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USA Today’s 30th birthday bash

The paper promises to reinvent the news businesses amid crab cakes and blue champagne

Thursday night, the Gannett Company gathered employees, friends, and family at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, to celebrate... More

USA Today’s Ham-fisted Public Workers Story

USA Today runs a poor story this morning that says its analysis finds that government workers make more in total... More

USA Today’s Mixed-Up Message

What exactly did the deficit commission do?

On Friday, USA Today reported that the president’s fiscal commission “approved a plan today to cut federal deficits by $3.9... More

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USA Today’s third-rate clickbait

Trolling for pageviews à la Business Insider, but without the panache

What happens when America's Newspaper tries to go Business Insider? Something like this: That's the America's Markets section of USA... 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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An eye on environmental justice

EHN series focuses on an under-covered angle on toxics

A number of media reports in last year have examined the impacts of toxic pollution on communities, but few have... More

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Audit Notes: Amazon watch, the Capitalist Tool, WSJ and Pinochet

NYT finds the dominant bookseller reining in the discounts in some areas

Amazon has long employed predatory pricing to establish market dominance. And in Monopoly 101, cornering a market allows you to... More

Audit Notes: Perk Up, Core Inflation, What Passes for News

USA Today takes a long look at CEO perks, but it doesn't do a good job of prioritizing the really... More

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Audit Notes: pyramid people, Disney and ABC, no USA Today paywall

Roddy Boyd digs into a diet-shake pyramid scheme

The investigative journalist Roddy Boyd has some excellent reporting on a multilevel marketing company (read: pyramid scheme) called ViSalus: ViSalus... More

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Audit Notes: scoops and leaks, CNBC hardball, FT on Dow Jones CEO

The WSJ sniffs at a USA Today exclusive on Obama’s immigration plan

It's totally a shoe-leather scoop when you get the story. It's a "leak" when somebody else does. That's what The... More

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Can the media avoid inaugural over-hype?

A little over-emoting is inevitable, but there are some cliches we can do without

After Bill Clinton took the oath of office for the second time in 1997, a USA Today columnist burbled, "Clinton's... More

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Context-free market reporting on a post-election dive

First-term bull market goes unmentioned after a November 7 stock dip

The stock market dive the day after President Obama was re-elected, dropping 320 points, or 2.4 percent. The Drudge Report,... More

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Did the gee-whiz drug story make a comeback?

NPR’s piece on a new hepatitis C med fell short on costs, conflicts, and caveats

To hear NPR's piece last week about the FDA's then-imminent approval of a new drug to treat hepatitis C--sofosbuvir, approved... More

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Hot air housing stories?

News reports on rising housing prices, including rentals, neglect a basic economic fact

The price of housing, whether buying or renting, is rising, or so say many recent news reports. Some skepticism is... More

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Local cops can track your phone, and the government doesn’t want you to know how

A surveillance technique sparks questions about official secrecy. Reporters, keep digging!

MIAMI, FL — Police departments around the country increasingly are using sophisticated technology to surveil American citizens by monitoring cellphone... 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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One document, many interpretations

Varied takes on CBO report show “the media” is a competitive market, not a monolith

What a difference reporters and editors can make in choosing from the same report what is news and where and... More

Other Views of Social Security

The MSM gives some equal time

Campaign Desk has been hard of late on some MSM outlets that have presented lopsided views of the Social Security... More

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Progress with pertussis: Is it goodbye?

In the sequestration era, reporters need to stay on the whooping cough story

In a recent piece for msnbc.com, Geoffrey Cowley paints a dark picture of the impact sequestration cuts will have on... More

Some Helpful Guides to Election Night TV

What to read while you watch

My colleague Liz Cox Barrett previewed the big guns' plans for tonight’s coverage. But just what should you have in... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

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

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

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