Colorado- Colorado's media landscape suffered a blow when the great Rocky Mountain News went out of business in February of 2009. And as a result, the coverage of the Senate and gubernatorial races was slow to ramp up in 2009, despite fascinating primaries on both sides. But the Denver Post recovered by the conventions, and began producing strong coverage on what had to be the some of the most entertaining races in the country. The Post was helped by quality small-town coverage by the Durango Herald, Pueblo Chieftain and the Fort Collins Coloradoan. Connecticut- For a small state, Connecticut has extremely good in-depth political coverage, spearheaded by the Connecticut Hearst papers, Hartford Courant, New London Day and the New Haven Register. New York City papers like the New York Times also cover the state, usually belatedly, but occasionally broke scoops like the Dick Blumenthal (D)-Vietnam story this year. But the best coverage of this cycle goes to newcomer CT Mirror, a non-profit operation of talented policy and political reporters who covered this year's Senate and gubernatorial races with unusual sophistication. Delaware- The Wilmington News Journal is the only worthwhile newspaper for political coverage in Delaware, with the Newark Post making an occasional contribution. While the News Journal had the best coverage of the Senate race after Christine O'Donnell (R) won the primary -- and after she announced she wasn't going to speak with national press organizations -- their coverage before O'Donnell's possible upset over Rep. Mike Castle (R) was minimal. National media covered the race once the Republican race between Castle and O'Donnell hit the home stretch. Florida- If there's any state with more than enough press coverage, it's got to be Florida, with the partnership of the Miami Herald and St. Petersburg Times leading the way, especially in investigative journalism. But that's not all -- the Orlando Sentinel, Palm Beach Post and Tampa Tribune also featured wide-ranging coverage. And all of those papers also had blogs that are some of the best in the business, like "The Buzz" and "Political Pulse." By the end of the cycle, with a fizzling Senate race and an over-covered gubernatorial race, we were hoping that some Florida reporters might decide to move to a different, less blanketed state. Georgia- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by far dominates political reporting in the Peach State, with "Political Insider" Jim Galloway as the go-to guru. The AJC and AP often covered the same investigative stories during in 2010 or piggybacked on each other's reports regarding the gubernatorial race. The level of depth and frequency of investigative pieces stands out the most from both the AJC's Alan Judd and AP's Shannon McCaffrey. Otherwise, Savannah Morning News's Larry Peterson served as a constant presence on the reporting scene as did the staff from NBC-Atlanta affiliate WXIA.
The Ultimate State-By-State Guide To Political Media, Part 1
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