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7 Strategies for Teaching Student Journalists to Cover Midterm Elections

October 31, 2014 Leave a comment

My latest piece for PBS’ MediaShift argues that we need to rethink how we train journalists to cover elections. The rapidly warming relationship between journalists and poltiical scientists points to some things journalism educators can do to improve campaign coverage. The piece is here.

 

 

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What Do The Polls Really Tell Us About the Governor’s Race In Wisconsin?

October 21, 2014 Leave a comment

I was delighted to participate in a forum sponsored by the CapTimes addressing what the polls can tell us about the Wisconsin gubernatorial race. Polling expert and all around good guy Charles Franklin (@pollsandvotes in the Twittersphere), political scientist and gov’s race aggregated poll modeler Brad Jones, and the well-known Democratic pollster Paul Maslin were also on the panel. It was a fun hour. One fun exchange between Paul Maslin and me is here. More videos to come. Moreover, we should all be on the lookout for more interesting forums like this one that the CapTimes will be sponsoring in the future.

In addition to the polls, I talked a bit about history and how hard it has been to unseat governors seeking re-election across our great land. I also shared a bit of research from Diana Mutz on the third-person effect and Danny Hayes on how the media cover campaigns when the polls are close and when they are not.

The great work Charles has done on the Marquette Law Poll and that Brad has done modeling the available surveys suggests a very close race here in the Badger State. Stories on the event are here and here.

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WORT Conversation about the Acceptance Journeys Project

October 14, 2014 Leave a comment

Here is a link to my conversation with Shawnika Hull, a professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UW-Madison, about her incredible research that aims to reduce homophobia and the spread of HIV among black men in Milwaukee. We spoke on October 13th, on 89.9 WORT radio – the people’s megaphone.

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A Conversation about Predisposed: Liberals, Conservatives, and the Biology of Political Differences (on WORT’s “A Public Affair”)

September 14, 2014 Leave a comment

I had the great pleasure of interviewing my former next door office neighbor from my days at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, John Hibbing. We talked about his book (with Kevin Smith and John Alford)Predisposed: Liberals, Conservatives, and the Biology of Political Differences. My interview with John was the second of my guest hosting appearances on 89.9 WORT in Madison’s “A Public Affair.” I had a ball and was happy to share John and friends’ most interesting research with our listeners. You can listen to the conversation here, scroll down to September 12, 2014 to stream it or download it. I recommend downloading so you can fast forward past the banjo that ends the previous show and Friday’s news that leads off the show.

9 Things the Best Political Reporters Do

September 11, 2014 Leave a comment

I am pleased to share with you my first column for PBS’ MediaShift, “9 Things the Best Political Reporters Do.” I wanted to take a break from finding fault with contemporary news coverage and share some strategies that some of the many exellent political reporters use in their work and call on journalism schools to help develop these techniques and strategies in the next generation of reporters. The full piece is here, on the EducationShift page.

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Does Democracy Work?

September 2, 2014 Leave a comment

Here is a link to a piece I wrote for On Wisconsin magazine’s great feature, “Can This Democracy Be Saved?”

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Back in the Saddle Again

July 16, 2014 Leave a comment

After a ridiculously long hiatus, I am back. . . not with a post but with a link.

I am delighted to announce that I will occasionally fill in as a substitute host on Madison public radio station WORT (89.9 on your FM dial). It is an honor and a pleasure to join the ranks of those contributing to public conversation about important matters on “Madison’s Public Megaphone” on the daily program “A Public Affair,” which airs from 12:00pm-1:00pm on weekdays. Thanks to the brilliant Karma Chávez for recommending me to WORT management!

My maiden voyage was yesterday, 7/15/14. the topic: polarization. My guest? The great Lew Friedland.

You can listen to the show here.

I had a ton of fun shaking off the rust – the first time I’ve hosted the news on the radio since 2000 when I worked as a political reporter and anchor for Omaha’s 50,000 AM radio blowtorch, 1110 KFAB.

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