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How a top investigative team makes its stories stick

Every newsroom wants coverage with impact. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel shows how it’s done

DETROIT, MI -- Among the old metro dailies, that battered flagship of American journalism, the most celebrated investigative newsroom in... More

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How do you cover a bankrupt city?

Reporters from Detroit’s two dailies on chasing a “life-altering, precedent-setting” story

DETROIT, MI -- Is Detroit the newsiest city in America? You could make a case for it. Between the largest... More

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AxisPhilly makes a splash. Can it last?

The young site made tax reporting engaging, even beautiful. For its next trick, it’s seeking a business model for local public-interest news

DETROIT, MI -- When the Online News Association announced the finalists for its 2013 awards recently, it may have raised... More

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What’s next in Ann Arbor?

Advance changes gears again, as media-savvy locals try to fill the gaps

DETROIT, MI -- The Ann Arbor News was back on newsstands last week, four years after Advance Publications closed the... More

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What makes Radio Times work?

Host Marty Moss-Coane talks about bringing national political issues to a local audience

DETROIT, MI -- The first hour of the Aug. 20 installment of Radio Times, a long-running show on Philadelphia's WHYY,... More

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Does Gannett think its own papers matter?

As job cuts hit the chain, coverage—and answers—are in short supply

DETROIT, MI -- Want to learn what the deal is with the hundreds of layoffs unfolding at Gannett newspapers across... More

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‘I am alive at the Plain Dealer…’

On “PD-D Day,” layoffs at Cleveland paper claim some 50 experienced journalists

DETROIT, MI -- More than one-third of the editorial staffers at the venerable Cleveland Plain Dealer lost their jobs on... More

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Michigan’s ‘free-market’ media machine

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is a major player in state media. What to make of it?

DETROIT, MI -- In a time of upheaval for both politics and media, state-level think tanks sit at a peculiar... More

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How Wisconsin’s watchdogs kept their home

Investigative newsroom drew on a network of allies in successful bid for governor’s veto

DETROIT, MI -- The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism scored a big win over the weekend, as Gov. Scott Walker,... More

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Detroit News noses out a school reform ‘skunk works’

But the wider education story is hardly black and white. How can news outlets do more for readers on this critical issue?

DETROIT, MI -- Education policy in Michigan and the debates around it have become a tangled thicket for reporters (and... More

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Watch out, watchdogs

GOP-led Wisconsin legislature moves to push investigative journalists off campus

DETROIT, MI -- At the conclusion of a marathon overnight session, Wisconsin legislators early this morning added a provision to... More

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In Pittsburgh campaign, ad buy files prove mayor’s involvement

Post-Gazette reporter: online access to records was “huge”

DETROIT, MI -- About three weeks before the May 21 mayoral primary in Pittsburgh, an attack ad against a leading... More

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StateImpact makes its mark, but won’t expand

As NPR exits the ambitious project, director says, “we changed the way reporting is done”

Two years ago, with statehouse bureaus taking huge cuts in a contracting media landscape, National Public Radio designed the StateImpact... More

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Q&A: Afi-Odelia Scruggs of PD Now What?

A former Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter on the “too big to ignore” paper and its place in the city

DETROIT, MI -- Afi-Odelia E. Scruggs was one of the last hires of the Cleveland Plain Dealer during its hiring... More

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Plain Dealer announces reduced print delivery, creation of new digital company

No layoffs—yet—at Advance’s paper in Cleveland

DETROIT, MI -- Ever since owner Advance Publications notified staff at the Cleveland Plain Dealer of looming layoffs late last... More

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Expand Ohio’s Medicaid expansion story

Keep people at the fore, but dig into the private insurance angle

DETROIT, MI -- While reporters across the country are tackling the Medicaid expansion story as the Affordable Care Act takes... More

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A close watch on Scott Walker’s jobs pledge

For PolitiFact Wisconsin’s “Walk-o-meter,” the key innovation is sustained attention

DETROIT, MI -- When Scott Walker campaigned to become the governor of Wisconsin in 2010, there was one promise that... More

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Behind The Detroit News’s deep dive on property taxes

Lead reporter Christine MacDonald discusses how the investigation came together

DETROIT, MI -- Word came this afternoon: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will announce Friday whether he intends to name an... More

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A puzzling parade of projections in PA

As debate on Medicaid expansion continues, can reporters point the way to credible figures?

DETROIT, MI -- Would a Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania cost the state millions? Billions? Or will it actually bring in... More

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At The Plain Dealer, a shrinking staff delivers some solid work

But how will statehouse and politics coverage hold up once layoffs take effect?

DETROIT, MI -- There will be many rich politics stories to follow in Ohio in 2013. But when the subject... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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