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Reporters shouldn’t overlook this aspect of Obamacare

Six tips for reporters looking to clarify subsidy reconciliation

As healthcare reporters begin to focus on Obamacare open enrollment, one major, but overlooked issue comes to mind. That's the... More

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The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs

Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other

Last month, The Virginian-Pilot announced it was laying off 32 employees, knocking its newsroom back by about a quarter. The cuts would... More

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What’s the state of local political news?

CJR contributors take up the question in a post-midterm dialogue

In the wake of last week’s midterm election and some ensuing commentary about the state of local media, CJR associate... More

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What can Jim Brady’s new site do for Philadelphia journalism?

Billy Penn targets a milliennial audience, with a focus on community-building

DETROIT, MI  — “Can it last?” That was the question we asked a year ago about AxisPhilly, an ambitious nonprofit journalism... More

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What political reporters learned from the Colorado midterm election

State’s top journalists dissect the 2014 campaign season during panel

DENVER, CO -- While the midterms are over here in America's favorite swing state, that doesn't mean reporters are taking... More

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A different approach to Veterans Day coverage

“The narrative of crazy veterans is probably overdone”

MIAMI, FL -- "A lot of [veterans] I know, especially the younger guys, are kind of tired of the woe... More

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How did local TV cover California’s Prop 45?

A quick look at the good and not-so-good from two local stations

Almost lost in the aftermath of last week’s midterm elections was the defeat of California’s Prop 45, a ballot initiative... More

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Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway

Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

In mid-October, the entire staff of Metro Pulse, Knoxville’s alt-weekly, was laid off. On Nov. 7, the News Sentinel, Knoxville’s... More

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New York Times investigation sparks local scrutiny of state attorneys general

Reporters in Missouri, Florida, Washington and elsewhere follow up on a blockbuster story

Last week, Eric Lipton of The New York Times exposed the hell out the latest way corporate America evades accountability.... More

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Gun Crisis Reporting Project and Homicide Watch DC stop service

Two startups aimed at reducing gun violence close

Between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning in Philadelphia, seven people were shot and one man was killed. But with... More

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Why you can’t get strippers’ names with public records requests

An odd case highlights the tension between open government and personal privacy

Nightclubs featuring nude dancing and erotic entertainment. Government licensing of the club dancers. Open government. A civil engineer who wants... More

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The ‘unmitigated disaster’ of Obamacare in Mississippi

Sarah Varney and Jeffrey Hess report the heck out of a grim, ominous healthcare story

Occasionally, I come across a truly exceptional story about the Affordable Care Act. A CJR laurel is in order... More

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J-school students build skills to cover data-driven political campaigns

New York Times’ Derek Willis offers guidance to student journalists in West Virginia

As political campaigns become more and more data-driven and analytically sophisticated, driven by computing power, proprietary data, and deep pockets,... More

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Alt-weekly publisher pens 2,500-word note explaining why he tried to embarrass a congressman with a chicken costume

Controversy roiled newsroom, but “there was very little external response to it,” editor says

When some news executives find themselves on the receiving end of reportorial scrutiny, they don't really seem to want to... More

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Misleading Jack Schron ad prompts Cleveland’s Scene to review policy

A wrap ad that could be confused for an editorial endorsement is not a great idea

DETROIT, MI — This is the image on the front of the latest issue of Scene, the alt-weekly in Cleveland:... 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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