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New law threatens reporter-source relationship

Pennsylvania’s “Silencing Act,” passed in latest Mumia backlash, faces court challenge from journalists

DETROIT, MI — Why should journalists care about a new Pennsylvania law that limits the speech of people convicted of... More

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Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit

Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

When a newspaper requests information, there are plenty of ways government bodies can try to avoid releasing it. But the... More

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The human costs of not expanding Medicaid

A New York Times column and a Guardian essay offer neglected perspective on dollar-sign objections to expansion

Eduardo Porter's New York Times column last Wednesday, "The Costs of Stinginess In Medicaid," is a provocative reminder there are... More

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Come write for us: CJR seeks Chicago correspondent for United States Project

Help critique and support local accountability journalism

The Columbia Journalism Review is seeking a Chicago-based correspondent to join its United States Project, which aims to support accountability... More

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Why did CoOportunity fail?

The insurance co-op’s struggles raise questions about the efforts to foster competition

Just before Christmas, Iowa’s top insurance regulator announced he was taking control of CoOportunity Health, one of the 23 non-profit... More

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Chicago Reader staff votes to unionize, seeking ‘stronger voice’ in outlet’s future

Alt-weekly is the third Windy City newsroom to join a union in the last 13 months

CHICAGO — Employees of the Chicago Reader, the city’s premier alt-weekly, voted unanimously Friday to join the Chicago Newspaper Guild,... More

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Preparing for Fidel Castro’s death

How Florida news organizations plan to cover the Cuban dictator’s passing

MIAMI -- Last week, the usual crew of friends from the Miami Herald, el Nuevo Herald, and various national and... More

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Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage

In the wake of an investigation, “we’re walking around with duct tape over our keyboards”

Things are not as they should be these days at The Virginian-Pilot, the largest newspaper in Virginia. In the fall,... More

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How to fight restrictions on access to court cases

Judge’s order in Don Blankenship trial highlights a perennial press concern

Don Blankenship, the former CEO and chairman of Massey Energy, is accused of conspiring to violate various federal laws and... More

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Inside the Sun Sentinel’s investigation on Cuban criminals

South Florida paper combined database work with shoe-leather reporting for a big story

MIAMI — Last year, reporters at the South Florida Sun Sentinel set out to prove a dirty little secret: Cuban... More

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How a Cleveland news outlet obtained key video in Tamir Rice shooting

Northeast Ohio Media Group “persistently pestered” the city for full footage

DETROIT, MI — The story just gets worse. Video released more than a month ago showed a white cop in... More

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A 40-year statehouse reporter’s exit interview

Bob Priddy on the state of Capitol coverage and what’s wrong with Missouri’s government

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS — As the Missouri legislature reconvened this week, there was a conspicuous absence in the Jefferson City... More

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The looming threat of newsroom cyber attacks

Recent attacks on the Albuquerque Journal and WBOC reveal the importance of digital security

Around 11am on Tuesday, journalists at the Maryland CBS affiliate WBOC noticed that their Twitter password had been changed. Employees... More

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A closer look at the safety of FDA approved drugs

What reporters should pursue following the Journal Sentinel and MedPage Today’s drug investigations

John Fauber's latest stories in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel are must-reads for anyone who uses medications and wants to know... More

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Gannett shakeup leads to new competition in Vermont statehouse coverage

After leaving Burlington Free Press, reporters find a new home at alt-weekly Seven Days

BURLINGTON, VT — As Vermont’s largest daily, the Burlington Free Press, assembles its version of Gannett’s “newsroom of the future,”... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

The worst journalism of 2014 - A recap of the year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

Why the media don’t get Detroit—and why it matters - Coverage of declining cities is too often simplistic and lacking historical context

21st-century censorship - Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media

Jesse Brown punctures Canada’s media bubble - The independent journalist uses his website and podcast to break stories that might otherwise go unpublished


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

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