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Covering facts versus the ‘narrative’

The challenge for journalists when scandal fever hits

The dilemma for journalists this week: How should you cover a series of proto-scandals with seemingly little in common? As... More

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The insanity of hospital pricing

The academics are wrong and the press is right: wildly varying healthcare billing is a very big deal

Last week's release of the wildly varying prices that hospitals charge Medicare may no longer be news du jour, but... More

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Q&A: Shaun McKinnon, veteran water reporter

An Arizona Republic reporter and self-described “water geek” on how to cover western water issues

PROVO, UT -- Water issues may not be the sexy beat to which young journalists first aspire, but here in... More

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Political ad windfall drives local TV consolidation

As a trend accelerates, industry and activists disagree about the consequences

As campaign ads saturated the airwaves during the 2012 campaign, and piles of campaign cash buoyed stations' balance sheets, media... More

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The other IRS scandal

Required context for a controversy

The burgeoning "scandal" over how the IRS chose for review 75 applicants for tax-exempt status puts on full display an... More

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‘How do you deport three-fifths of a family?’

One undocumented immigrant’s race against the clock, told in real time by the Miami Herald’s Marc Caputo

MIAMI, FL -- Miami Herald political reporter Marc Caputo didn't expect high drama when he ventured into a community immigration... More

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Untangling Obamacare: What’s behind the rate increases?

To report on rising premiums you need to understand them. A primer for reporters

Rate hikes just keep coming. The latest we've heard about come from Blue Cross Blue Shield in North Carolina, which... More

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Backsliding on the ‘death panels’ myth

The need for caution—and avoiding “he said,” “she said”—in reporting on IPAB

House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell released a letter on Thursday stating that they would not... More

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Just passing through

As major tax-cut plans zoom through Midwest statehouses, reporters scramble to stay ahead of the story

FAIRWAY, KS -- In late 2012 and early 2013, reporters in Kansas began to take note of an oddity in... More

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StateImpact makes its mark, but won’t expand

As NPR exits the ambitious project, director says, “we changed the way reporting is done”

Two years ago, with statehouse bureaus taking huge cuts in a contracting media landscape, National Public Radio designed the StateImpact... More

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The IRS budget and federal revenues:
Who will connect the dots?

The sequester strikes again

We've pointed out before that major news organizations are failing to connect the tax dots--between the sequester-caused cuts to the... More

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Da Mayor, da columnist, da questions

Legendary political deal-maker Willie Brown writes a column in the San Francisco Chronicle, raising eyebrows higher than the Golden Gate Bridge

SANTA BARBARA, CA -- Former mayor, ex-state Assembly speaker, clothes horse, raconteur, and legendary political power-player Willie Brown has been... More

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Busted bet: AP reveals sweepstakes industry’s cash-o-matic in North Carolina

Reporters discuss a series of scoops uncovering possible campaign-finance violations

COLUMBIA, SC -- Last Wednesday, the newly-appointed State Board of Elections in North Carolina convened for the first time. Following... More

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Planet 401(k): Tom Friedman’s bleak vision

Elites are debating the shape of our future. It’s time for some mainstream reporting to deepen the discussion

It's pretty clear by now that elite media, in their news columns and opinion pages, have had a big hand... More

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Will Wall Street’s cop go after dark money?

The campaign for the SEC to force disclosure of corporate political spending, explained.

During the 2012 elections--and ever since--coverage of campaign finance has focused heavily on the role of "dark money": the unlimited... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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