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Meet the reporter who broke Philadelphia’s civil forfeiture story—two years ago

Isaiah Thompson delivered local investigative reporting with impact

DETROIT, MI — Call it slow-burn impact reporting. Two years ago, an investigative reporter named Isaiah Thompson exposed the massive... More

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What a Cleveland news outlet should learn from its flawed Tamir Rice coverage

The Northeast Ohio Media Group faces criticism from readers, and from fellow journalists

DETROIT, MI — Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy holding a novelty pellet gun, is shot dead by police in a... More

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The Texas school board isn’t as powerful as you think

Its textbook clout has waned but reporters are still writing as though it hasn’t

Moses was a major political influence on the Founding Fathers? Scientists "disagree about what is causing climate change"? And they... More

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Will radio save science journalism?

WNYC will soon have a new health unit

In hiring a brand-new health journalism staff, WNYC may be one of the only news outlets in the country that... More

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What can Jim Brady’s new site do for Philadelphia journalism?

Billy Penn targets a milliennial audience, with a focus on community-building

DETROIT, MI  — “Can it last?” That was the question we asked a year ago about AxisPhilly, an ambitious nonprofit journalism... More

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Misleading Jack Schron ad prompts Cleveland’s Scene to review policy

A wrap ad that could be confused for an editorial endorsement is not a great idea

DETROIT, MI — This is the image on the front of the latest issue of Scene, the alt-weekly in Cleveland:... More

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A digital transformation for Science

In transitioning to a new magazine model, the publication’s challenges are familiar

You might call it a scientific experiment. One hundred and thirty-five years after its launch, Science is going from print-centric... More

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Why some newspapers are abandoning endorsements (Updated)

Editors see a risk to credibility, and search for different ways to foster debate

DETROIT, MI — The newspaper endorsement: It’s a hardy trademark of election season, a platform for editorial boards to dispense... More

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The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers

Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper

Like a number of other Gannett newspapers, The Tennessean of Nashville is asking employees to re-apply for their jobs as part of a... More

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Beat transfers prompt new labor questions at The Plain Dealer

After union grievance is settled, move of courts beats sparks concern in parts of the newsroom

DETROIT, MI — Labor disputes linger around the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Scarcely had Advance Publications, the paper’s owner, resolved a grievance brought... More

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Columbus Dispatch lets down readers by unpublishing story

The paper should have offered a clearer explanation—and it should set clear standards

DETROIT, MI — Each day, editors across the country make choices about what news is “fit to print.” But what... More

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GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races

Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh

DETROIT, MI--Deceptive political ads are one thing. But how about deceptive ads that trade on the credibility of journalism? That's... More

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Detroit’s Dan Gilbert and the ‘savior complex’

How do you cover a dominating figure in a struggling city without losing your skepticism?

Quicken Loans founder and chairman Dan Gilbert speaks at a news conference in Detroit in 2007. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) DETROIT,... More

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IRS controversy raises the question: What are the limits of the local angle?

Cincy paper delivered solid coverage, but “what we didn’t do is put a face on it locally”

DETROIT, MI — In May 2013, two weeks after investigative reporter James Pilcher returned to The Cincinnati Enquirer after a stint working for... More

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For Detroit’s alt-weekly, rising ambition and a few questionable decisions

Native ads can be OK—just be clear with readers, and please keep them off the cover!

DETROIT, MI — The Boston Phoenix closed up shop. The Village Voice is diminished by heavy layoffs and staff disquiet.... More

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TNR’s Scott Walker cover story owed a deep debt to some great local reporting

What’s worse than parachute reporting? “Journalists that don’t even get on the damn plane.”

DETROIT, MI — It goes like this: a local reporter digs deep and turns out a substantive story. Then a... More

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The Plain Dealer drops PolitiFact, but keeps on factchecking

Truth in Numbers feature brings reader ratings to the truth squad movement

DETROIT, MI — Josh Mandel didn’t just lose his 2012 bid to unseat Sherrod Brown and claim one of Ohio’s... More

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America’s ‘most poli-sci friendly reporter’ delivered a classic—and readers responded

Craig Gilbert’s epic series showed how wonky political reporting can prosper on the Web

DETROIT, MI — An average time-on-page of nearly 17 minutes. Nearly 50,000 users and 100,000 pageviews, with more than 50... More

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Private schools

As public university boards become increasingly opaque, reporters try to fight back

DETROIT, MI — In Ohio, Kent State University recently conducted a presidential search that was so secretive that search committee... More

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A fierce hunt for justice

Corruption, sexual assaults, and the cops who did it

They're a reporting duo who turned an acclaimed newspaper series into a new book, so the Woodward and Bernstein comparisons... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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