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Why scientists often hate records requests

The shadow side of sunlight laws

A mammoth open records request by an anti-GMO nonprofit is making headlines this month for the sheer breadth of its... More

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Dan Gilbert stories disappear with no explanation to readers

They’re back online today, but it was a bad move by these alt-weeklies

DETROIT, MI — Last fall, Detroit’s Metro Times and Cleveland’s Scene, alt-weeklies owned by Euclid Media, each published big, ambitious... More

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James Hamblin: A fresh perspective for health journalism

The Atlantic editor has accumulated a loyal following with his video series “If Our Bodies Could Talk”

James Hamblin keeps getting compared to Doogie Howser. Sure, The Atlantic's senior editor and health columnist came to the gig... More

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MLive lays off two senior journalists

John Barnes and Meegan Holland helped lead coverage of Michigan

DETROIT, MI — MLive, one of Michigan’s largest online news sources, has laid off two senior journalists who helped lead... More

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Is national media ignoring local science fraud?

Instances are being covered as local stories rather than as data points in a national narrative

In a rare case, a former Iowa State University scientist was prosecuted by a federal attorney last summer for faking... More

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The end of Modern Farmer?

An award-winning magazine struggles to connect with readers

Modern Farmer, the stylish quarterly that tried to mix cosmopolitan glamour with a back-to-the-land ethos, is ceasing publication one month... More

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New law threatens reporter-source relationship

Pennsylvania’s “Silencing Act,” passed in latest Mumia backlash, faces court challenge from journalists

DETROIT, MI — Why should journalists care about a new Pennsylvania law that limits the speech of people convicted of... More

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How a Cleveland news outlet obtained key video in Tamir Rice shooting

Northeast Ohio Media Group “persistently pestered” the city for full footage

DETROIT, MI — The story just gets worse. Video released more than a month ago showed a white cop in... More

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Looking for Philadelphia’s digital audience

Diana Lind discusses what she’s learned at Next City and what she hopes to bring to Philly.com

DETROIT, MI -- How do you engage readers with local reporting? That's the question that Diana Lind is tackling in... More

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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

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news


The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”

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