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Coal country, for now

Advice for reporters covering coal as the story “ripples” West

PROVO, UT -- If you're even somewhat informed about coal, you know that it is a big story in Wyoming... More

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Covering LGBT issues in a Mormon state

Advocates and media members gather for a discussion in Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY -- Whenever David Andreason sees coverage of LGBT issues in the Utah media, he cringes. From past... More

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Q&A: Nancy Conway, The Salt Lake Tribune

The Trib’s newly-retired editor discusses the paper’s vital presence in its conservative community and what reporters there should cover now

PROVO, UT -- Nancy Conway, the first woman to lead The Salt Lake Tribune newsroom in the paper's 142-year history,... More

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A New Mexico startup goes deep

New Mexico In Depth keeps digging on a state Medicaid scandal. What can other small newsrooms learn from it?

PROVO, UT -- In June, New Mexico's Human Services Department released some news most New Mexicans weren't prepared to hear.... More

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Utah journalism gets a jolt

As The Salt Lake Tribune downsizes, what will happen to accountability reporting in the state?

PROVO, UT -- In 1995, James "Jay" Shelledy, then the editor of The Salt Lake Tribune, started a newsstand and... More

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Colorado politics, covered

The Colorado Statesman—and reporter Peter Marcus—are still on the Hill

PROVO, UT -- When The Washington Post's "The Fix" blog published its annual list of the best state-based political reporters... More

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One tough weekly

At the Rio Grande Sun, hard-charging local journalism is the business plan, and a documentary shows us how it works

PROVO, UT--Each week, in a small northern New Mexico town, there is a scene that connects with the journalism of... More

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High Noon for film incentives

The states are trying to outgun each other to lure movie production—a chance for reporters to analyze the returns on these big investments

PROVO, UT -- When The Lone Ranger opened in theaters, viewers saw John Reid (Armie Hammer) and Tonto (Johnny Depp)... More

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Assignment Desk: Four stories on the Western energy beat

What’s the future of coal? What about water? And is that really a united front?

PROVO, UT -- At a posh resort near Park City last weekend, the chief executives of seven Western states gathered... More

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The fracking story comes closer to home

Tips for covering the energy boom in Colorado and beyond

PROVO, UT -- On Monday, The New York Times wrote about an "unlikely resistance" building in "energy-friendly" Greeley, CO. "As... More

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Accessible scandal coverage in Utah

The Salt Lake Tribune continues to lead on the evolving Utah attorney general scandal—with help from some simple web tools

PROVO, UT -- For several months now, a political scandal has been brewing here involving Utah Attorney General John Swallow,... More

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Q&A: Shaun McKinnon, veteran water reporter

An Arizona Republic reporter and self-described “water geek” on how to cover western water issues

PROVO, UT -- Water issues may not be the sexy beat to which young journalists first aspire, but here in... More

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Four Corners coverage: immigration reform

The Arizona Republic raises issues absent in most of this region’s reporting—but there are opportunities for everyone to do more

PROVO, UT -- Journalists in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah have raised vital policy, political, and accountability issues as... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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