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Darts and Laurels

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The Tennessean pushes for better healthcare

How one reporter helps readers see the effect of government policy on real people

Readers of Tom Wilemon's recent stories in The Tennessean could easily conclude Tennessee has once again declared war on... More

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The ‘unmitigated disaster’ of Obamacare in Mississippi

Sarah Varney and Jeffrey Hess report the heck out of a grim, ominous healthcare story

Occasionally, I come across a truly exceptional story about the Affordable Care Act. A CJR laurel is in order... More

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The good and bad of 2014 election coverage

Sampling the campaign season’s cringeworthy and praiseworthy media moments

Tuesday's midterm elections remove the last procedural barrier between a hungry political press and the presidential feast it craves in... More

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Lousy judgment, unlikely hero

Darts for Columbia Daily Tribune, The Economist, and SportsCenter with laurels for TMZ and The New York Times

A DART to the Columbia Daily Tribune for running a cartoon of Ferguson protesters holding signs with statements such as,... More

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The New York Times recreates ISIS captivity of Foley, Sotloff [UPDATED]

Blockbuster story details the imprisonment and torture of Western hostages

For the past two months, most of what was known of the horrors faced by kidnapped journalists James Foley... More

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Political coverage falls short in Kentucky senate debate

National reporters fail to examine Mitch McConnell’s unusual statement

All politics is local, as the old saying goes. But if Monday’s Kentucky Senate debate is any indication, the... More

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Can a chilling New York Times story help spark new dialogue on end-of-life care?

The paper continues its strong coverage of the aging beat

The New York Times is on a roll these days when it comes to the aging beat, and Nina... More

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The New York Times exposes surprise medical bills

The latest article in Elisabeth Rosenthal’s standout series may be the best installment yet

Elisabeth Rosenthal deserves a CJR laurel for her Sunday New York Times article, the latest installment in her “Paying... More

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The Washington Post takes on Rand Paul

How the newspaper pushed back on a senator’s criticism

On Monday, The Washington Post analyzed the evolution of some of Sen. Rand Paul’s policy positions — flip-flops — in... More

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The good and bad of election prediction data

FiveThirtyEight, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post each have a unique take on what Nov. 4 will bring

In the chapter about political predictions in Nate Silver's 2012 book The Signal and the Noise, FiveThirtyEight's founder explains how... More

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Visualizing the Ebola outbreak

Despite setbacks, The Ebola Report and Frontline use numbers to put the disease into perspective

In August when the recent Ebola outbreak was still in its infancy, we briefly looked at how news organizations successfully... More

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Defense Department data still murky

The best and worst of this week’s data journalism

Prompted by President Obama's recent order to review the Defense Department's supplying equipment to local law enforcement agencies in the... More

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Reporters rummage through Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

Poor judgment used when covering the tragedy in Ukraine, and the rest of our darts and laurels

DART to the ghoulish journalists who rummaged through the scattered belongings of people killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was... More

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Earthquake ‘data’ doesn’t add up

Many online news outlets reposted a chart that didn’t really show readers anything new

On Sunday, the San Jose Mercury-News unveiled the first in a series of stories about how California's foster children are... More

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New York Times story questions Obamacare’s nursing-home ratings

Facilities have learned to game the system, so five stars may not mean much

Katie Thomas' piece in Monday's New York Times undermined what has become a pillar of the standard nursing-home story of... 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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