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How ‘Washington Watch with Roland Martin’ succeeds

Roland Martin is always multitasking. He is a syndicated columnist, author, CNN contributor, and senior analyst with “The Tom Joyner Morning Show,” all in addition to his role as host and managing editor of the only … Read more

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New website helps viewers see how news is skewed

With 60 percent of Americans saying they do not trust mainstream media to fully, accurately or fairly report the news, Colleen Bradford Krantz launched skewednewstutor.com, a project that she hopes will help the public identify why a news … Read more

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Romney charges journalists to cover tonight’s party, Obama gives journalists free access

Journalists covering Mitt Romney's election night party will have to pay for the privilege.

During national conventions, campaigns typically charge news organizations for use of electricity and Internet access, but instituting what is essentially a cover charge just for journalists to be admitted into the parties is a new move, reports Robert Rizzuto for MassLive.com.

Romney will hold his election night party at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

The Romney campaign cover charge appears to be hitting student journalists particularly hard, but is also likely to shut-out independent bloggers and smaller news organizations. (more...)
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Why Black Enterprise was given an exclusive interview with Mitt Romney

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney did not reach out to black media until August when senior campaign adviser Tara Wall called and offered Black Enterprise an exclusive interview with the candidate. The interview made Black Enterprise the only black media outlet that Romney spoke with on the record, said April D. Ryan, White House Correspondent and Washington Bureau Chief for American Urban Radio Networks. Oprah Winfrey interviewed Romney. And he spoke off-the-record to several members of the black press. But he broke promises, including to Ryan, that he would later speak with them on-the-record, she said. (more...)
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SC jail stops publishing mug shots

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The Richland County Jail in South Carolina has stopped publishing mug shot arrest photos after learning that a website was posting the photos and then charging $400 to have the images removed.

Some of those having to pay the hefty fee were clients of Seth Rose, a Richland County Councilman and local defense attorney.

"I just think there are ethical concerns," Rose told WLTX in Columbia, South Carolina. "I think this should be against the law." (more...)
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As 4 stations cancel his show, is Tavis Smiley’s advocacy journalism too political for public radio?

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Five things we’re watching for in tonight’s Vice Presidential debate

Normally, the vice presidential debate hardly matters, but in light of the close polls following last week’s debate between the two presidential candidates, the spotlight will likely be brighter than usual on Vice President Joe Biden and Republican challenger Rep. … Read more

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Lehrer: ‘Part of my moderator mission was to stay out of the way’

The Democratic co-chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates called criticism of moderator Jim Lehrer’s performance “unfair.” More than 58 million viewers were watching last night's debate between President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney, according to the overnight ratings.

“There’s a lot of beating up on Jim Lehrer today and I think there ought to be a little time to let things settle in a little bit before we make any summary judgment,” Mike McCurry told Poynter by phone while on a plane to Austin, Texas. (more...)
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A podium stands on stage as a worker cleans lint off the background for a debate at the University of Denver Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, in Denver. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will hold their first debate Wednesday. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

5 things you need to know about the first presidential debate

President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney will meet tonight for the first time to go head-to-head over domestic policy issues. Moderating his 12th nationally televised presidential debate, PBS Executive Editor Jim Lehrer selected the topics to be … Read more

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Presidential Debate Commission co-chair blames TV networks for lack of diversity among moderators

During Wednesday’s presidential debate, moderator Jim Lehrer will have the same freedoms male moderators have enjoyed since the modern day presidential debates began more than two decades ago – asking their own questions – while Candy Crowley, the second woman Read more

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