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Darts and Laurels

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Darts and Laurels

Not going the distance

Much ado… On March 21, The Orange County Register published a blog post, based on the sworn affidavit of... More

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So much hot air

In January, as earthlings awaited the largest solar radiation storm in seven years, news headlines had a Cowboys-and-Aliens feel:... More

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Univision, The Miami Herald, and Marco Rubio, the GOP’s rising star

In December 1987, federal police in Miami made their biggest drug bust of the year. Dubbed “Operation Cobra,” agents arrested... More

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Univision, The Miami Herald, and Marco Rubio, the GOP’s rising star

In July 2011, Univision, the nation’s leading Spanish-language network, reported that Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s brother-in-law, Orlando Cicilia, had been... More

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An exercise in humility: fifty years of journalism’s lesser angels

An accounting of fifty years’ worth of Darts is hardly a balm for an industry careening through a wrenching transition.... More

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Telling the whole story about Thailand

or much of his career, the British journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall has covered Southeast Asia for Thomson Reuters. During that... More

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Meet Brian Condra, the media’s favorite “everyman”

n late 2008, as the world financial system went into collapse, a shocking self-dealing scandal toppled the Anglo Irish Bank.... More

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The Oregonian and Village Voice Media help to de-sensationalize a story

n early 2009, the FBI organized a nationwide sting operation to rescue victims of sex trafficking and arrest their pimps.... More

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The Portland Press Herald blurred an important line with its donation of ads during an election

he importance of a daily newspaper’s role in local politics is undeniable. Ideally, it reports the issues impartially, then makes... More

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Laurels to a Texas Monthly reporter and an intrepid attorney who worked to free an innocent man

hen Anthony Graves was arrested for capital murder, he thought it was a practical joke. A surveillance camera in the... More

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Reporters at two weeklies keep the memories of unknown murder victims alive

n 2008, L.A. Weekly reporter Christine Pelisek learned that the Los Angeles Police Department had recently dedicated a secret task... More

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A Lincoln Journal Star series digs through the paper’s archives and finds treasure

n an effort to fill the Monday edition, traditionally a thin news day everywhere, city editor Peter Salter has tried... More

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The diamond thief’s tale sounded too good to be true. Turns out it was.

n Valentine’s Day weekend in 2003, a gang of Italian thieves, led by a man named Leonardo Notarbartolo, broke into... More

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An LAT reporter did strong work on the Toyota story. But where was the rest of the auto press?

Complaints about Toyota and Lexus cars suddenly accelerating out of control began surfacing about a decade ago, and a series... More

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A paper in the Midwest exposes a scandal. Thirty years later, it does it again.

n 1979, Des Moines Register reporters Mike McGraw and Margaret Engel discovered sixty mentally disabled men eviscerating turkeys at an... 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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