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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

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These investigations by Florida papers deserve another look

Reporters at The Palm Beach Post, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, and Naples Daily News deserve recognition

MIAMI — The year 2014 is now behind us, but a few efforts by Florida newspapers over the past 12... More

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What can Lone Star listeners expect from Texas Standard?

The new show, a sort of All Things Considered for Texas, will launch in early 2015

AUSTIN — Early next year, the airwaves here will crackle to life with a new public-radio show that’s at once... More

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Looking for Philadelphia’s digital audience

Diana Lind discusses what she’s learned at Next City and what she hopes to bring to Philly.com

DETROIT, MI -- How do you engage readers with local reporting? That's the question that Diana Lind is tackling in... More

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‘Illegal,’ ‘undocumented,’ or something else? No clear consensus yet

Newsrooms covering immigration move away from the “I-word,” but AP style change hasn’t settled debate

As style manual changes go, it was big news. “Illegal immigrant,” a phrase long used for people living in the... More

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Editor’s picks: United States Project

Here are seven USP posts from 2014 that we think deserve a second look

The correspondents for CJR’s United States Project have a firsthand view of what’s happening in local journalism today: how legacy... More

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What Ferris Bueller can teach us about who counts as ‘the media’

A Texas Supreme Court justice argues that his colleagues should have taken up the debate

Here’s a bit of legal reasoning you don’t see every day:  Of all the empowering, life-altering lessons Ferris Bueller taught... More

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Ralston Reports cancellation part of a trend: Less politics on Nevada TV

Station owner Jim Rogers, who championed public affairs programming, died in June

On Dec. 12, the studio lights turned off for the last time at Ralston Reports, the hard-hitting public affairs program... More

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A Florida paper’s aggressive coverage of pension problems shapes reform

Times-Union fights for public involvement in overhaul of Jacksonville police, fire plans

MIAMI — The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville’s daily paper, continues to see results from its work holding city officials accountable to... More

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Billionaire’s support for Pittsburgh paper is at issue in court case

Scaife children seek accounting of trust fund drained in part to back Tribune-Review

A conservative billionaire, heir to one of the country’s great fortunes. His wealthy children, with whom he had sometimes-strained relationships.... More

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Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision

A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

Thanks in part to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the rollback of banking regulations woven into the recently-passed, so-called "crominbus" spending bill... More

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Reporter won’t be forced to reveal source

Patch’s Joseph Hosey wins appeal as court preserves principles of Illinois shield law

CHICAGO, IL — An Illinois appellate court sided Monday with Patch.com editor Joseph Hosey in his fight to conceal the... More

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An Ohio court urges lawmakers to defend freedom of the press

In ruling against Murray Energy, appeals panel calls for an anti-SLAPP statute

Robert E. Murray, the Ohio coal baron who is perhaps best known nationally for suing meddlesome journalists, lost his latest... More

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The public-records fight behind the battle over James Brown’s will (UPDATED)

Journalist Sue Summer will get to make her case for documents before state Supreme Court

Updated Dec. 18 to reflect the state Supreme Court's decision. On Sunday, the front page of The New York Times... More

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#FergusonNext asks readers: What now?

Guardian, Post-Dispatch, and other outlets team up for a “solution-based” collaboration

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS -- Late last month, a few days before the news broke that there would be no indictment... More

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

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


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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