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Florida newspaper exposes sweet deal for state politicians

The Tampa Bay Times’ clever public records reporting confirms pols’ secret hunting trips with sugar industry insiders

MIAMI, FL -- The Tampa Bay Times has been rolling out an impressive expose of secret hunting trips to Texas... More

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Florida news outlet sees more success with print than digital

For one news monthly, a perfect confluence of demographics has led to a successful newsprint publication

When Mary Kate Leming found herself among the 300 Palm Beach Post employees who lost their jobs in a... More

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A TV reporter sheds light on entrapment concerns

Florida sheriff accused of using media to publicly shame innocent men

MIAMI, FL -- There's an old joke that gets a lot of use in central Florida: the most dangerous place... More

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Girl’s foul-ball injury raises a question: When should the media withhold a name?

News organizations in Atlanta abide by a family’s request

MIAMI, FL — When a 6-year-old girl was hit in the face by a foul ball and seriously injured during... More

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The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble

A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Lucy Morgan with videocamera and phone, before her retirement. (Photo via State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/103503, Donn Dughi.)... More

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When ‘reader engagement’ is more than a buzzword

A collaborative investigation seeks to make readers care about rampant problems in Alabama’s prisons

MIAMI, FL — Journalistic investigations into prisons and jails are difficult. They’re hard because authorities often won’t cooperate and inmates... More

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When twin disasters hit a Florida city, the local paper rallied to cover them

Creative accountability journalism in the midst of a crisis at the Pensacola News Journal

MIAMI, FL — First came the rain, a staggering 27 inches in 30 hours in the Pensacola region of the... More

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It’s campaign season! Time to start searching for hidden spending in FCC files (UPDATED)

The records are cumbersome but can be a valuable tool, especially in smaller markets

This post has been updated to reflect an amended FEC filing. MIAMI, FL — Last month The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported... More

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For comprehensive coverage of the Florida State case, go to…NYT?

The Tallahassee Democrat and other Florida papers could have done more on the Jameis Winston investigation

Last week, the most comprehensive look to date at the flawed investigation into a rape accusation against Jameis Winston, Florida... More

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‘Nobody’s that lucky’—except in Florida’s lottery?

Palm Beach Post ferrets out lottery fraud, prompts tightening of “meager” safeguards

MIAMI -- When The Palm Beach Post's Lawrence Mower asked the Florida Lottery for information on winners from 1997 to... More

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Meet the local paper that’s ‘raising hell’ to keep government open

Florida Times-Union goes to court for key information—and also just for principle

MIAMI, FL -- The Jacksonville-based Florida Times Union is a rare outlier these days, a mid-sized regional paper willing to... More

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When public officials skirt open meetings laws, what can we do?

With enforcement weak, the best remedy may be to do what The Atlanta Journal-Constitution did: Expose it

MIAMI, FL -- When officials in Cobb County, GA, wanted to lure the Atlanta Braves out of Atlanta, they devised... More

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New Florida unemployment requirement doesn’t help jobless, does delay benefits

Florida Times-Union, Tampa Bay Times advance the story on state’s flawed new program

MIAMI, FL -- The scope of Florida's unemployment system debacle and early failures to address it continue to emerge,... More

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Atlanta’s snowpocalypse was a record traffic day for AJC.com

Weather crises are a big draw, but newsroom also pivoted quickly to the political story

MIAMI, FL -- Atlanta became a national punch line last week, when 2.6 inches of snow paralyzed the city. But... More

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Covering the gerrymandering wars? Add these researchers to your source list

Don’t blame the maps for the main result—but a few states warrant a closer look

MIAMI -- In the 2012 election, Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives tallied more votes, nationwide, than Republicans. But... More

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Florida’s unemployment system is a mess

The press is asking questions and showing human costs. Now, time to break the story open

MIAMI, FL -- Tampa Bay Times writer Leonora LaPeter Anton did an admirable job this week putting a human face... More

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Effective teachers, lackluster test scores?

In Florida, an opportunity to dig deeper into some contradictory data

MIAMI, FL -- Two big evaluations of education in the Sunshine State came out this week--and readers can be excused... More

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The Palm Beach Post takes a long, hard look at private prisons

Maybe too long for some readers—but series advances the story on cost, violence concerns

MIAMI, FL -- When The Palm Beach Post decided a year ago to investigate the private prison industry, no one... More

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A laurel for the Sun Sentinel

Paper’s I-team takes a hard look at how—and why—one police department lures drug buyers to town

MIAMI, FL -- When CJR interviewed Howard Saltz, editor of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, earlier this year,... More

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Florida goes solo on Common Core tests

And the early coverage does some things well—but key questions remain to be tackled

MIAMI, FL -- When Gov. Rick Scott announced last week he was pulling Florida out of a multi-state consortium working... More

The Tea Party is timeless - Richard Hofstadter’s Anti-Intellectualism In American Life reviewed

How misinformation goes viral: a Truthy story - Conservative media’s reaction to an Indiana University project shows how shoddy information can quickly become an online narrative

Do you know Elise Andrew? - The creator of the Facebook page “I fucking love science” is journalism’s first self-made brand

Goodbye and good luck to all of us - Dean Starkman on leaving CJR

When quitting goes viral - Thanks to social media, resignations get a global audience


This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Awareness, #Awareness, and Ray Rice (The Classical)

The coverage of Ray Rice’s punch is not translating into offering information on domestic violence

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