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Darts and Laurels

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A dart to Yahoo Finance

For utterly confusing its readers about Social Security

By now we’re accustomed to weak reporting about Social Security, but a piece on Yahoo Finance, part of its... More

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Darts and Laurels

Women’s work

When The New York Times made Buffalo News editor Margaret Sullivan its new public editor in September, there seemed... More

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The Ad Wars: a laurel to the Sunlight Foundation

Report brings scrutiny to new political ad database

In an important victory for transparency advocates, the Federal Communications Commission recently began requiring broadcasters to post the files... More

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That’s sick

The Daily Caller drew some odd conclusions from a June survey of physicians, when it published a report with... More

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Medicare costs: Are electronic records the solution—or the problem?

A Laurel to the Center for Public Integrity for an expose on “upcoding”

Electronic billing has been promoted as a big cost savings for healthcare. But is it? The Center for Public... More

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How the phantom of ‘socialized medicine’ came to be

A Laurel to The New Yorker for exploring the roots of modern political consulting

Jill Lepore deserves a Laurel for her engrossing tale of how political communications came to be so toxic. In... More

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A laurel to The Denver Post

For strong editorial judgment in its coverage of the “47 percent” story

The secret video recording of Mitt Romney’s now-infamous “47 percent” comment went live on the Mother Jones website at... More

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A laurel to FlackCheck.org

For its new guide to video factchecking on air and online

The recent journalistic debate about factchecking has prompted some compelling discussion about different strategies, different methods, and what works... More

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LGBT coverage worth a shout-out

The mainstream media much improved its coverage in recent years

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. Every week in Minority Reports,... More

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A laurel to Jackie Calmes of The New York Times

She begins to X-ray the Romney/Ryan Medicare plan

This week’s laurel goes to Jackie Calmes of The New York Times for reporting the increasing skepticism in health... More

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A laurel to The Atlantic’s Garance Franke-Ruta

For calling on reporters to repeat the truth as often as needed, and showing how to do it

This week’s laurel goes to Garance Franke-Ruta of The Atlantic, whose astute web piece “What to Do With Political... More

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Dart to HuffPo for ‘awesome scoop’

For enabling Harry Reid’s game of telephone sourcing on Romney’s taxes

Yesterday, The New York Times published an op-ed by Columbia tax law professor Michael J. Graetz, exploring, as the... More

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Laurels to the Las Vegas Sun and News & Record

For a strong ad factcheck, and for grappling with campaigns’ message control

Jay Jones has already heaped praise this week upon the Las Vegas Sun’s Anjeanette Damon, but we’ll go ahead... More

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A dart to the campaign press corps

…for acquiescing to that whole “quote approval” thing

It’s a diffuse target, but the campaign press corps writ large earns a dart this week for acquiescing to... More

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Laurels for The New York Times and The Plain Dealer

Amid some Dart-worthy coverage, a few stories stand out

Brendan Nyhan’s post earlier this week about the lackluster coverage of President Obama’s “outsourcing” attack on Mitt Romney threw... 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”

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