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Infant Mortality, Abortion, and WellPoint’s Tonik Policy

It’s dot-connection time for the media

First, there was last week’s news that the U.S. ranks thirtieth in the world when it comes to infant mortality.... More

When is News Fit to Print?

A Texas paper runs with secondhand info on the Fort Hood shooter

Update, 11/11, 1:09 p.m.: Kamran Pasha has posted a reply in the comments section below. One of the cardinal rules... More

The Doctors and the Disabled

Have the doctors won on fee cuts?

The American Medical Association was positively gleeful after the House bill passed, quickly issuing a statement on its Web site... More

The Disabled and the Doctors

People with disabilities will still have to wait for Medicare

As members of Congress ticked off for the home crowds the general achievements of their narrowly passed bill Saturday, and... More

Jumping to Confusion

We can’t know what Fort Hood means until we know what happened

It’s been just over twenty-four hours since Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire on his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood—more... More

The Price of Medical Services

Is the conversation finally starting?

By now, most of the health care cognoscenti realize that we have not had a robust discussion of medical costs.... More

Tea Leaves, Tarot Cards, and Ballots

One more round on divining what the off-year elections mean

The coalition of media outlets pushing back against over-interpretation of the national significance of off-year elections lost a key ally... More

Health Reform Lessons from Massachusetts, Part IX

What does the public say?

Three years ago, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted a far-reaching health reform law that politicians and the media hailed as... More

Pushback on Polls’ Portents

Some outlets question broader meaning of today’s elections

With the off-year Election Day now upon us, press outlets as diverse as Fox News and The New York Times... More

Press to Cliché: We Just Can’t Quit You

Media acknowledges narrative’s limits; advances it anyway

On Tuesday, November 3, voters around the country will go to the polls to elect officials in a variety of... More

The Devil in the Details, Part II

Who can afford health insurance after reform?

Every lobbyist swarming Capitol Hill these days knows that, when it comes to legislation, the devil is always lurking in... More

Compromise Reached on Senate Shield Law

Q&A with Newspaper Association of America’s Paul Boyle

Today the prime Senate sponsors of the Free Flow of Information Act—or, as it’s commonly known, the shield bill—announced that... More

More on the Karzai Connection

Skeptics ask: What’s the big deal?

When I compiled my round-up of responses to the New York Times’s story on the CIA-Ahmed Wali Karzai connections, I... More

“Dr. No” Gets a Pass

NYT lets Coburn’s bogus diagnosis slide

The front page of today’s New York Times features a profile of Tom Coburn, the proudly obstructionist Republican senator from... More

The Times Misses the Mark

A health care lobbyist puff piece that goes nowhere

What could The New York Times have been thinking when it fronted a piece the other day serving up some... 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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