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Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation

“Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

CHICAGO — It would be hard to overstate the sense of shock and dismay among journalists here, a day after Dave... More

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Top journalist quits the Sun-Times: Paper ‘no longer has the backs of reporters like me’

Dave McKinney says “a breach in the wall exists” as he steps down amid Rauner controversy

CHICAGO — Dave McKinney, Springfield bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times, rocked the political and media world here yesterday—not by... More

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The California Sunday Magazine sets out to win the West

Out-of-the-box distribution, all-of-the-above revenue, and a West Coast storytelling sensibility

After many months of eager anticipation in media circles, The California Sunday Magazine launched Oct. 5 with a print run of... More

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Why some newspapers are abandoning endorsements (Updated)

Editors see a risk to credibility, and search for different ways to foster debate

DETROIT, MI — The newspaper endorsement: It’s a hardy trademark of election season, a platform for editorial boards to dispense... More

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Washington Post’s partnership with local papers draws encouraging early results

Post survey: Program makes readers more likely to maintain subscriptions to regional papers

Back in April, we asked whether a new partnership program between The Washington Post and regional papers around the country—in... More

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How to find stories in the new hospital data

A healthcare correspondent suggests angles, sources, and database tips

America’s hospitals traditionally have been free of financial repercussions for mediocre care. But now, hospitals have their quality evaluated annually... More

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What hospital data can tell us about how communities care for the elderly

High readmission rates might be a signal of shaky social supports

Last year, in a piece for The Nation about hunger among the elderly, I wrote this:  Malnutrition is one of... More

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The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers

Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper

Like a number of other Gannett newspapers, The Tennessean of Nashville is asking employees to re-apply for their jobs as part of a... More

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Covering a closed-off candidate

How Illinois journalists are tackling Bruce Rauner’s gubernatorial campaign

CHICAGO, IL — If the Chicago Tribune’s editorial endorsement is any indication, Bruce Rauner is getting his message across. Rauner... More

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Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring

Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

Amalie Nash became editor of the Des Moines Register earlier this year, at a time of transition for Iowa’s largest... More

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Why this news nonprofit is crowdfunding a police shootings database

New Mexico Compass hopes to build a comprehensive resource for a big issue in Albuquerque

The New Mexico Compass is creating a searchable, interactive database of public records related to fatal police shootings in Albuquerque—and it’s asking... More

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How polling stories show only part of the picture

When covering their own polls, media outlets often favor good headlines over hard data

Scott Clement didn’t believe it. In the midst of the government shutdown last year, the Washington Post polling analyst learned... More

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A TV reporter gets results tackling stories not always made for TV

WTSP’s Noah Pransky sticks with the story

MIAMI, FL -- "Being a creep isn't illegal." That's one of investigative reporter Noah Pransky's takeaways from his recent work... More

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Colorado Senate debates offer new chance to explain what’s at stake

Personhood is important, but it’s time to be clear about the bigger picture

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — Last month, just before a much-anticipated debate with his Republican challenger, Cory Gardner, US Sen. Mark... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


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”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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