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This Week: Midterm Elections, Incumbents in Trouble, Motivating Voters

pbs.org — Five days and counting until the mid-term elections and only two things are certain: polls show a number of key Senate races are tightening and the push to motivate voters to cast their ballots is intensifying. The big prize for Democrats and Republicans -- winning control of the Senate and in turn the ability to shape the legislative agenda in 2015 and beyond.

Authenticity matters to voters deciding Alaska's Senate race

pbs.org — One of the most competitive and consequential Senate races this year is in Alaska, where voters give more than lip service to state identity and their suspicion of outsiders -- and President Obama. Liz Ruskin of Alaska Public Media offers a look at the two candidates and the political lay of the land in America's last frontier.

5 Great Online Election Trackers for the U.S. Midterms

pbs.org — With the 2014 U.S. midterm elections just days away, attention is on voter habits and concerns, as well as how political campaigners are leveraging different methods to target their voter base. The Pew Research Center's recent report on how liberals and conservatives inhabit different media worlds underscores the influence media has on voter awareness.
Oct 31, 2014

Tools by @Bing, @NationalJournal & @NYTimes can help you navigate next week's elections: ow.ly/Dz46p

Oct 30, 2014

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Oct 30, 2014

"Voters now also have more tools than ever to help them sort through all the information, spin or otherwise." ow.ly/Dz3sa

Oct 30, 2014

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Paul Krugman on why Janet Yellen is the un-central banker

pbs.org — Editor's Note: No one said the Federal Reserve's job is easy. And if you believe Nashville money manager (aka econo-crooner Merle Hazard), it has a harder job than other central banks because it has not one but two mandates.

The economy is improving, so why aren’t voters embracing the optimism?

pbs.org — The U.S. economy appears to be on the upswing, consumer confidence and growth are up and the jobless rate is down. But polls show that voters' feelings about the economy lag behind the signs of improvement. Gwen Ifill talks to NewsHour political editor Domenico Montanaro about some of the races that will most affected by the economy.
Oct 30, 2014

The economy's improving, so why aren’t voters embracing the optimism? It's not always the economy, stupid to.pbs.org/1sNHLbA @NewsHour

Actor Jeremy Renner

pbs.org — Guest interviews are usually available online within 24 hours of broadcast. The two-time Oscar nominee discusses what he learned about the U.S. media in making the political drama, Kill the Messenger.
Oct 30, 2014

What makes a journalist? 2nite on @PBS #KillTheMessenger's Jeremy Renner @Renner4Real discusses the film + true story ow.ly/DxLQu

Robert Weissman, Public Citizen President

pbs.org — Guest interviews are usually available online within 24 hours of broadcast. The corporate accountability expert offers his thoughts on campaign finance reform. Robert Weissman is an expert on issues related to financial accountability and corporate responsibility.
Oct 30, 2014

Money, politics, repeat - 2nite on @PBS catch our convo w/ @Public_Citizen Pres. Robert Weissman on the effect + more ow.ly/DxLJv

Creating a ‘Virtual Space’ for Community News

pbs.org — The inewsource "virtual space" idea started with a simple goal: get more eyeballs on inewsource content. But as we started to play around with a strategy, the goal became much more ambitious. I've long believed that as traditional media has shrunk, people seeking information valuable to their lives have thronged to the niches - whether it's a subject area or a geography - to find what they need.
Oct 30, 2014

Data "gives our reporting a precision and credibility you don’t have otherwise." ~@loriehearn of @inewsource ow.ly/Dz6aE

Oct 30, 2014

"As traditional media has shrunk, people seeking information valuable to their lives have thronged to the niches." ow.ly/Dz5RM

Oct 30, 2014

Keep an eye on these guys MT @PBSMediaShift: Nxt step for @inewsource virtual space idea is finding a project manager ow.ly/Dz5Jd

Oct 30, 2014

The next step for @inewsource's virtual space idea is finding a project manager for their social media campaign ow.ly/Dz5As

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There’s a giant spot on the sun, and it’s acting weird

pbs.org — The giant spot on the face of the sun has scientists scratching their heads. By the time it rotated into our view, it was already 80,000 miles wide, big enough to fit all of Jupiter, big enough to lay 10 Earths, side by side, across.
Oct 30, 2014

Huh. A bit over my head. But interesting.RT @NewsHour: There's a Jupiter-sized spot on the sun that's acting...weird to.pbs.org/1nRfAgu

Oct 30, 2014

RT @NewsHour: There's a Jupiter-sized spot on the sun that's acting...weird to.pbs.org/1nRfAgu

Oct 30, 2014

#thanksobama RT @NewsHour: There's a Jupiter-sized spot on the sun that's acting...weird to.pbs.org/1nRfAgu

Oct 30, 2014

Mmm, deep-dish pizza. RT There’s a giant spot on the sun, and it’s acting weird | PBS NewsHour to.pbs.org/1rEH3gw via @NewsHour

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The six bellwether counties of 2014

pbs.org — Some of us can't wait for Election Night. Instead of pundit talk, we get actual raw vote. There are several counties to watch in several key states, but let's take a look at possible bellwethers in six key states.

