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‘47 percent’ story wins a Polk Award

Mother Jones earns a political reporting prize

Mother Jones is one of the winners at this year's George Polk Awards, Long Island University announced Monday. Mother Jones... More

FT Style Undermines A Good Investigation

The Financial Times has a good investigation today into how hedge funds are stocking their boards with directors in the... More

SI/CBS College Football Investigation Lacks Context

Their stats on player arrests aren’t so eye-opening after all

Sports Illustrated and CBS News are out with a big investigation into crime in college football. They looked at the... More

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The Seattle Times sinks a local polluter

Investigating the sketchy background of a capsized ship’s owner

Most business investigations focus on corporations and investors. And for good reason: They're the ones with the money and the... More

A Times Story Bodes Ill for the Washington Post

An investigation shows how Kaplan used predatory tactics to get students and government money

The for-profit college business just looks worse and worse, and a New York Times investigation this morning paints a disturbing... More

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AP’s pension probe misses the broad view

Good reporting is undermined by a lack of context

The Associated Press has a tough three-part investigation out this week looking at corruption in an old Washington state pension... More

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Audit Notes: Tribune gets results, Buffett’s sweet deal, China

An investigation of the flame-retardant industry snares a doctor

The Chicago Tribune's outstanding investigation into the flame-retardant industry (a probe featured in The Audit's Best Business Writing 2013) is... More

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Digging for dark money

Guardian, CPI expose secretive climate-denial funding network

Just over a year ago, Peter Gleick, a scientist and climate-change activist, obtained a cache of internal documents from The... More

Excellent Reuters Probe Uncovers a CEO’s Billion-Dollar Loans

Reuters has a fantastic piece of enterprise reporting on natural gas giant Chesapeake Energy, reporting on serious conflicts of interest... More

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Fifty worst charities: a reporters’ resource

A Laurel to the Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting for a report that other journalists can put to work

An impressive investigation by the Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting identified 50 charities around the... More

Golden Teeth Redux

A Dallas TV station investigates the state’s Medicaid shenanigans

Byron Harris, the dogged investigative reporter for Dallas, Texas television station WFAA, has come up with two more installments in... More

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How to use social media in investigations

ProPublica explains at Social Media Weekend

Investigative reporting used to be a secretive business--think Woodward and Bernstein meeting anonymous sources in parking garages. But according to... More

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InsideClimate out front

Investigation of Kalamazoo oil spill calamity led the pack

In early July, the media covered a long awaited report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which blamed the... More

Keeping an Eye on Patient Safety, Part IV

Sac Bee catches nursing home lies

Slowly the public is coming to realize that health care institutions are not always safe places. Since the Institute of... More

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Reuters gets a scalp

Its fantastic reporting takes down Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon

Reuters had already gotten results for its outstanding investigation into Chesapeake Energy and the conflicts of its swashbuckling CEO Aubrey... More

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Rooting out bad science

Big scandals grab headlines, but journalists can do more to expose misconduct

The extraordinary case of academic fraudster Diederick Stapel followed the typical narrative of a scientific scandal. A professor of social... More

The Times’s Extraordinary Wal-Mart Investigation

David Barstow's epic Wal-Mart investigation in the Sunday New York Times has already lopped $10 billion off the company's market... More

The WSJ Advances the Foreign-Exchange Gouging Story

The Wall Street Journal has a good investigation that advances its series of stories looking at how banks, and particularly... More

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The corrupt City culture behind the Libor scandal

The Wall Street Journal’s excellent investigation digs up the dirt

In the real word, big conspiracies are hard to maintain. People talk. Disagreements develop. Word tends to get out. But... More

What Do I Owe You?

Don’t ask Bank of America

When a bank sells bad debts to third-party collectors, the first order of business would seem to be to tell... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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