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How an algorithm helped the LAT scoop Monday’s quake

Everyone, that is, except those desk-diving anchors

On Monday morning, Ken Schwencke, a programmer and data reporter at the Los Angeles Times, was jolted awake at his... More

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A drug offers better care for a disease that affect millions. How can it be ‘low value’?

By costing $1,000 a pill. The new hepatitis C treatment puts drug costs on the media agenda

When we first took a look at media coverage of Sovaldi, the new wonder drug to treat hepatitis C,... More

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When public officials skirt open meetings laws, what can we do?

With enforcement weak, the best remedy may be to do what The Atlanta Journal-Constitution did: Expose it

MIAMI, FL -- When officials in Cobb County, GA, wanted to lure the Atlanta Braves out of Atlanta, they devised... More

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Hospitals find one more way to jack up healthcare costs

A laurel to the Tampa Bay Times for its investigation of trauma center fees

Just when we thought we'd heard all the tricks the nation's hospitals were using to jack up the cost... More

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Two local papers have accepted money from City Hall in 2014. Is this a thing now? (UPDATED)

Deals raise ethical questions—and in one case, complaints from rival news outlets

CHARLESTON, SC -- Last month, a story popped up about local officials in a suburb of Madison, WI, voting to... More

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What do you mean, control drug prices? We can’t do that

The latest fight over Medicare rules shows why American healthcare costs are so high

Update, 1:44 pm: CMS has backed off the proposed rule changes, The Hill reports. Want to understand why American healthcare... More

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The First Amendment vs. death penalty secrecy laws

In Missouri, it’s against the law to name pharmacies that produce drugs for lethal injections. Two news organizations did so anyway. What happens next?

From 1995 to 2006, when the state of Missouri executed a convict by lethal injection, the process was overseen by... More

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Covering the $1,000 pill

Five questions reporters still need to ask about very expensive new drugs like sofosbuvir—-and the cost of healthcare overall

Are the costs of super expensive drugs--to cure whatever ails Americans--justifiable? The drug sofosbuvir, used to treat hepatitis C, has... More

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Political science and journalism: BFFs?

How academics can help improve media coverage of politics

This is my last post for CJR's United States Project--starting this month, I will instead serve as a contributor to... More

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Come write for us: CJR seeks correspondents for United States Project

Help critique and support local accountability journalism in your region

The Columbia Journalism Review is seeking freelance regional correspondents to join its United States Project, which aims to support accountability... More

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CJR seeks press freedom correspondent for United States Project

Writer will lead coverage of First Amendment and transparency concerns related to state and local journalism

This position has been filled. We're still reviewing applications for regional correspondents. The Columbia Journalism Review is seeking a freelance... More

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The casualties of healthcare competition

The Record and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review report on the dark side of the medical marketplace

One of the great undercovered stories in American healthcare right now--in American business, for that matter--is the slugfest between hospital... More

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Why did the FCC want to interview journalists in the first place?

Context for the agency’s Critical Information Needs study—and for the backlash it sparked

CHARLESTON, SC -- The Federal Communications Commission publicly backed off part of a controversial research study last week in the... More

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Will a new website deliver on Wisconsin’s promises about transparency?

OpenBook promises to let light in on state spending, but it’s a limited tool for now

DETROIT, MI -- As media watchdogs know all too well, it can be hard to get a handle on what's... More

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America’s healthcare prices are absurd. So, now what?

NYT’s Elisabeth Rosenthal “start[ed] a very loud conversation” she hopes will be “difficult politically to ignore.” How did she do it?

It might be said that last year Americans finally began paying attention to the price of their healthcare. Maybe it... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


High Times hits middle age (NYMag)

After 40 years, every issue still features a weed centerfold

Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

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