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How an activist journalist’s commitment to a poor Chicago community led to a big FOIA win (UPDATED)

After a years-long fight, city agrees that records of police misconduct complaints will be public

Jamie Kalven in the study of his home. (Photo by Patricia Evans) UPDATE, 7/31: This week, the City of Chicago released... More

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There are 6,300 state-level races this year. CPI staffs up to track the money flow.

With a $2.9 million grant, the center plans a multi-year project examining local campaign ads, outside spending, and influence

Thirty-six states will elect governors this year. Forty-six states will host legislative races. And then there are the dozens of... More

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What’s the matter with South Carolina?

The trend in the state turns against open government, but this debate shouldn’t be over yet

When it comes to secrecy in South Carolina, less more is more. In the last 90 days, the state Supreme... More

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Girl’s foul-ball injury raises a question: When should the media withhold a name?

News organizations in Atlanta abide by a family’s request

MIAMI, FL — When a 6-year-old girl was hit in the face by a foul ball and seriously injured during... More

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Lawmaker’s astroturf op-ed disappears from newspaper’s site (UPDATED)

Homebuilders and cattle ranchers team up to fight an EPA rule, and industry talking points end up in The Post and Courier

UPDATE, July 25: Rivers’ op-ed appears to have been pulled by The Post and Courier. The link to the commentary... More

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Embedded with the Koch brothers

Hometown reporters get rare access to the media-shy oilmen, with mixed results

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS — “I’m so hopeful that there will be something, SOMETHING in the world out there besides ‘Evil... More

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The Boston Globe owned the health policy beat once. Where did that tenacity go?

The paper’s coverage of big health news in Massachusetts is now too often ho-hum

As goes Massachusetts; so goes the nation--at least when it comes to healthcare. In 2009 and 2010, in the midst... More

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How public media collaborations are creating opportunities for local reporting

Local Journalism Centers offer chances to develop expertise—and build something that lasts

Colorado’s crude oil production is surging, more than the state’s pipelines can handle. In order to increase capacity, shipping companies... More

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Jose Antonio Vargas’ detention shows what ‘border security’ actually entails

A reminder to reporters: Look beyond familiar images of agents patrolling the line

AUSTIN, TX -- The blurry photograph appears to capture the moment on July 15 when a Border Patrol agent handcuffed... More

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Free Press takes its transparency dispute with the University of Michigan to court

An attempt to clarify state law—and establish a principle of openness for public universities

Investment commitments and funding of more than $120 million, a property purchase for $12.8 million, construction of a new biological... 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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For Detroit’s alt-weekly, rising ambition and a few questionable decisions

Native ads can be OK—just be clear with readers, and please keep them off the cover!

DETROIT, MI — The Boston Phoenix closed up shop. The Village Voice is diminished by heavy layoffs and staff disquiet.... More

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Journalist on criticism of ‘neglected child’ broadcast: ‘I reported the facts I was given by the police’

As a local news clip goes viral, critics bring context and more perspectives

CHARLESTON, SC -- "I reported the facts I was given by the police." That's what broadcast reporter Deon Guillory told... More

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After 29 years, Freep is indefinitely halting its high school journalism program (UPDATED)

It has long been a pipeline, sending local, diverse talent to prominent journalism careers

The Detroit Free Press is abruptly ending a 29-year-old high school journalism program within weeks, where high school students were... More

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The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble

A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Lucy Morgan with videocamera and phone, before her retirement. (Photo via State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/103503, Donn Dughi.)... More

Why The New Yorker’s radical feminism and transgenderism piece was one-sided - “This effectively advances the views of a group that wants to see the genocide of trans women, a group that, data shows, faces extraordinarily high rates of discrimination in every measurable way”

Journalism groups rally around a petition supporting James Risen - The Supreme Court ruled against the NYT reporter, who is refusing to reveal sources

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

Gannett’s changes bring excitement, some pain, and a full-time beer beat - A conversation with Joshua Awtry, the chain’s top editor in the Carolinas

Build the future - Journalism’s deathwatch is over


Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

Journalists can get PTSD right at their desks (PSmag)

A new study correlates exposure to violent images with mental health symptoms

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

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