him, because it could have easily been me. We all want instant solace. When the President declared to the mourners gathered at Boston's Cathedral of The Holy Cross: "Yes, we will find you. And, yes, you will face justice." We got that. That's how the story ends, right? The bad guys get caught.

Chat With Gwen: June 28, 2012

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Thursday, June 28th live chat with Gwen Ifill. Read the transcript below.

Summer 2012 Reading List

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Looking for some good summer reading? Check out the books Gwen and the Washington Week panelists recommend for the beach, the car, the plane or the pool. From fiction to politics, history to biography, there is something for everybody. The smartest reporters in Washington, D.C. bring you their suggestions for the summer's best reads.


The Backstory: 9/11 and the Death of Osama bin Laden

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Martha Raddatz, ABC News Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, recalls a personal conversation with her son on the night Osama bin Laden was killed. She also discusses how September 11th changed Americans and changed journalism in Washington Week's "The Backstory."

From the Vault: Remembering David Broder

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Remembering Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and long time Washington Week panelist David Broder one year after his passing. Watch a tribute to a dear colleague and friend. Watch the memorial service.

Voice of the Voters: Florida Youth

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Getting a job in an uncertain economy---that's the number one concern of young voters in the run-up to the Florida GOP Primary. Washington Week partnered with the University of Central Florida to hear student perspectives on the 2012 Election. Details from student journalists Lindsey Taylor & Shannon Garlin as our Washington Week Student Voices feature heads to the Sunshine state.

Taking Voters At Their Words

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Pundits. Analysts. Historians. Political scientists. The landscape is lousy with them this election year, and I love talking with them.

But in our PBS NewsHour political coverage this year, we are making a special commitment to seek out the opinions of the people who actually cast the votes. And in each of the contests we have covered so far, we have found they do not disappoint.

Stop the Press

On The Radar

Iraqi journalism—which Washington had hoped would ensure a democratic, transparent government—faces an intense government crackdown. 

Dog Whistle politics:

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You talking to ME?

The past several days have handed me a cluster of excuses to return to one of my favorite topics: what happens when politicians speak in code. Known in some circles as dog-whistle politics – saying one thing intended to be heard only by those with sensitized hearing – it’s recently been on varied display.

Our Washington Week Panelists: Getting the Story

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My flight from Seattle had just touched down at Reagan Washington National airport late Sunday night when I clicked on my BlackBerry. It immediately began buzzing with an alarming stream of emails and tweets.