Monday, July 28, 2014. Last Update: Mon 2:50 PM EST

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The Back Story on Medicare’s Wild Spending

The narrative unfolds, bit by bit

It’s no secret Medicare spending is on a wild ride northward. The politicians--Dems and Republicans alike--tell us that every day.... More

A State-Backed Miracle

As Perry pushes Texas boom, the press shouldn’t forget one reason behind it

With Rick Perry now officially in the presidential race, there’s a spate of coverage and commentary about how much credit... More

Romney and His Corporate Man

A frivolous take from NPR

It’s hard to say what was the point of NPR’s coverage of Mitt Romney’s visit to the Iowa State Fair.... More

Iowan Silos

In debate analysis, journalists should use locals for more than just color

There was a debate last night out in Iowa, hosted by Fox News and The Washington Examiner. And sure enough,... More

Debunking the Myth of an Independent President

LA Times op-ed spotlights partisanship’s place

Because it’s only a matter of time before another pundit delivers a half-baked column fantasizing about an independent presidential candidate,... More

A Hospital Story Not to Write

Doing the digging for real news

My Association of Health Care Journalists colleague Charlie Ornstein likes to say that stories about hospital ribbon-cuttings, wings named for... More

Straw Dogs

Why the press can’t quit Ames, Iowa

Iowa has never been much of a tourist destination. The state’s main attractions are fictions (Riverside, Iowa: The Birthplace of... More

Would a Populist Washington Post Be Popular?

Ombudsman’s stirring plan relies on readers who may not be there.

In his latest column, Washington Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton offers a paradigmatic version of the earnest media critic’s exhortation. Being... More

Is Tim Pawlenty For Real?

The StarTribune suggests maybe he isn’t

The Minneapolis StarTribune’s piece on presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty is the kind of story voters can expect to see at... More

Obama’s Wrong on Independents

And reporters shouldn’t be saying he’s right

I found a fair bit to like in Politico’s latest conversation-driver, a long article by Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen... More

Playing It Safe the McCaskill Way

David Gregory’s lame interview

I guess it’s too much to hope that the Sunday morning news shows could ever rise above the typical blather... More

The NY Times’s New Top Editor in D.C.

A conversation with incoming Washington bureau chief David Leonhardt

With Jill Abramson about to take the reins as executive editor of The New York Times, one of the paper’s... More

Pack of Gum, PAC of Candidate

WaPo on frequent political impulse spenders

What “phenomenon” will the Washington Post’s T.W. Farnam find next within the rows and columns of politicians’ campaign finance reports?... More

The Deficit Deal Defined

Is Medicare really safe?

Presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett chatted with Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC yesterday as part of a sales job for the deficit... More

The Deficit Disconnect

The long-run deficit problem is a health care problem. Why doesn’t the debate reflect that?

With a debt ceiling agreement apparently at hand, Matthew Yglesias makes an important point that I haven’t seen in the... 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


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

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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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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