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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

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In MI-11, a candidate ducks, but can’t avoid coverage

Detroit Free Press digs in to Bentivolio’s background, though local outlets can do more on the money beat

MICHIGAN — Reporters covering the US congressional campaign for Michigan’s 11th district have a truly unusual story on their hands.... More

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Michigan media on voter fraud

The story in the state so far—and what’s missing from it

MICHIGAN — In Michigan, the political landscape tends to be divided by—well, by landscape. East and West, rural and urban,... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Journalists subpoenaed in ‘pink-slime’ suit - BPI wants emails from NYT’s Michael Moss, public-health lawyer Michele Simon, and others

Bloomberg struggles to break out of the box - Justin Smith’s ambitious digital transformation hits some bumps

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Embedded with the Koch brothers - Hometown reporters get rare access to the media-shy oilmen, with mixed results


James Fallows on David Frum’s asserted, then retracted, charge the NYT ran fake photos of Gaza

“For all their blind spots and flaws, reporters on the scene are trying to see, so they can tell, and the photographic and video reporters take greater risks than all the rest, since they must be closer to the action. For people on the other side of the world to casually assert that they’re just making things up—this could and would drive them crazy.”

The 60-second interview: Marty Baron (Capital New York)

CAPITAL: I just noticed that the most-read story right now on your website is an aggregated piece about a Russian lizard sex station in space. BARON: [Laughs] Is that right?

Your iPhone can now make free encrypted calls (Wired)

The beginning of the end of burner phones?

The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

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