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Memo to Sen. Barbara Boxer—and Journalists, Too

More skepticism about savings from preventive care, please

Sen. Barbara Boxer was defiant. As Campaign Desk reported recently, the gentle lady from California said in no uncertain terms... More

Health Care Flashpoints, Part III

Taxing insurance benefits and health care equity

Over the next few months, health reform will succeed or fail based on a few major flashpoints that will shape... More

Excluded Voices

An interview with Wendell Potter

This past year’s health discussion has been remarkable for the narrow range of ideas and opinions that have floated down... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part X

We finally hear from the business community

During the campaign, Barack Obama promised his cheering crowds that, when he rolled up his sleeves to work on health... More

What Journalists Can Learn from Celinda Lake

Wisdom from the Democrats’ wordsmith

First there was Frank Luntz. Now, Celinda Lake is trying to do for the Dems what Luntz did for the... More

Baucus Watch, Part XI

The first glimpse of what he has brought forth

As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Max Baucus holds the keys to health care reform; any health care... More

Cost Savings Myopia

Making the numbers fit the script

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton gave us a glimpse of the budget games some members of Congress will happily play to... More

Excluded Voices

An interview with Rutgers professor Louise Russell

This past year’s health discussion has been remarkable for the narrow range of ideas and opinions that have floated down... More

Stephanopoulos A-; Sebelius D

George bests the Secretary of Health and Human Services

Campaign Desk was pleased to see This Week’s George Stephanopoulos try to pin down HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius yesterday. The... More

Health Care Flashpoints, Part II

The individual mandate—when journalism becomes a lobbying tool

Over the next few months, health reform will succeed or fail based on a few major flashpoints that will shape... More

Health Reform Lessons from Massachusetts, Part III

Rapidly rising medical costs jeopardize the state’s insurance miracle

Three years ago, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted a far-reaching health reform law that politicians and the media hailed as... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part IX

PhRMA and the AMA join forces with insurers

During the campaign, Barack Obama promised his cheering crowds that, when he rolled up his sleeves to work on health... More

Postscript on Single Payer

The San Francisco Chronicle offers some respectability

For months, single-payer advocates have been marginalized by a political establishment which has already defined the boundaries of this round... More

What a Young Reporter Learned from the UAW

Lessons about health care and other matters

There was a poignancy to Paul Solman’s News Hour interview Thursday with Ron Gettelfinger, the president of the United Auto... More

Baucus Watch, Part X

Disagreements surface among the Dems

As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Max Baucus holds the keys to health care reform; any health care... More

What the Heck Do the Senators Mean?

More clues about a public plan

Right before the holiday weekend, Ohio senator Sherrod Brown and twenty-seven other Democratic senators introduced a sense of the Senate... More

Single-Payer Advocates Finally Get Their Say

Montana papers lead the way

Twice this month, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) has tossed single-payer advocates out of his finance committee hearings on health reform.... More

Excluded Voices

An interview with Jonathan Oberlander

This past year’s health discussion has been remarkable for the narrow range of ideas and opinions that have floated down... More

Where Will the Money Come From Redux

Maybe not from us, say health care special interests

The president scored a big one last week when he appeared on national TV with representatives of six big stakeholders... More

Where Will the Money Come From?

And who will be left out of health reform?

This week, The Economist zoomed in on an issue that the press has overlooked of late: the details of where... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

Bloggingheads

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

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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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