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New York Times investigation sparks local scrutiny of state attorneys general

Reporters in Missouri, Florida, Washington and elsewhere follow up on a blockbuster story

Last week, Eric Lipton of The New York Times exposed the hell out the latest way corporate America evades accountability.... More

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Gun Crisis Reporting Project and Homicide Watch DC stop service

Two startups aimed at reducing gun violence close

Between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning in Philadelphia, seven people were shot and one man was killed. But with... More

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Why you can’t get strippers’ names with public records requests

An odd case highlights the tension between open government and personal privacy

Nightclubs featuring nude dancing and erotic entertainment. Government licensing of the club dancers. Open government. A civil engineer who wants... More

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The ‘unmitigated disaster’ of Obamacare in Mississippi

Sarah Varney and Jeffrey Hess report the heck out of a grim, ominous healthcare story

Occasionally, I come across a truly exceptional story about the Affordable Care Act. A CJR laurel is in order... More

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J-school students build skills to cover data-driven political campaigns

New York Times’ Derek Willis offers guidance to student journalists in West Virginia

As political campaigns become more and more data-driven and analytically sophisticated, driven by computing power, proprietary data, and deep pockets,... More

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Alt-weekly publisher pens 2,500-word note explaining why he tried to embarrass a congressman with a chicken costume

Controversy roiled newsroom, but “there was very little external response to it,” editor says

When some news executives find themselves on the receiving end of reportorial scrutiny, they don't really seem to want to... More

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Misleading Jack Schron ad prompts Cleveland’s Scene to review policy

A wrap ad that could be confused for an editorial endorsement is not a great idea

DETROIT, MI — This is the image on the front of the latest issue of Scene, the alt-weekly in Cleveland:... More

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Why a campaign-finance loophole in Kansas needs more media attention

State courts are a new political battleground, but reporters here can’t see the full story

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS — This has been an unexpectedly busy and competitive campaign season in Kansas, and all eyes are... More

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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

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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