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Covering Gaza from Israel

What Israelis wanted to know about the war

During the first week of Israel’s winter military operation in Gaza, a broadcaster for ChanNel 2, which has the highest... More

The Psychology of Collections

NYT Magazine humanizes credit card companies instead of consumers

Reporting on how credit card companies are coping as the number of customers in default grows, The New York Times... More

The Economy Today: Gambling on Tomorrow

Headlines from Nevada, Mississippi, Texas, and elsewhere

All the national papers lead with Obama’s tightening of emissions and gas mileage rules. The Times also sees signs that... More

Top Secret: Bill Leonard on Classified Documents

An interview with the former head of the Information Security Oversight Office

From 2002 to 2007, Bill Leonard served as director of the Information Security Oversight Office, a division of the National... More

Where Will the Money Come From Redux

Maybe not from us, say health care special interests

The president scored a big one last week when he appeared on national TV with representatives of six big stakeholders... More

The Economy Today: Gold Coins and Gardening Seeds

News from California, Minnesota, Ohio and elsewhere

In national headlines, The Washington Post runs a big story on the cost of being poor, writing, “The poorer you... More

Where Will the Money Come From?

And who will be left out of health reform?

This week, The Economist zoomed in on an issue that the press has overlooked of late: the details of where... More

The Economy Today: Running on Wind

News from Sacramento, Baton Rouge, Medicine Bow, and elsewhere

National economic headlines include word from The New York Times that Mexican immigration to the States has declined sharply, which... More

Minority Report

A hybrid of national and local census coverage would be the ideal

The 2008 census results are out! And scanning local headlines, it looks like minority populations are growing at warp speed.... More

Dangling Modifiers

When writing about foreclosures, don’t forget their human context

As record numbers of foreclosures make headlines around the country, the Obama administration’s plan to help homeowners modify their mortgages... More

The Economy Today: Three Feet Deeper

News from Portland, Helena, Sioux Falls and more

Nationally, The Washington Post reports that the $75 billion foreclosure prevention program, Making Home Affordable, has thus far been “implemented... More

The Garbage Gauge

The silver lining in the weak retail numbers

Customers are still cutting their spending, according to the April retail sales report that sent the financial indexes falling by... More

Four More Years?

Photos send Obama looking for a new FOIA exemption

In an unexpected policy reversal, the Obama administration today announced it would not release forty-four photos depicting prisoner abuse in... More

McChrystal Clear

What will new Afghanistan commander’s confirmation hearings reveal about JSOC?

On Monday afternoon, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced that Defense Secretary Robert Gates Army General asked the top American commander... More

Baucus Watch, Part IX

The senator ejects single-payer advocates—again

As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Max Baucus holds the keys to health care reform; any health care... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Lessons from factchecking, and the limits of journalism (Feministing)

“Fact-checking taught me a lot, and here’s one thing I learned: One of the main purposes of fact-checking is to correct journalism’s bias toward a ‘good story’ above all else”

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