Reporting California's Recall Election

December 2003
Nieman Reports;Winter2003, Vol. 57 Issue 4, p47
The section introduces a series of articles on the news reporting regarding the 2003 California governor recall elections. "San Francisco Chronicle" newspaper columnist Mark Simon reflects on the changes he observed, most strikingly the impact of the Internet and the self-absorbed way the political press perceive their role and work. Jim Bettinger of Stanford University contends that political reporters risk becoming irrelevant to a political process that may be undergoing fundamental change. Daniel Weintraub, a political columnist, was finding the fast-moving campaign to be a perfect marriage of medium and message. Political editor and columnist Pilar Marrero reflects on how often journalists relied on her to report on what Latinos thought about the election, instead of reporting the story themselves.


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