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Health Reform and Obama’s Consumer Protections

Good for consumers, or good for insurers?

Last Wednesday, The Washington Post told us the obvious: that “the fight over health-care legislation is saturating the summer airwaves,... More

Q & A: Spencer Ackerman

Part one of a two-part interview with the national security reporter

The rise of Web-based journalism has brought forth an explosion of bright, young, often left-leaning reporters and bloggers. But at... More

The Economy Today: Hope for Jobs, After All?

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the possibility of a “jobless recovery,” but The Wall Street Journal’s Justin... More

The Economy Today: Better than Expected

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

All the major outlets, including The Washington Post, report the news that “only” 247,000 jobs were lost in July, with... More

Town Hall Tumult

As health reform tensions rise, reporters should keep their cool

August is typically a sleepy month for political news. Not this year. The raging health care debate has followed vacationing... More

Straight Talk Archive

Links to every entry in Trudy Lieberman’s series

Below, you will find links to every entry in Trudy Lieberman’s “Straight Talk” series, in descending order. 08/13/09: Straight Talk,... More

The Economy Today: New Jobs Report

Economic headlines from New Jersey, Minnesota, Maryland, and elsewhere

Jobs continue to disappear, but at a slower rate, The Wall Street Journal reports today, relaying data from the payroll... More

Health Reform Lessons from Massachusetts, Part V

Finding affordable health insurance

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

Learning the Wrong Lessons from The Daily Show

Once more into the “Mad Bitch” breech

Now that The Washington Post has owned up to pulling Dana Milbank and Chris Cillizza’s “Mad Bitch” video, and writers... More

Clunkers, the Economy, and the Environment

When it comes to “green,” reporters focus on the pocketbook

Since the Department of Transportation announced last Thursday that new-car buyers had bankrupted the “cash for clunkers” rebate initiative in... More

The Economy Today: Eye on Elkhart

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

The major news outlets carry advance looks at President Barack Obama’s return trip to Elkhart, Ind., a Midwestern manufacturing town... More

Health Care Homework for the LA Times

How does the Canadian medical system actually work?

By now, it’s pretty clear that the U.S. is not going to adopt health reform that in any way resembles... More

The Economy Today: When Government Programs Go Clunk

Economic headlines from Texas, Nevada, and elsewhere

With the House in recess and GatesGate fading into the rearview mirror, the uncertain future of the federal government’s “Cash... More

Post Pulls Milbank’s “Mad Bitch” Video

But further explanations are still in order

When The Washington Post started drawing heat for its latest “Mouthpiece Theater” video, in which Post staffers Dana Milbank and... More

The Economy Today: Sorting Out the Stimulus

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

USA Today and The Wall Street Journal, which have been tracking how the recession and the stimulus affect state and... 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


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”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.