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NPR and its Men-on-the-Street

Whom should we talk to?

It seemed that Mike H., a frequent visitor to CJR.org, had a point. He commented the other day on one... More

Morning Edition Connects With Regular People

But is anybody listening in Washington, DC?

The other day NPR did some solid man-on-the-street reporting, and found—as we have found in our ongoing Town Hall series—the... More

The Murky Politics of the Payroll Tax

The media begin to step in the muck

Each day the payroll tax saga gets more complicated, and the public no doubt gets more confused. Bloomberg reporter Brian... More

CJR Holds a Town Hall in Nebraska

Voices of the occupiers on Centennial Mall

George Packer’s superb New Yorker article about the Wall Street Occupiers is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand... More

Switching Sides on Social Security

Look who’s getting rid of the payroll tax

What to do about those FICA contributions, aka payroll taxes, now that the supercommittee has blown up? Last Christmas the... More

Romney’s Marie Antoinette Moment

What, let them have health care?

The lede of the Boston Globe’s campaign story a few days ago was explicit: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney yesterday... More

A Shoutout to MarketWatch

For a report that examined the future of long-term care

Last week, MarketWatch did the kind of report we have been urging the media to do on a subject they’d... More

A Laurel to the AP

For its eye-opening story on Social Security

The AP’s recent story on proposed changes in the derivation of Social Security’s cost of living (COLA) formula is the... More

WaPo’s Misleading Social Security Piece

Article doesn’t come close to telling the whole story

By now we’re aware that The Washington Post supports serious changes in Social Security. In fact, the paper editorialized Friday... More

The “Government Takeover of Health Care” Is Baaaack!

Chris Christie waves the bloody shirt

A “government takeover of health care” is back. At least it is in the mind of New Jersey governor Chris... More

The Massachusetts Disconnect

Another health reform lesson from the Bay State

Much of the national press took a pass last week on another important “study says” story out of Massachusetts. This... More

AP Gives Half a Loaf on Long-Term Care

More reporting needed from the wire service

When the CLASS Act, a part of the health reform law that would have begun to establish a national program... More

The Human Faces behind the Social Security Rhetoric

Good work from CBS News

Finally, a mainstream media outlet has broken through the dominant narrative about Social Security and showed what the program means... More

Requiem for the CLASS Act

Long-term care program’s death sends signals the press isn’t receiving

On Friday, the stepchild of health reform died at the hands of the Obama administration, and the obits for the... More

Good Work from the Times on Rate Increases

Shedding light on insurance company secrets

Proving that not every story has to be a zillion words long or analyze a zillion data points to break... More

CJR’s Assignment Desk, Part I

Hospitals sell emergency room care

This summer, Phil Galewitz of Kaiser Health News wrote an intriguing piece published in The Washington Post about hospitals that... More

Golden Teeth Redux

A Dallas TV station investigates the state’s Medicaid shenanigans

Byron Harris, the dogged investigative reporter for Dallas, Texas television station WFAA, has come up with two more installments in... More

CJR Holds a Town Hall in Nebraska

Obama’s disconnect with the voters

In a recent column for The Washington Post, Richard Cohen recounted how FDR cried when he learned that children living... More

Bad Omens for Health Care

Mixed coverage of the latest premium hikes

The big news in health care last week was, of course, that average annual premiums for family coverage through employers... More

Meet the Bay State’s Uninsured

The national media pass on an important story

Last week the Census Bureau released new numbers showing that 5.6 percent of the population in Massachusetts remained without health... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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