Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Last Update: Tue 3:20 PM EST

Darts and Laurels

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A tentative thumbs up to WaPo’s Storyline; mixed success for FiveThirtyEight

The week in data journalism

This week's Data Darts and Laurels features newcomer Storyline, a just-launched section of Washingtonpost.com "dedicated to the power of stories... More

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The best and worst of this week’s data journalism

A cool side project tracking taxi rides, and a quest to find the bowling center of the country

Chris Whong--a self-proclaimed urbanist, mapmaker, and data junkie--filed a Freedom of Information request that resulted in acquiring information about all... More

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Dangerous drug side effects will no longer be secret in Canada

Kudos to the Toronto Star for dogged investigations and pressure on a reluctant government agency

Last fall on a visit to Canada, I spotted a first-rate piece in the Toronto Star by Diana Zlomislic,... More

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How reporters used data covering the World Cup

Some pieces were revealing; others threw out numbers without saying anything

With the 2014 World Cup set to end on Sunday, this week's edition of Data Darts and Laurels will focus... More

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Darts & Laurels [Updated]

Is it okay to use the N-word for effect? Um, no.

DART to the Westview News, a Greenwich Village monthly, for poor judgment in using the N-word, spelled out with all... More

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This week’s data journalism wins and fails

Darts to WSJ and Slate; laurels to Medium, NYT, and CIR

"Data journalism" is an increasingly visible storytelling form that puts numbers, statistics, and databases front and center. Like all journalism,... More

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Investigating a $150 billion ‘black box’

CPI did stellar reporting on the Medicare Advantage “money grab,” despite agency stonewalling— here’s how others reporters can dig in

In a year-long investigation of Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, Fred Schulte, David Donald, Erin Durkin, and Chris Zubak-Skees of... More

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Sticking with Washington’s ‘whistleblower judge flap’

Puget Sound Business Journal’s Valerie Bauman reported the heck out of a state insurance commission saga—and the broader issue of narrow networks

There are different ways to tell the story of what's happening with Washington's insurance exchange, a state marketplace called... More

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A laurel to ProPublica

A superlative investigative piece examines the resegregation of America’s schools

Sixty years after the US Supreme Court ruled that "separate but equal" had no place in America's schools, a mammoth... More

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Darts & Laurels

Flight 370 and Fox’s spelling ‘be’

DART to Newsweek for its Bitcoin debacle. The magazine blazed back into print with "The Face Behind Bitcoin," a cover... More

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution does the Medicaid story we’ve been looking for

Taking a close look at what life is like in the “coverage gap”

Not long ago, we faulted press coverage of the Medicaid expansion debate for overlooking the personal experiences and struggles of... More

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Hospitals find one more way to jack up healthcare costs

A laurel to the Tampa Bay Times for its investigation of trauma center fees

Just when we thought we'd heard all the tricks the nation's hospitals were using to jack up the cost... More

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Darts & Laurels

Too many hoaxes and anonymous sources

DART to The Daily Mail, Gawker, and NBC, among others, for gleefully reprinting a story about North Korean leader Kim... More

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New Florida unemployment requirement doesn’t help jobless, does delay benefits

Florida Times-Union, Tampa Bay Times advance the story on state’s flawed new program

MIAMI, FL -- The scope of Florida's unemployment system debacle and early failures to address it continue to emerge,... More

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OC Register explodes Medicare myths

A laurel to the paper’s deep dive into Medicare Part D showing “profit trumps public interest”

As the Affordable Care Act tumbled along its rocky path to implementation, the media drew parallels between its disastrous... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

Bloggingheads

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

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