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Acquiring news

Local TV ownership consolidation zooms ahead—to what effect on the quality of local news?

In May, I took a look at the rapid consolidation of local TV ownership, and how last year's windfall from... More

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Creeping Sharia legislation

Journalists often dismiss red-state Islamic law bans as a joke. But the story isn’t going away.

FAIRWAY, KS -- For more than three years, lawmakers in Kansas, Missouri, and a host of other states have been... More

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Holes in a Holy Grail?

A new study raises questions about The Dartmouth Atlas

Jordan Rau of Kaiser Health News is carving quite a reputation for himself on the hospital beat, and helping to... More

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Rubio’s private prison connection

As the immigration debate unfolds, reporters should keep a close eye on detention policy

As an immigration reform bill grinds its way through Congress, Florida Senator Marco Rubio has emerged as perhaps its most... More

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Watch out, watchdogs

GOP-led Wisconsin legislature moves to push investigative journalists off campus

DETROIT, MI -- At the conclusion of a marathon overnight session, Wisconsin legislators early this morning added a provision to... More

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Exchange Watch: California Dreaming

Low healthcare premiums on the West Coast were trumpeted as a big, good-news Obamacare story. But: “Compared to what?”

In mid-May, The Spokesman-Review in Spokane trumpeted some good news for Obamacare, reporting that "Health insurance next year will cover... More

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The big IRS stretch

Some reporters are straining to connect the scandal to the White House, without benefit of credible evidence. But others are skeptical

For the last month, Republicans have been trying mightily to paint the IRS's Tea Party targeting scheme as proof... More

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What we can learn from the factcheckers’ ratings

Sure, the factcheckers have their biases. It still means something that Republicans get the worst scores

What should we make of the latest tally showing that Republicans fare worse with factcheckers than Democrats do? Last week... More

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Still, water

The battle to control water in Texas may be even more defining than the battle to control oil here 100 years ago, and it needs to be covered with an urgency to match

AUSTIN, TX -- As the 83rd Legislature lingers in the state capitol for a special session, lawmakers here have already... More

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A lobbyist columnist?

The San Francisco Chronicle editorializes in favor of lobbying reform that could apply to its own weekly columnist, former Mayor Willie Brown

SANTA BARBARA, CA -- In an unusual turn in opinion journalism, the San Francisco Chronicle published an editorial May 26... More

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The scoop on workplace wellness

A Laurel to Sharon Begley of Reuters for not burying the lead on workplace health incentives—a RAND study that seriously questions their impact

For her exclusive coverage of a RAND study revealing the lackluster performance of workplace wellness programs--both on employees' health... More

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No, the scandals aren’t dragging down Obama’s ratings (yet)

Some reporters seize on an outlier poll, but others get the story right

Get out your wizard hats! It's starting to sound like campaign season again. Just as political reporters wanted to tell... More

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Disability, Social Security, and the missing context

As a trustees report comes out, a This American Life piece provides an unfortunate example of incomplete reporting

Today, the trustees of the Social Security system will issue their annual report card on the trust funds that... More

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The undercovered dark cloud in the shrinking-deficit story

Flurry of articles was welcome, but some cautionary notes deserved greater play

The federal budget deficit has been shrinking like a wool sweater in a clothes dryer, but that fact seems mostly... More

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Accessible scandal coverage in Utah

The Salt Lake Tribune continues to lead on the evolving Utah attorney general scandal—with help from some simple web tools

PROVO, UT -- For several months now, a political scandal has been brewing here involving Utah Attorney General John Swallow,... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

Bloggingheads

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

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