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Local cops can track your phone, and the government doesn’t want you to know how

A surveillance technique sparks questions about official secrecy. Reporters, keep digging!

MIAMI, FL — Police departments around the country increasingly are using sophisticated technology to surveil American citizens by monitoring cellphone... More

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The Plain Dealer drops PolitiFact, but keeps on factchecking

Truth in Numbers feature brings reader ratings to the truth squad movement

DETROIT, MI — Josh Mandel didn’t just lose his 2012 bid to unseat Sherrod Brown and claim one of Ohio’s... More

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Michigan’s Medicaid program is going to be great, say Michigan, Medicaid officials

Those claims deserve a closer look

A good piece from Kaiser Health News and USA Today this week about Michigan’s Medicaid expansion plan offers some pointers... More

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Allowing police to shoot someone without creating a record you can see

… And other bad ideas. Monitoring press freedom in the laboratories of democracy

In the 1932 case New State Ice Co. v. Liebmann, Justice Louis Brandeis dissented from the US Supreme Court’s decision... More

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As newspapers cut their opinion sections, African American voices take a disproportionate hit

Since 2008, newspapers have laid off, reassigned, or retired at least 21 black opinion writers

This week the city of Memphis, TN, lost its only female, African American metro columnist. The editor in chief of... More

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What’s health insurance really going to cost?

That’s the big question reporters must tackle, even as this year’s game of spin the rates takes off

Let the game begin! The game of spin the rates, that is. It's a game that pulled the media in... More

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Why the Orange County Register’s bold experiment hit the skids

Debt doomed Aaron Kushner’s dramatic expansion strategy, financial documents show

Aaron Kushner's massive investment in The Orange County Register—one I argued a year ago was "the most interesting--and important--experiment in... More

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A Chicago anti-violence program gets belated scrutiny

Why did it take nearly four years for Illinois reporters to start covering the story with gusto?

CHICAGO, IL — In February, Illinois Auditor General William Holland dropped what amounted to a political bombshell: a scathing audit... More

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The case for Voxsplaining the local news

My adventures in understanding North Carolina’s privilege license tax

CHARLESTON, SC – Last week, North Carolina's Republican governor, Pat McCrory, signed a new piece of tax legislation that, among other things,... More

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Survey: One in five journalists has had a credential request denied

Freelancers, photographers, activists face the highest barriers to access

Last year, a former student asked me how her news outlet, an online startup that relies on freelancers to cover... More

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Why is the $1,000 pill cheaper in the UK?

And other questions reporters should continue to ask about healthcare costs here and across the pond

A few days ago FiercePharma, which bills itself as the "pharma industry's daily monitor," posed this intriguing question: "Why does... More

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The Des Moines Register’s dissent

Iowa’s largest paper tries to shift the state’s culture toward transparency

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS — In its own polite, Midwestern fashion, The Des Moines Register is mad as heck and is not going... More

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A coal magnate’s latest lawsuit was tossed—but Ohio can do more to defend free expression

Anti-SLAPP statute could offer greater protections to journalists and commentators

Michael Stark, a contributor to The Huffington Post. Ken Ward, a reporter for The Charleston Gazette. Margaret Newkirk, a former... More

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America’s ‘most poli-sci friendly reporter’ delivered a classic—and readers responded

Craig Gilbert’s epic series showed how wonky political reporting can prosper on the Web

DETROIT, MI — An average time-on-page of nearly 17 minutes. Nearly 50,000 users and 100,000 pageviews, with more than 50... More

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AG whose office tried to force student to unpublish records had a rep as FOI hero

Controversial motion was withdrawn, but broader fight over university records continues

Two years ago, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens was widely hailed when he fulfilled his campaign promise to strengthen the state’s open records law,... 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


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.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

Bloggingheads

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

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