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Fiber boost for local journalism?

Journalists should take up the fight for municipal-fiber networks in their communities, argues open-internet advocate Susan Crawford

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS -- This is a pivotal time for telecommunications policy. The proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger gets a... More

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The First Amendment vs. death penalty secrecy laws

In Missouri, it’s against the law to name pharmacies that produce drugs for lethal injections. Two news organizations did so anyway. What happens next?

From 1995 to 2006, when the state of Missouri executed a convict by lethal injection, the process was overseen by... More

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All (abortion) politics is national

State policy on other issues is increasingly national, too. Here’s how local reporters can tell more complete stories

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS -- "An abortion facility in Missouri would need to be inspected at least four times annually under... More

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Q&A: Trudy Lieberman on rural health news

CJR’s healthcare expert talks about her efforts to help fill the news gap in parts of Nebraska, South Dakota, and Colorado

Just as many rural communities face healthcare gaps--shortages of doctors, hospitals, and insurers--many also face healthcare-journalism gaps, as we reported... More

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Obamacare and the rural coverage gap

Small communities are underserved when it comes to healthcare—and healthcare journalism

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS -- Back when Al Cross was a newspaper reporter, he now admits, "I avoided healthcare stories like... More

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Sunshine peeks through in Iowa

A long-awaited public-information board is open for business in Des Moines, but the battle for government transparency is far from over

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS -- On Nov. 14, the newly-minted Iowa Public Information Board (IPIB), whose formation was the result of... More

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Beacon of hope in St. Louis?

Nonprofit newsrooms team up to swing for the fences—minus the Cardinals coverage

FAIRWAY, KS -- So much for Midwestern reserve. The St. Louis Beacon, a digital news startup founded in 2008, and... More

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Aggregating Congress

Smaller papers can’t put boots on the ground in Washington, but the Web offers ways to keep tabs without leaving the newsroom.

FAIRWAY, KS -- In the five days leading up to the government shutdown on Oct. 1, Rep. Tim Huelskamp of... More

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Showdown, shutdown, fallout

With the Obamacare fight threatening to shutter the government, reporters should keep the spotlight on their local members of Congress

FAIRWAY, KS -- "I was not sent to Washington to shut down the federal government," Sen. Mike Johanns told the... More

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Invasion of the Job Snatcher

As the Missouri media takes up arms against Rick Perry, some facts and context get lost in the fray

FAIRWAY, KS -- Texas and Missouri no longer square off as Big 12 opponents, but governors Rick Perry and Jay... More

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Four ways to make your big investigative report work better on the Web

Lots of newspaper journalism still feels hopelessly print-bound. It doesn’t have to be that way

FAIRWAY, KS -- It's no secret: with a few exceptions, newspapers remain way behind the journalistic curve in taking advantage... More

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‘Ag-gag’ reflex

State legislatures are pushing to stifle farm investigations, and some news associations are fighting back

FAIRWAY, KS -- On Feb. 8, Amy Meyer, a 25-year-old activist, recorded cell-phone video of activities at a slaughterhouse in... More

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Keystone fatigue? Get over it

Many in media are saying enough already on pipeline debate, but the story is far from over

FAIRWAY, KS -- A palpable exhaustion seems to have set in this year among some journalists when it comes to... More

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How Postville changed Iowa’s reporters

As reform debate unfolds, Hawkeye State journalists have taken the initiative—and kept immigrants’ stories front and center

FAIRWAY, KS -- On June 13, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) made headlines in his characteristic fashion--with an outraged, outrageous tweet.... More

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Creeping Sharia legislation

Journalists often dismiss red-state Islamic law bans as a joke. But the story isn’t going away.

FAIRWAY, KS -- For more than three years, lawmakers in Kansas, Missouri, and a host of other states have been... More

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Who’s filibustering Medicaid expansion in Nebraska?

A group of lawmakers is blocking a key healthcare bill, but reporters are not naming names

FAIRWAY, KS -- On May 15, hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the state Capitol in Lincoln, NE, to protest the... More

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Just passing through

As major tax-cut plans zoom through Midwest statehouses, reporters scramble to stay ahead of the story

FAIRWAY, KS -- In late 2012 and early 2013, reporters in Kansas began to take note of an oddity in... More

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


The truth about Google X

A look behind the secretive lab’s closed doors

How to shop online

Sister-websites Wirecutter and Sweethome will give you just one recommendation per product, for everything from WiFi routers to nail clippers

The future of Facebook may not say ‘Facebook’

The future of the social network is apps—lots and lots of apps

Bitcoin creator ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ unmasked-again?

A linguistics analysis suggests that Nick Szabo, a well known name in cryptography circles, is the mysterious father of the digital currency

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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