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Unintended Consequences

What the press should have known about health reform

During the health reform debate, the Obama administration stuck to its mantra—the law would bring competition to health care, which... More

NYT Noses Around, Still Knows Nothing

Whose $400,000 has the Coalition to Protect Seniors spent this election season?

For anyone who hasn't yet focused on the "shadowy army" of nonprofits spending record-breaking sums influencing the midterm elections, the... More

Seeing FOX for What It Is

News Corp donations mandate reevaluating the network’s role

Will this week mark the beginning of a new phase in the way that Fox News is perceived by the... More

A CJR Town Hall in the Badger State

Wisconsinites sound off about Russ Feingold

In this land of beer, brats, and the Packers, it is the autumn of discontent. Anger, distrust, apprehension, disaffection—these are... More

Whitman’s Nanny-gate, Day Two

California’s papers take on a new media frenzy

Big new media players owned the Meg Whitman housekeeper scandal that exploded on the West Coast yesterday, “rocking” and “shaking”... More

Social Security in the Heartland: Laurie Cooper

What Social Security means to real people

Before the year ends, the president’s deficit commission will bring forth a plan for cutting the deficit. While commission co-chairs... More

I Am (I Am, I Am) Super PAC

Making sense of campaign finance coverage may require super powers

Faster than a 527! More powerful than a political action committee! Able to influence elections with unlimited spending! It’s….. super... More

Media Critic In Chief

Obama on FOX and objectivity

President Obama used his interview with Rolling Stone to open a new offensive in the White House's verbal war with... More

Like a Rolling Stone

Jann Wenner asks the president about that McChrystal profile

The magazine that got General McChrystal fired comes at us next month with another Obama cover, this one bearing a... More

The Nixon Papers You Haven’t Seen

Historians challenge perpetual grand jury secrecy

The Public Citizen Litigation Group, the legal arm of the Ralph Nader-founded watchdog organization, is spearheading a court challenge filed... More

NYT Examines Most “Active” Among “Shadowy Army” of Nonprofits

But can’t tell us where Americans for Job Security gets its cash

On Friday, the New York Times’s Mike McIntire provided a detailed look at Americans for Job Security, one among, as... More

Unmet Promises in Times Front Page Story

Putting readers to work on negative ads

Last Friday we sang the praises of the Times magazine’s story on the Connecticut Senate race; today, alas, a... More

Distrust and Health Reform

The public smells a rat

A fine piece last Wednesday by Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown dissects what political prognosticators from Bill Clinton to Obama pollster... More

To Read This Weekend

The Times’s Matt Bai’s Excellent Connecticut Piece

One of the problems with an election cycle like the current one, in which so many local races are fascinating... More

What To Do with the “Pledge to America”?

“Front it!” says the media

Today’s morning papers were full of reports on the “Pledge to America,” the long-awaited sequel to 1994’s Congress-winning smash, the... 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.

Bloggingheads

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

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