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News executives need to explain why video of an Ohio campaign interview disappeared (UPDATED)

Footage of an interview with John Kasich and Ed FitzGerald was pulled, and Northeast Ohio Media Group won’t say why

Update, 11/5: NEOMG boss Chris Quinn explains his decisions in a column by reader rep Ted Diadiun, who ackn0wledges: "This is... More

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6 ways reporters can cover Obamacare open enrollment

Journalists need to make sure people understand how to use the law and to point out where it falls short

As we head into the second Obamacare open enrollment season, the media have a chance to redeem themselves from last... More

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Three Social Security issues that need more discussion

As program becomes a campaign topic again, reporters need to provide context and scrutiny

This has been an election season without a dominant theme. All of a sudden, though, Social Security, once considered an... More

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Hospital infections kill more people than car crashes. Here’s how to cover them better

A database maintained by the CDC is an underused journalistic tool

Ebola has killed one person in the United States, but about 75,000 people die each year from infections they picked... More

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The Ebola nurse quarantined in New Jersey wrote her big first-person account on her phone

A doctor-journalist’s connections helped The Dallas Morning News get the story

When The Dallas Morning News broke the story on Saturday that a nurse quarantined in a New Jersey hospital after caring for Ebola... More

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This reporter helped take down South Carolina’s most powerful lawmaker

Renee Dudley’s work is a case study on why aggressive statehouse reporting matters

On Thursday, South Carolina’s former House Speaker, Bobby Harrell, completed his journey from being one of the state’s most powerful... More

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This open-source app could make the FOI process less terrible

Launched in Oakland a year ago, RecordTrac is getting noticed around the country

Navigating government bureaucracy is painful, but filing Freedom of Information requests can be downright torturous—for journalists and members of the... More

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The biggest threat to press rights may be a failure to understand them

Jeff Hermes of the Media Law Resource Center discusses the legal needs of a new generation of news organizations

It’s a cliché to say so, but we’re at a moment of transition for American journalism. The digital disruption that... More

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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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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