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A magazine editor shops for health insurance

And offers lessons for reporting on the stuff

Frank Lalli, the long-time editor of Money, undoubtedly edited a health insurance piece or two during his career. But... More

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NBC News sets good example for Medicare reporting

People perspective leads to clear explanation of impact of proposed changes

As tax and spending talks grind on in Washington, The New York Times tells us Friday that in his latest... More

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Can people afford to lose their Social Security COLA?

So far, the press has given this public policy concern the brush off

This post is the first of several primers on Social Security we will publish in the coming weeks to help... More

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Dart: CBS and the Goldman Sachs solution

Another weak showing on Social Security

Maybe CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley was so awestruck by a chance to visit one of the seven... More

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Papa John’s Pizza and the business backlash

The real story: how some employers are still working to undermine Obamacare

The media have latched onto the story of John Schnatter. That’s the John of Papa John’s Pizza, a CEO with... More

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An election post-mortem on Medicare coverage

Coverage? Yes. Guidance? Not so much

In mid-August, when Paul Ryan burst on the scene with his voucher scheme for Medicare, the 47-year old program suddenly... More

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A dart to Yahoo Finance

For utterly confusing its readers about Social Security

By now we’re accustomed to weak reporting about Social Security, but a piece on Yahoo Finance, part of its... More

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A Laurel to NPR, for giving hospitals a disaster exam

Sandy exposes gaping holes in hospital safety plans

NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue represent a tale of two New York City hospitals. Langone is a well-endowed... More

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Ask Romney This: What will replace Obamacare?

A vague healthcare plan raises many questions

Over the final weeks of the campaign, CJR has been publishing a series of pieces under the headline “Ask Obama... More

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Social Security: a Laurel to The Motley Fool

An investment newsletter breaks down persistent myths

The motto of The Motley Fool is “To Educate, Amuse & Enrich,” and its piece called “5 Huge Myths... More

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The universality of health reporting

Lessons from five European journalists

Last week 112 journalists and academics from 12 countries met in Athens to talk about health reporting—the nitty-gritty of engaging... More

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Ask Obama This: Will we have to be older to get Medicare?

We know about Romney’s vouchers, but the president is quiet on the subject of raising eligibility

Over the final days of the campaign, CJR is running a series of pieces under the headline “Ask Obama This”... More

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Scare-mongering from CBS

Bad reporting on Social Security—again

The other night CBS Evening News brought forth another gloom and doom story about Social Security. Like others from the... More

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The ‘Man in the Middle’ hits a healthcare Catch-22

Å family falls through a gap in Obamacare

Ever since the Great Health Reform Debate, we have kept in touch with Jeremy Devor, an engineering assistant in the... More

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The word on the street: worried

In New Hampshire voters are fretting about…everything

Continuing our Town Hall tours—in which CJR talks to voters, partly to encourage other journalists to do so, too—I visited... More

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Healthcare—reform in Great Britain vs. the USA:
part two

A conversation between CJR’s Trudy Lieberman and Chris Smyth, health reporter for The Times of London

A while back Trudy Lieberman sat down with Chris Smyth, the health correspondent for The Times of London, who was... More

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Healthcare in Great Britain vs. healthcare in the USA: part one

A conversation with Chris Smyth, health reporter for The Times of London

Not long ago I sat down with Chris Smyth, a health journalist for The Times of London, who was traveling... More

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The debate: Some healthcare ‘facts’ that
shouldn’t stand

Reporters did good fact checking, but also left falsehoods on the table

There was no shortage of media fact checking after last week’s presidential debate, much of it focused on healthcare, much... More

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Medicare costs: Are electronic records the solution—or the problem?

A Laurel to the Center for Public Integrity for an expose on “upcoding”

Electronic billing has been promoted as a big cost savings for healthcare. But is it? The Center for Public... More

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The word on the street: Divided

Massachusetts voters talk about Medicare, and their Senate race

Last week I journeyed up to New England to see what voters thought of the debate over Medicare, for another... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

On the ground in Aleppo (Syria Deeply)

Francesca Borri on reporting from a razed city

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