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Darts and Laurels

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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

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What the numbers coming out of Ferguson say, and who is saying it best

The week in data journalism

Troopers from the Missouri Highway Patrol stand at the ready in a strip mall along Ferguson's West Florissant Ave.... More

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Vox fails on journo arrests, the LAT does a great investigation of police misreporting, and The Verge illuminates net neutrality commenters

The best and the worst of recent works of data journalism

It's a little ridiculous to classify as data journalism a classic investigation like The Los Angeles Times' piece from last... More

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Data reveals who isn’t talking about terrorism

This week’s Data Darts and Laurels

Charles Ornstein, a senior reporter for ProPublica, wrote a comprehensive story for The New York Times' Upshot about the drug... More

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Multiple news orgs made Ebola outbreak data data visualizations this week, and some succeeded more than others

Plus laurels to WaPo and yet another dart to FiveThirtyEight in this week’s Data Darts and Laurels

The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, already considered the deadliest in history, led several news organizations to turn to... More

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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

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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