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Politics & Policy


How one town’s government brought the local paper back to life

A year later, the Fitchburg Star gets ready to stand on its own—and cover an election

Around this time last year, a practically defunct newspaper in a suburb of Madison, WI, embarked on an experiment: With... More


The LA Times goes deep on superbug outbreak

Strong reporting spurs FDA response. But there’s more to do on the patient safety beat.

Go beyond finger-pointing and look for systemic failures. This advice to journalists on the patient safety beat, from health policy... More


Why Jan Brewer is sounding like James Risen

Arizona’s former governor is claiming First Amendment protections, and she may have a point

My law school mentor used to joke that the First Amendment has protected a bunch of unsavory characters: separatists, chauvinists,... More


How limited access to state officials hurts reporting in Missouri

Veteran journalists say things have changed for the worse under Gov. Jay Nixon

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS -- To hear Phill Brooks tell it, statehouse reporters in Missouri used to have serious access.  Brooks,... More


Chicago’s council races are becoming a better story

That’s good news for reporters—though concerns persist about patchwork coverage

CHICAGO, IL — A Trekkie, a salsa dancer, a member of the 16-inch Softball Hall of Fame, even a man... More


Dan Gilbert stories disappear with no explanation to readers

They’re back online today, but it was a bad move by these alt-weeklies

DETROIT, MI — Last fall, Detroit’s Metro Times and Cleveland’s Scene, alt-weeklies owned by Euclid Media, each published big, ambitious... More

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Oregon governor’s resignation shows power of local media

In-state journalists brought down John Kitzhaber without national outlets’ help

The scandal that enveloped Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber in recent months didn’t capture the attention of national political media... More


Colorado journalists miss local angle in super PAC case

Missed connection: Localized campaign finance coverage ISO beat reporter

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — Late last week, a story rumbled across the news feeds of people who pay attention to... More


How Indiana journalists can tell the full story of healthcare reform

To cover a changing Medicaid program, get up close to the people it’s supposed to serve

Here are two big questions hovering over the Affordable Care Act in the coming weeks: Will the 22 states that... More


How Legislative Navigator tracks Georgia lawmakers

Journalists at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution have built an impressive interactive

MIAMI — A veteran journalist who learned new skills, a newer hire with some serious statistical modeling chops, a dose... More


Virginia lawmakers blame the media for forcing them to pass ethics reform

Following the Bob McDonnell scandal, legislature reluctantly moves ahead with new rules

Ethics reform? We don't need no stinking ethics reform. That about sums up the sentiment of an hour-long debate in... More


Why five police officers can sue the Chicago Sun-Times

Court rules that publishing driver’s license details broke the law—and First Amendment is no defense

In what could prove to be a consequential decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Friday... More


Journalists debate The State’s decision to identify USC shooting victim

Paper got the facts right, but decision not to wait for coroner surprises some observers

A digital alert of shots fired in a university building. A campus on lockdown as media scramble to find out... More


How reporters can improve coverage of medical errors

Harvard School of Public Health’s Dr. Ashish Jha discusses public awareness of patient safety

How safe are patients in America's hospitals? For healthcare reporters, tackling this critical question has always represented a significant challenge.... More


What reporters can learn from the Partners Healthcare ruling

The story of healthcare prices and hospital consolidation is far from over

Last week, a Massachusetts Superior Court judge ended the efforts of Partners Healthcare, the state's gigantic health system, to acquire... More

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news

The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”


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

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