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Is AP writing its own obit?

The AP — a cooperative owned by its members — has softened the financial blow to its customers by promising that it will adjust its rates downward at the same time. This move, apparently, is to establish the principle that AP can lay on an extra charge for the use of its content in online […]

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Covering Hurricane Katrina

The news coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath raised a number of important questions for the news media: how do you discuss race and poverty; should (and when) should journalists become advocates; why are pictures of looting and devastation so easy and pictures of kindness, courage and generosity so hard?

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The public is paying attention

A new Harris survey, conducted in conjunction with the Public Relations Society of America, shows that the public pays close attention to the news and that many of the traditional news organizations are held in high regard.

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What wasn’t covered

An interesting article on the Poynter.org web site gathers opinion from a number of journalism experts about the news media’s performance in 2005. One of the fascinating things about such assessments are the stories that these experts feel journalists ignored or provided less than adequate coverage for.

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The Newseum opens in Washington

Gannett’s splashy new monument to journalism, the Newseum, opened in Washington yesterday. For the most part, I think, the reviews are good.

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Does the political system really work?

Cathryn Brown (Rep.) was elected by the constituents of New Mexico to represent their interests. But I wonder if those voters knew an abortion bill that denies abortion to the victims of rape was part of her agenda.

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150 years and still looking good!

This week marks the 150 year anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing a multitude of slaves.

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Seeing Suffrage

Seeing Suffrage now available for the iPad on the iBookstore

Now, as we approach the centennial of the Washington Suffrage Parade, a new book containing an explanation of the parade and more than 100 exquisite photographs has been published. Seeing Suffrage: The Washington Suffrage Parade, Its Photographs, and Its Effect on the American Political Landscape is now available as an iPad book on the iBookstore. […]

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Women Senators in 2012: An All Time High

The number of women elected to Senate seats has risen drastically since 1993, from 7 to 20 starting with the new 113th Senate. Implications?

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How long did you wait in line to vote?

No One in America Should Have to Wait 7 Hours to Vote – The Atlantic.

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A truly silly video from the New York Times

The opinions section of the New York Times has put together a truly silly video of people expressing some profoundly inane reasons why you shouldn’t vote.

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Early voting: Every day is Election Day

The New York Times has a roundup of early voting around the country and how it has changed the pace of elections.

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The case for taking voting to the online environment

Ori Eisen, founder, chairman and chief innovation officer of online security firm 41st Parameter, makes the case for taking voting online in this Gigaon blog post, It’s Time to Take the Election Online.

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Supreme Court considering challenge to Voting Rights Act

The Voting Rights Act has been around for a very long time and has become part of the political fabric of the nation, especially the states in the South that are the specific targets of the act.

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Seeing Suffrage: The iPad edition is on its way

The iPad edition of the book is nearly complete, and plans now are to have it available on the iBookstore by the first week in November. Because it is electronic and multimedia, the iPad edition will offer much more (and at a significantly lower price) than the print edition.

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Largest Democracy, Low Voter Turnout

This super graphic shows how the US ranks in terms of voter turnout and other issues related to the push to change the voting system.

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Don’t Forget Your ID!

Check out this interactive graphic to see what your state’s requirements are concerning photo identification required to vote in this year’s election! http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections/elections/voter-id.aspx    

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Should criminals be allowed to vote?

This idea of denying people who have been convicted of crimes the right to vote has been debated for a couple of centuries now. It is viewed by many as retribution for an act against society. Should it be forever?

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Music superstars sing to encourage young women to vote

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Timeless words from the Suffrage Movement

Postcards are few and far between these days, but the message on this postcard from the 1900’s speaks a sentiment that echoes throughout history and remains relevant today. Let us carry these words on to future generations!

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