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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

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Gun control coverage in the Great Lakes

How did the region’s reporters tell the story of Obama’s January 16th proposal?

Anna Clark followed campaign coverage in Michigan during the 2012 election for CJR's Swing States Project. This year, she will... More

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In Michigan, a look back on the 2012 campaign

A veteran journalist and a young reporter talk about lessons learned

MICHIGAN — It was hard. That’s how Marisa Schultz, political reporter for The Detroit News, sums up the experience of... More

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A missed connection on Michigan’s ballot questions?

Bridge battle draws the attention, but Props 1 and 2 could lead to future conflict

MICHIGAN — On Tuesday, voters will here sift through six ballot initiatives that could transform the state’s policies on a... More

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At Michigan’s edge, global warming emerges as campaign issue

But spotty local coverage of House race is sometimes too soft on climate denialism

MICHIGAN — Climate change is one of the great disappearing issues of the 2012 campaign. Though President Obama made climate... More

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Detroit papers on Romney’s misleading Jeep ad

A campaign ad airs in Ohio but gets a close (sometimes muddled) look from Detroit reporters

MICHIGAN — Over the weekend, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney began running a new 30-second ad in Ohio in which... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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