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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

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How the Detroit Free Press won a Pulitzer for commentary

The paper put columns at the forefront of its coverage of the city’s bankruptcy

DETROIT, MI -- This might just be the newsiest city in America--and Stephen Henderson's job is to make sense of... More

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Busted is a tale of police corruption—and of a newspaper on the edge

Philadelphia Daily News reporters turn Pulitzer-winning series into a new book

DETROIT, MI -- They're a reporter duo who have turned an acclaimed newspaper series into a new book, so the... More

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Existing restrictions on access to gun records? Not good enough, lawmakers say

Michigan lawmakers move to codify gun exemption even while strengthening FOIA law

DETROIT, MI -- The year of the Journal News backlash isn't over yet. When the suburban New York newspaper published... More

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Will a new website deliver on Wisconsin’s promises about transparency?

OpenBook promises to let light in on state spending, but it’s a limited tool for now

DETROIT, MI -- As media watchdogs know all too well, it can be hard to get a handle on what's... More

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Grief and grievances at The Plain Dealer

Advance’s paper in Cleveland is embroiled in a labor dispute as it charts a new digital path

DETROIT, MI -- Are the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the new Northeast Ohio Media Group two separate companies? Both are... More

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‘This used to be a newsroom’ — the scene at the Cleveland Plain Dealer

As a diminished staff adapts to new rules and new space, “newsroom culture is gone”

Editor's note: The photo that appeared above this post has been removed at the request of the photographer. References to... More

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Healthcare reporter ISO agenda-free source

CJR convened Midwestern journalists to discuss pitfalls, possibilities of covering the politicized ACA

DETROIT, MI -- Healthcare reporters are in a tricky spot. They may understand that covering the Affordable Care Act's insurance... More

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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

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

The worst journalism of 2014 - A recap of the year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

Why the media don’t get Detroit—and why it matters - Coverage of declining cities is too often simplistic and lacking historical context

21st-century censorship - Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media

Jesse Brown punctures Canada’s media bubble - The independent journalist uses his website and podcast to break stories that might otherwise go unpublished


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

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

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