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Free Press takes its transparency dispute with the University of Michigan to court

An attempt to clarify state law—and establish a principle of openness for public universities

Investment commitments and funding of more than $120 million, a property purchase for $12.8 million, construction of a new biological... More

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A critical eye on the ‘skills gap’

The Free Press, Star Tribune, and USA Today ask questions

There's no shortage of uncritical reporting on the notion that employers, and particularly manufacturers, can't find enough qualified workers even... More

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A laurel for the Detroit Free Press

Deeply reported coverage explodes simplistic myths about how the Motor City went bankrupt

"How Detroit Went Broke," published Sunday in the Detroit Free Press, is a superbly reported, written, and illustrated investigative... More

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Advancing the healthcare story with consumer coverage

Two Midwestern dailies offer good models for local reporting

The Obamacare story is getting a bit ripe about now--we all know about the botched federal website, we've been through... More

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After 29 years, Freep is indefinitely halting its high school journalism program (UPDATED)

It has long been a pipeline, sending local, diverse talent to prominent journalism careers

UPDATE, August 26, 2014: The Freep has announced that the program will continue, thanks to a one-time donation from the... More

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Detroit’s Dan Gilbert and the ‘savior complex’

How do you cover a dominating figure in a struggling city without losing your skepticism?

Quicken Loans founder and chairman Dan Gilbert speaks at a news conference in Detroit in 2007. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) DETROIT,... More

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Detroit’s one-man brand

Steve Neavling is trying to monetize a home-grown city reporting site

Steve Neavling may be one of the most hated men in Detroit. Since leaving his post as a Detroit Free... More

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How do you cover a bankrupt city?

Reporters from Detroit’s two dailies on chasing a “life-altering, precedent-setting” story

DETROIT, MI -- Is Detroit the newsiest city in America? You could make a case for it. Between the largest... More

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How the Detroit Free Press won a Pulitzer for commentary

The paper put columns at the forefront of its coverage of the city’s bankruptcy

DETROIT, MI -- This might just be the newsiest city in America--and Stephen Henderson's job is to make sense of... More

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Michigan’s Medicaid program is going to be great, say Michigan, Medicaid officials

Those claims deserve a closer look

A good piece from Kaiser Health News and USA Today this week about Michigan’s Medicaid expansion plan offers some pointers... More

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Private schools

As public university boards become increasingly opaque, reporters try to fight back

DETROIT, MI — In Ohio, Kent State University recently conducted a presidential search that was so secretive that search committee... More

The Free Press Probes Fannie and Freddie

The giant bailout recipients are dumping inventory in Detroit and pushing foreclosures over modifications

A Detroit Free Press investigation raises some interesting questions about why government-owned Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are pushing foreclosures... More

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What’s next in Ann Arbor?

Advance changes gears again, as media-savvy locals try to fill the gaps

DETROIT, MI -- The Ann Arbor News was back on newsstands last week, four years after Advance Publications closed the... More

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Why local media struggle covering sports stadium construction

Local news organizations often support the home team, despite huge public costs of keeping them in town

The word of the National Football League commissioner is not law. But the opening line of a 2,300-word piece in... 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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