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Darts and Laurels

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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

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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

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

The press is responsible for ignoring Bill Cosby rape allegations - Where were journalists 10 years ago when claims originally surfaced against him?

Journalism has a plagiarism problem. But it’s not the one you’d expect - Fareed Zakaria’s case highlights news organizations’ ethical grey areas

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Will radio save science journalism? - WNYC will soon have a new health unit


CNN reporters in Ferguson provide coverage of CNN reporters in Ferguson (Slate)

“[T]here was little that justified CNN’s egocentric coverage”

Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

Bloggingheads

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

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