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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

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Laid-off Metro Pulse editors plan a new publication in Knoxville

After rejecting severance to start a competitor, journalists seek funding for Knoxville Mercury

Three former editors for Metro Pulse, the Knoxville, TN, alt-weekly recently shuttered by E.W. Scripps, have rejected their severance payments... More

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Ohio lawmakers are about to decide on a big execution secrecy bill (UPDATED)

Media organizations join with unlikely bedfellows to oppose the measure

Update, 12/15: The state Senate last week approved the measure after adding a two-year expiration date to the bill and sent it... More

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Casting a critical eye on Rick Perry’s border deployment

What was the mission for the Texas National Guard? Was it accomplished? Time for reporters to take stock

AUSTIN, TX -- On July 21, Texas Gov. Rick Perry stood before cameras here to announce with great flourish--"I will... More

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The New York Times on making do in retirement

Floyd Norris’ excellent column about pensions also provides a warning about healthcare

In a Friday New York Times column, Floyd Norris presented a pretty bleak picture for the future of retirement in... More

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Will Denver really have a newspaper war?

As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The first salvo came from a newspaper in Colorado's capital that wasn't The Denver Post. "EXCLUSIVE,"... More

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Meet the reporter who broke Philadelphia’s civil forfeiture story—two years ago

Isaiah Thompson delivered local investigative reporting with impact

DETROIT, MI — Call it slow-burn impact reporting. Two years ago, an investigative reporter named Isaiah Thompson exposed the massive... 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”

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