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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

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Keeping it chronic

Local coverage explores ways to keep ‘super-users’ out of the hospital, driving costs down and outcomes up

The emergency department (ED) is not only the most inappropriate and expensive place to deliver primary healthcare, it's a gateway... More

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Untangling Obamacare: Rate shock!?

Understanding the direction of insurance premiums is not easy, let alone explaining it. But…

Covering Obamacare poses big challenges for journalists, from piercing government spin and deciphering GOP rhetoric to unraveling and simplifying... More

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Honey, I shrank the IRS

The administration wants more money for tax-law enforcement. Let’s ask why

Last week, we pointed to a piece of news that we have yet to read or hear from most... More

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Covering ‘The American Presidency’

Fiction vs. reality in coverage of the White House

In Hollywood and the accounts of many of the nation's leading journalists, events in Washington revolve around the president, who... More

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Four Corners coverage: immigration reform

The Arizona Republic raises issues absent in most of this region’s reporting—but there are opportunities for everyone to do more

PROVO, UT -- Journalists in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah have raised vital policy, political, and accountability issues as... More

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A laurel to Zahira Torres and the El Paso Times

Dogged investigative work exposed a test-score scandal that harmed students

AUSTIN, TX -- In El Paso, the former school superintendent is now in prison, the Justice Department is investigating,... More

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CPI staffs up to follow the money at the state level

New hires join center’s “Consider the Source” project

In the wake of the Citizens United case and other court rulings, there's an unprecedented amount of money sloshing around... More

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The Chained CPI in people terms

A laurel to The New York Times’s Tara Siegel Bernard

At last comes a story in a major news outlet that explains in people terms what exactly the Chained... More

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The big three miss a tax story

The IRS is furloughing workers. For a lot of reasons, that’s news

Okay, it was a big news week. There was the tragedy in Boston. In West, TX, too. And yes, there... More

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Right fast in Raleigh

With an aggressive GOP agenda quickly reshaping North Carolina, the press must explain how it happened and what it could mean

COLUMBIA, SC ― Maybe you've seen some of the eye-catching headlines bouncing out of North Carolina's capitol over the last... More

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The coming retirement-security crisis: let’s get real

A Laurel to Michael Lind for trying to start the conversation

Bravo to Michael Lind, writing for Salon, for daring to challenge media conventional wisdom--that the country can no longer... More

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Making ‘investigative a priority’ in south Florida

How the Sun Sentinel assembled a Pulitzer-worthy “I Team” in the middle of Hurricane Tribune

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- "I've been here before," I told the assistant as she picked me up at the elevator... More

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The Koch brothers’ media investment [UPDATED]

They are maneuvering to buy the Tribune chain. A look at Watchdog.org gives some clues about what that might mean

On Sunday, a front-page story in The New York Times described the efforts of Charles and David Koch,... More

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In defense of scoops

Their reputation took a beating in Boston, but there are reasons to value the news scoop, and they go beyond ego and institutional pride

The press services standardize the main events; it is only once in a while that a great scoop is... 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


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”

Lessons from factchecking, and the limits of journalism (Feministing)

“Fact-checking taught me a lot, and here’s one thing I learned: One of the main purposes of fact-checking is to correct journalism’s bias toward a ‘good story’ above all else”

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