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The return of HealthNewsReview.org

Unique journalism watchdog will once again provide evaluations of healthcare coverage

A unique health journalism watchdog will resume posting new articles next month, after a nearly 18-month hiatus. HealthNewsReview.org, run by... More

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Connecticut paper challenges a prior restraint order

State judge has vacated his own ruling, but Law Tribune presses for “clear guidance”

Last week, a state judge ordered the Connecticut Law Tribune not to publish an article on a child custody dispute—a... More

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Vox performs a checkup on Sovaldi

Sarah Kliff delivers a much-needed piece on the $1,000 pill

Score one for Vox.com! The website’s article earlier this week about the costly hepatitis C drug Sovaldi is one I’ve... More

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Westword investigation catches Colorado cops—and local media—in a tough spot (UPDATED)

Denver’s alt-weekly chronicles drug busts gone bad in a small town

Last week, in a fantastic cover story for the Denver-based alt-weekly Westword, reporter Alan Prendergast chronicled some police work in... More

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A proposal to weaken Illinois’ open-records law fails—for now

Transparency coalition helps defeat changes, though lawmakers also increase some FOIA fees

CHICAGO, IL — It was the kind of legislative move that’s meant to fly under the radar. Just days before... More

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What a Cleveland news outlet should learn from its flawed Tamir Rice coverage

The Northeast Ohio Media Group faces criticism from readers, and from fellow journalists

DETROIT, MI — Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy holding a novelty pellet gun, is shot dead by police in a... More

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The Tennessean pushes for better healthcare

How one reporter helps readers see the effect of government policy on real people

Readers of Tom Wilemon's recent stories in The Tennessean could easily conclude Tennessee has once again declared war on... More

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Statehouse staffing is down, but it’s not all doom and gloom in Springfield

Veteran reporters say the press corps can still sniff out big stories in the Illinois capitol building

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Fresh off of his successful run for the Illinois governor’s office, Bruce Rauner took a victory lap... More

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How to report the narrow-network story

Unpacking a key issue of the new health insurance landscape

Before the second season of open enrollment on the health insurance exchanges began, I suggested six angles for reporters covering... More

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The Boston Globe finally digs in to a big story

Recent standout coverage of a hospital expansion fight makes up for a patch of weaker reporting

The Boston Globe has, at last, dug into the big business-of-healthcare story in its state. In an important article earlier... More

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My take: The end of an era in Tampa

The Tampa Bay Times and Tampa Tribune say goodbye to talented journalists

MIAMI — The sad news out of Tampa just keeps trickling across my Facebook page. This week it was the... More

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A timeline of the #pointergate TV station’s defense (Updated)

There’s doubling down, there’s tripling down, and then there’s what KSTP is doing

You’ve heard all about #pointergate. And you’ve probably read or watched a few of the many, many, many pieces exploring... More

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Texas reporters fight for access to fracking facts

State regulators put barriers between journalists and scientists, reporters say

AUSTIN -- Earlier this month, the residents of Denton, Texas--located on one of the country's largest natural gas reserves and... More

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How two Florida reporters ‘watchdogged’ misuse of the state’s open-records law

Case highlights the media’s interest in monitoring how FOI laws are used

I teach journalism and media law courses at the University of Kansas, and part of my job is to help... More

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Why Wyoming’s press association is worried about a state privacy amendment

Fear that public officials would exploit a new right to conceal embarrassing information

The nation's least populous state may become the next battleground pitting a citizen's right to privacy against the public right... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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