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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

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A laurel for The Miami Herald

The FBI has been busy in Miami, thanks to the Herald—and to shenanigans in Florida’s 26th Congressional District

MIAMI, FL -- As Florida Gov. Rick Scott prepares for a second attempt to purge the voter rolls of... More

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Return of the water wars

As Florida and Georgia fight it out, what story you get depends on which state you’re in

MIAMI, FL -- The "water wars" are back on. Two weeks ago, Florida Gov. Rick Scott traveled to the Apalachicola... More

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Unlocking stories behind bars

Florida is privatizing much of the state’s prison healthcare, and the companies getting these big contracts have a history well worth exploring

MIAMI -- With Florida embarking on an ambitious effort to privatize much of the state's prison healthcare--the largest such undertaking... More

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Fifty worst charities: a reporters’ resource

A Laurel to the Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting for a report that other journalists can put to work

An impressive investigation by the Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting identified 50 charities around the... 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 shirt on your back

How did the clothes you’re wearing get to you? We trace the human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry in video, words and pictures

Anxious royalist

Fantastic letter in The Times

Coming out as a porn star

How do you tell your family and friends?

The truth about Google X

A look behind the secretive lab’s closed doors

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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