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Venezuela uses US reporter’s photo in tourism campaign

The problem? He had just been released from detention

MIAMI — The Miami Herald’s Jim Wyss made a startling and surreally ironic discovery Friday morning. The discovery: Venezuela state-run... More

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Preparing for Fidel Castro’s death

How Florida news organizations plan to cover the Cuban dictator’s passing

MIAMI -- Last week, the usual crew of friends from the Miami Herald, el Nuevo Herald, and various national and... More

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Inside the Sun Sentinel’s investigation on Cuban criminals

South Florida paper combined database work with shoe-leather reporting for a big story

MIAMI — Last year, reporters at the South Florida Sun Sentinel set out to prove a dirty little secret: Cuban... More

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These investigations by Florida papers deserve another look

Reporters at The Palm Beach Post, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, and Naples Daily News deserve recognition

MIAMI — The year 2014 is now behind us, but a few efforts by Florida newspapers over the past 12... More

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A Florida paper’s aggressive coverage of pension problems shapes reform

Times-Union fights for public involvement in overhaul of Jacksonville police, fire plans

MIAMI — The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville’s daily paper, continues to see results from its work holding city officials accountable to... More

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My take: The end of an era in Tampa

The Tampa Bay Times and Tampa Tribune say goodbye to talented journalists

MIAMI — The sad news out of Tampa just keeps trickling across my Facebook page. This week it was the... More

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A different approach to Veterans Day coverage

“The narrative of crazy veterans is probably overdone”

MIAMI, FL -- "A lot of [veterans] I know, especially the younger guys, are kind of tired of the woe... More

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A TV reporter gets results tackling stories not always made for TV

WTSP’s Noah Pransky sticks with the story

MIAMI, FL -- "Being a creep isn't illegal." That's one of investigative reporter Noah Pransky's takeaways from his recent work... More

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How a business reporter started covering the pot beat

With Florida voters likely to approve medical marijuana, Michael Pollick is reporting on what comes next

Business reporter Michael Pollick covers Florida’s medical marijuana ballot initiative for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. (Courtesy Michael Pollick) MIAMI, FL... More

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Investigative reporting is ‘still a very white male business’

How the Online News Association and The Georgia News Lab are working to diversify journalism

MIAMI, FL -- Can an innovative college-professional news collaborative, with a $35,000 grant in hand, "change the pipeline for investigative... More

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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

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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