Thursday, August 28, 2014. Last Update: Wed 2:50 PM EST

Campaign Desk

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

A Shrinking Sunshine Week

Press open government initiative likely to lay off only staffer

In case you haven’t heard, it’s tough times out there for newspapers: Jobs are disappearing, pages are shrinking, bureaus are... More

School’s Out

School budget uncertainties should inform national stimulus reporting

Over the past week, local papers have been reporting on the bureaucratic bottleneck of education stimulus funds at the state... 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

The Economy Today: Slider Shots

News from Tennessee, Georgia, North Dakota, and elsewhere

Nationally, The New York Times reports that, “with about 2,000 Chrysler and General Motors dealers losing their franchises as the... More

The “Save or Create” Debate

Keeping track of the White House’s job numbers

The stimulus is a complex, unwieldy piece of legislation, and measuring the bill’s effects has been devilishly difficult. This week,... More

The Economy Today: Czar 21, Where Are You?

Headlines from California, Pennsylvania, and Maryland

Yet another indicator that the economy still hasn’t quite finished its downswing: USA Today reports that the national free and... 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

The Economy Today: Money Here, None There (Yet)

News from Oregon, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere

The New York Times reports that charitable giving declined last year “by the largest percentage in five decades” (a decrease... More

The Economy Today: Constructive Construction?

News from Montana, Arizona, Ohio, and elsewhere

In national headlines, President Obama vowed yesterday to accelerate stimulus spending, with the goal, the Los Angeles Times writes, of... 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

The Economy Today: It’s Wild Out There

Headlines from California, Colorado, New Jersey, Maryland, and elsewhere

In national news, we learn that some banks may be ready to repay the government funds that bailed them out.... More

Declined

How a reporter’s pro se FOIA battle ended with Sonia Sotomayor

Alex Wood readily admits that he can be described as a “dissatisfied litigant.” And he would have good reason to... 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

The Economy Today: Stimulus Naughts

News from Ohio, Maryland, Michigan and elsewhere

In national headlines, state revenues are being buffeted by the economic downturn. The information comes from a new report by... 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”

Bloggingheads

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

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