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L.A. Times Breaks Schwarzenegger Love Child Story

As restrained a sex-scandal story as you’re likely to get

A busy two weeks for political sex scandals, first with John Ensign, then Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and now… Arnie. The... More

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A reporting collaborative takes on a California health plague

Working together, local journalists tackle valley fever and produce a laurel-worthy effort

A little more than a month ago, The New York Times came forth with a story describing how a... More

Database Shows L.A. its “Worst Legislator”

But is it fair? And is it news?

San Jose Mercury News social services reporter Karen de Sa earned accolades this July for an investigative series which revealed... More

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Exchange Watch: California Dreaming

Low healthcare premiums on the West Coast were trumpeted as a big, good-news Obamacare story. But: “Compared to what?”

In mid-May, The Spokesman-Review in Spokane trumpeted some good news for Obamacare, reporting that "Health insurance next year will cover... More

How The West Was Lost

California Watch Rummages Through Whitman’s Purse

Much has been written this election cycle about all the self-funded business-background candidates who stepped into the campaign fray, checkbooks... More

I Have No Strings

Nicky Diaz back in the news, with her backers

You’ll recall straw-that-broke-the-CEO’s-back Nicky Diaz Santillan, the former housekeeper to California’s unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman. Diaz Santillan made well-orchestrated... More

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Keeping up with the bullet train

An immensely ambitious project requires hugely creative coverage. California had it, for a while. Time to try again?

Californians might be forgiven for being puzzled about the merits of their state's ambitious high-speed rail program. The sprawling,... More

Quaking in California

Articles about the “big one” short on science

The 9.0 earthquake that struck Japan on March 11 not only sent a tsunami barreling across the Pacific, but also... More

Rate Regulation Blow-up in California

WellPoint and co. win again

The big news in health reform last week was the insurance industry’s victory in the California legislature, which scotched any... More

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The undercovered dark cloud in the shrinking-deficit story

Flurry of articles was welcome, but some cautionary notes deserved greater play

The federal budget deficit has been shrinking like a wool sweater in a clothes dryer, but that fact seems mostly... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

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