Saturday, December 20, 2014. Last Update: Fri 5:42 PM EST

Campaign Desk

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

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


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

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”

Bloggingheads

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

  • If you like the magazine, get the rest of the year for just $19.95 (6 issues in all).
  • If not, simply write cancel on the bill and return it. You will owe nothing.

Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.