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And that’s the way it was: February 14, 1929

Saint Valentine’s Day massacre in Chicago

Chicago Tribune "These murders went out of the comprehension of a civilized city," the Chicago Tribune editorialized, after seven... More

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Audit Notes: mixed signals, Sam Zell’s phony equity, power shift

The Seattle Times flubs an inflation report

Deflation has set in in the Seattle area, according to a misleading Seattle Times story: This is awfully confusing. The... More

Be a Pulitzer Judge

To which finalist would you give the Breaking News prize?

On Monday, the Pulitzer Prize Board handed out awards in 13 out of 14 categories for journalism. No award was... More

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How an activist journalist’s commitment to a poor Chicago community led to a big FOIA win

After a years-long fight, city agrees that records of police misconduct complaints will be public

Jamie Kalven in the study of his home. (Photo by Patricia Evans) CHICAGO, IL — Ten years ago, a school janitor... More

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Loaded language of gay marriage

Reporters need to be mindful of using loaded terminology

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. At the intersection of gay... More

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Putting crime on Chicago Tribune’s map

Crime may not pay, but it does display

Data journalism and information visualization is a burgeoning field. Every week, Between the Spreadsheets will analyze, interrogate, and explore emerging... More

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Q&A: James O’Shea

The former Tribune newsman discusses where the company has been, and where it’s going

James O'Shea, former editor at the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, was close to the center of the... More

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Reviewing Obamacare coverage: week 3

Time, Reno News & Review and Chicago Tribune deliver solid reporting. Plus: a quibble, a tip, and a story thread to follow

Some highlights and observations from the coverage of week three of Obamacare's rollout: Double shoutout. "The Unfulfilled Promise of Obamacare"... More

Snow Job

Just what constitutes a “record”?

The snowstorm that hit much of the United States last week was one for the books. In Chicago, the 20.2... More

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The Chicago Tribune lights up the flame-retardant industry

An outstanding investigation show how chemical companies preserve a toxic cash cow

A tremendous Chicago Tribune investigation into flame-retardant chemical manufacturers shows how they push their poisons on an unsuspecting public despite... 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.”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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