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Laurel to Denver’s Westword

For explaining how insurance companies behave

It was a riveting tale that reporter Alan Prendergast told in Westword, the Denver alternative weekly. Graphically and methodically, he... More

The Devil in the Details, Part VII

Can insurers still dump you when you get sick?

Health reform is now the law of the land, and the 2,000 or so pages of the legislation contain lots... More

Audit D.C. Notes: The FT Talks Turkey Lamb in Greece; Bloomberg Flexes Its Bond Stuff; NYT on Overqualified and Employed

There’s nothing better on a big, complicated story like the Greek debt crisis than heading out for a walk and... More

Coverage of Tea Parties Evolves With the Movement

The tea party movement is just over a year old, and it’s good to see the press’s coverage mature along... More

Out on a Limb

The problems with that ‘wingnuts’ poll

In the course of surfing the Web last week, you may have come across some polling data showing that large... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Newsweek Says Cash Is King; TNR on the Politico Way; Weird FT Art

Cash is king, and that’s a good thing, declares Newsweek in an assessment of the “drastic debt diet” the U.S.... More

At Last, the Press Discovers the Consumer Story

How will health reform affect you and me?

A few days ago I stopped by a medical clinic in Greenwich Village; the waiting room was abuzz with talk... More

No Handouts

White House photographers bridle at restricted access

In July 2005, the White House News Photographers Association took a big step. The Bush administration, much more so than... More

The Times Goes Big, and Only a Little Scary, on Social Security

Ten days ago, the AP reported that Social Security “is projected to pay out more in benefits than it collects... More

A Fresh Angle on Health Care? Leonhardt Delivers

We’ve given the Times’s David Leonhardt credit before for economic writing that threads the tricky “news analysis” needle, and, in... More

Strange Medicine

Tom Friedman’s peculiar cures for our ailing politics

Like a lot of people, Tom Friedman is upset that American politics is “broken.” Unlike a lot of people, he... More

Washington Post Plays “What If”

Cillizza: Would Obama be better off if the GOP controlled Congress?

On the day that Barack Obama signed into law a major overhaul of the health care system, thus fulfilling a... More

Bob Reich on the What-It-All Means Question

No paw prints of the Great Society here

In a column yesterday on Talking Points Memo, former Secretary of Labor Bob Reich got to an issue that has... More

A P.S. on WellPoint

Deconstructing the insurer’s grassroots campaign

Let it be known to friend and foe alike that WellPoint was at the health reform table. The ill-timed rate... More

Historic Change, Divided Politics

Rounding up major outlets’ first reactions to the House health reform outcome

In the wake of last night’s vote in the House to approve a major overhaul of the nation's health-care system,... 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”

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