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What a cardboard cutout says about local news priorities

Stanford scholar James Hamilton discusses TV stations’ pursuit of the marginal viewer

Yesterday, Jim Romenesko introduced readers to “Michelle” and “Lisa DeVries,” a pair of middle-aged, prosperous white moms who, according to... More

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Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit

Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

When a newspaper requests information, there are plenty of ways government bodies can try to avoid releasing it. But the... More

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Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage

In the wake of an investigation, “we’re walking around with duct tape over our keyboards”

Things are not as they should be these days at The Virginian-Pilot, the largest newspaper in Virginia. In the fall,... More

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Ralston Reports cancellation part of a trend: Less politics on Nevada TV

Station owner Jim Rogers, who championed public affairs programming, died in June

On Dec. 12, the studio lights turned off for the last time at Ralston Reports, the hard-hitting public affairs program... More

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The public-records fight behind the battle over James Brown’s will (UPDATED)

Journalist Sue Summer will get to make her case for documents before state Supreme Court

Updated Dec. 18 to reflect the state Supreme Court's decision. On Sunday, the front page of The New York Times... More

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Ohio lawmakers are about to decide on a big execution secrecy bill (UPDATED)

Media organizations join with unlikely bedfellows to oppose the measure

Update, 12/15: The state Senate last week approved the measure after adding a two-year expiration date to the bill and sent it... More

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Will Denver really have a newspaper war?

As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The first salvo came from a newspaper in Colorado's capital that wasn't The Denver Post. "EXCLUSIVE,"... More

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Westword investigation catches Colorado cops—and local media—in a tough spot (UPDATED)

Denver’s alt-weekly chronicles drug busts gone bad in a small town

Last week, in a fantastic cover story for the Denver-based alt-weekly Westword, reporter Alan Prendergast chronicled some police work in... More

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A timeline of the #pointergate TV station’s defense (Updated)

There’s doubling down, there’s tripling down, and then there’s what KSTP is doing

You’ve heard all about #pointergate. And you’ve probably read or watched a few of the many, many, many pieces exploring... More

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Why Wyoming’s press association is worried about a state privacy amendment

Fear that public officials would exploit a new right to conceal embarrassing information

The nation's least populous state may become the next battleground pitting a citizen's right to privacy against the public right... More

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The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs

Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other

Last month, The Virginian-Pilot announced it was laying off 32 employees, knocking its newsroom back by about a quarter. The cuts would... More

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What political reporters learned from the Colorado midterm election

State’s top journalists dissect the 2014 campaign season during panel

DENVER, CO -- While the midterms are over here in America's favorite swing state, that doesn't mean reporters are taking... More

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New York Times investigation sparks local scrutiny of state attorneys general

Reporters in Missouri, Florida, Washington and elsewhere follow up on a blockbuster story

Last week, Eric Lipton of The New York Times exposed the hell out the latest way corporate America evades accountability.... More

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Alt-weekly publisher pens 2,500-word note explaining why he tried to embarrass a congressman with a chicken costume

Controversy roiled newsroom, but “there was very little external response to it,” editor says

When some news executives find themselves on the receiving end of reportorial scrutiny, they don't really seem to want to... More

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This reporter helped take down South Carolina’s most powerful lawmaker

Renee Dudley’s work is a case study on why aggressive statehouse reporting matters

On Thursday, South Carolina’s former House Speaker, Bobby Harrell, completed his journey from being one of the state’s most powerful... More

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Colorado Senate debates offer new chance to explain what’s at stake

Personhood is important, but it’s time to be clear about the bigger picture

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — Last month, just before a much-anticipated debate with his Republican challenger, Cory Gardner, US Sen. Mark... More

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Colorado’s elections seem boring, but they shouldn’t

As candidates control the message, these campaigns deserve more enterprise coverage

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — If you've been paying attention at all to American politics and the 2014 midterms, you know... More

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More cops are wearing body cams. When will the footage be a public record?

In Colorado, the decision will be up to local police departments

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — Police departments across Colorado, like their counterparts around the country, are rapidly embracing the use of... More

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Colorado campaign ad spending is still tough to track

New disclosure laws help, but it remains hard to see the full picture of Rocky Mountain buys

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- On a recent Thursday, journalist Sandra Fish was on the campus of Colorado State University in... More

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Gannett’s changes bring excitement, some pain, and a full-time beer beat

A conversation with Joshua Awtry, the chain’s top editor in the Carolinas

Yesterday was a busy one for Josh Awtry. He was one of a handful of editors at Gannett-owned papers around... More

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

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

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.

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