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Globe Dissects McCain’s Health Plan

More questions raised than answered

Cheers to The Boston Globe for taking a look at John McCain’s ideas for health reform. McCain had pretty much... More

Hillary’s Bad Facts

How should the press handle a health care stumble?

For the last few weeks Hillary Clinton has been telling a health care horror story that deeply touched her and... More

Looking Under Hillary’s Caps

On health care costs, readers need help with the fine print

Hillary Clinton brought a bit of news to the health beat last week, revealing to New York Times reporter Kevin... More

Elizabeth Edwards on John McCain’s Health Policy

Someone has to translate

Elizabeth Edwards told some 500 health journalists the other day that John McCain’s health care plan was like “painting lipstick... More

A Health Care Conversation Opener

A North Carolina blogger cuts through the chaff

If bloggers are the new citizen journalists, then it’s good to see citizens talking about health care. Not always, actually—there... More

The Missing Genre

How do the candidates’ plans affect ordinary folk?

Not long ago I met Charles, a fifty-four-year-old man living in a poor Cleveland neighborhood. He had run out of... More

Good Angle on the Drug Industry

The Washington Post connects some dots

Three cheers for Jeffrey Birnbaum, staff writer at The Washington Post, for providing a fresh look at the powerful drug... More

“Socialized Medicine” R.I.P.

Who’s afraid of the big, bad bogeyman?

The media searching for a new healthcare angle to cover during the long wait until the Pennsylvania primary might want... More

McCain’s Health-Care Disconnect

Boasting about the U.S. system may not cut it anymore

In his victory speech last week, John McCain finally mentioned health care. Until now, he has hasn’t said much about... More

Dude, Where’s My Health Care?

The AP blows it in a story about insurance for “slackers”

Young Thomas Mahoney was everywhere. The twenty-one-year-old’s confrontation with the health insurance system made news across the country, thanks to... More

Accuracy in Truth Squading II

The Plain Dealer does it right

On Saturday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer punctured a few holes in an ad sponsored by the giant Service Employees International... More

Teaching vs. Preaching

A glimmer of pedagogy in the Ohio debate—were the media learning?

The topic of health-care reform in the presidential campaign thus far has been notable for the brevity of the discussion... More

Accuracy in Truth Squading

KTRK-TV’s truth meter needs recalibration

Truth squading is catching on. All over the country media outlets have latched onto truth squad features, which examine the... More

The Definition of Universal, Again

Ted Kennedy’s take on it

Ted Kennedy should know better. After all, he has spent a good part of his Senate career fighting for national... More

Impressive Coverage at the LA Times

Exposing warts in the health insurance market

A shout-out to Los Angeles Times staff writer Lisa Girion who has done great journalism exposing the flaws in the... More

Obama’s Lobbyist Line

A “more complicated truth” on campaign contributions

Saturday night at a Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Richmond, Virginia, Barack Obama did it again. He said he hadn’t taken money... More

A Cautionary Tale for David Brooks and Others

What, really, was Jim Cooper’s ‘Clinton Lite?’

Now comes New York Times columnist David Brooks damning Hillary Clinton with faint praise. In his Tuesday column, Brooks says... More

Harry and Louise Redux?

The media miss the point

Barack Obama has taken on Hillary Clinton’s health care plan front and center. His new mailer attacking her proposal resurrects... More

Tax Credits Explained…Finally

The Salt Lake Tribune takes a deeper view

Tip of the hat to The Salt Lake Tribune for the health care story it ran this week about the... More

A Guide That Isn’t

Too much brevity at the Chronicle

Readers of the San Francisco Chronicle can be forgiven if they came away totally confused by the paper’s attempt on... 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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