For toddlers, it’s the quality of the screen time that matters, study reveals

pbs.org — Parents, you can give up the twinge of guilt you feel when you let your toddler watch television or play with your smartphone or tablet, according to a new report from Zero to Three. It's true that young children learn most easily from one-to-one interaction with their parents and other caregivers or educators.

The Year of the Woman Redux

pbs.org — On back-to-back days this weekend, I found myself covering a woman candidate who was furiously peddling herself -- to women voters. Kay Hagan, the incumbent North Carolina Democrat who is perilously close to losing her Senate seat to a man, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis, spent one afternoon locking arms with Hillary Clinton, and the next bonding with Cecile Richards, the CEO of Planned Parenthood.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @washingtonweek: Is 2014 the new "year of the woman?" @GwenIfill says not so much. Read her Take to.pbs.org/1rE0Eh8

What's growing in West Virginia's urban ruins?

pbs.org — WHEELING, W.Va. - When Danny Swan first broke ground on his West Virginia farm in June 2008, his rototiller hit a baby doll. Then some porcelain plates. Then a pair of pantyhose. It didn't take him long to discover that pieces of an entire urban neighborhood were buried beneath the soil - "bricks and rocks and everything else contained in houses that used to be here," he said.
Oct 31, 2014

Pretty cool: Photo essay: What's growing in West Virginia's urban ruins? to.pbs.org/1rFwUjL via @NewsHour

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Galway Kinnell dies at 87

pbs.org — American poet Galway Kinnell, whose work emphasized the ordinary over the fantastical, died from leukemia Tuesday at his home in Sheffield, Vermont. He was 87. Influenced by Walt Whitman, Kinnell sympathized with common folk in his poems, and pointed toward nature as a source of solace from the social ills of the day.

For-profit colleges face 'gainful employment' rule

pbs.org — WASHINGTON - For-profit colleges that don't produce graduates capable of paying off their student loans could soon face the wrath of the federal government.

Red Cross defends response to Hurricane Sandy two years on

pbs.org — After Hurricane Sandy devastated the northeast in 2012, the Red Cross supplied food, clothes and shelter to tens of thousands left homeless by the storm. But two years later, internal documents show logistical problems and communication snafus led to wasteful spending and unmet needs.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @NewsHour: At 2nd anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Red Cross responds to criticism of waste and response delays to.pbs.org/1viAL8y

Daily Must Reads, October 30, 2014

pbs.org — MediaShift explains how traditional media such as newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, music and movies are changing with digital disruption and adapting their business models for a more mobile, networked world. If you're interested in submitting a guest column, see our guidelines here.
Oct 30, 2014

MPAA & National Association of Theatre Owners ban Google Glass, other wearable tech; and more in today's #MustReads: ow.ly/DztOu

Oct 30, 2014

As journalism and documentary film converge in digital, what lessons can they share?; and more in today's #MustReads: ow.ly/DztIG

Journalism & Digital Education Roundup, October 30, 2014

pbs.org — 1. Before the "teaching model" of journalism education: 5 questions to ask (Katherine Reed / Nieman Lab) 2. Out of touch parents blocking development of children s digital skills (Roland Moore-Colyer / V3) 3. <a href=http://ow.
Oct 30, 2014

What does digital literacy look like in the classroom?; and more in this week's Journalism & Digital Ed Roundup: ow.ly/DzsRl

Oct 30, 2014

Can creative writing enhance journalism education?; and more in this week's Journalism & Digital Ed Roundup: ow.ly/DzsMu

Oct 30, 2014

Do 'out of touch’ parents block children’s digital skills?; and more in this week's Journalism & Digital Ed Roundup: ow.ly/Dzp93

Allman Brothers Band goes out on a high note

pbs.org — One of the most legendary bands in rock 'n' roll took the stage for the last time Tuesday. Founded by Gregg Allman and his late brother Duane, the Allman Brothers Band has been synonymous with Southern rock and musicianship since the 1970s.