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How super PACs succeeded in 2012

There’s one area where outside spenders won big: Republican primaries

This post has been corrected. See note at bottom. After the Republican Party and its biggest super PAC and dark... More

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Praise, and criticism, for an NYT series on corporate welfare

The paper’s sources challenge some of its findings while praising attention to the issue

Many of the most important stories develop for years before they get covered because no one makes an official announcement,... More

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Incredible shrinking insurance co-ops

Congress gives a gift to the insurance companies. Time for the press to take note

When negotiators wrapped up their fiscal cliff negotiations, among the quiet casualties were insurance co-ops, which had been hailed... More

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The Big Boys: Aetna’s dubious rationale
for raising rates

Needed—a closer look at insurers’ sob stories

This is the second of an occasional series of posts called "The Big Boys," which will examine how the media... More

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Lone Star politics: anything but dull

The Texas press braces for the part-timers and out-of-towners of the 83rd legislature

AUSTIN, TX -- Back in the mid-nineteenth century, when Texas gave up its status as an independent republic and joined... More

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The state tax shift

As GOP states swap income for sales taxes, can reporters stay ahead of the story?

In today's The New York Times, Richard Stevenson takes note of an important trend in state capitols around the country:... More

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The hidden side of women’s military service: sexual assault

A conundrum for reporters and their sources: How do we cover wrongdoing when soldiers don’t want to be labeled as victims?

This week's news that the Pentagon is lifting the ban against women in ground combat is giving many military... More

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A kids’ magazine takes on obesity

A laurel to ChopChop

Every now and then a throwback to the legacy media comes along and reminds us that not all of... More

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Gun control coverage in the Great Lakes

How did the region’s reporters tell the story of Obama’s January 16th proposal?

Anna Clark followed campaign coverage in Michigan during the 2012 election for CJR's Swing States Project. This year, she will... More

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Boosting the Sandy Hook truther myth

The dangers of covering fringe misperceptions

In the weeks since the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, fringe conspiracy theorists have suggested... More

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The Big Boys: hospitals and their pricing muscles

Three newspaper investigations show that consolidation leads to higher costs for patients

This is the first of an occasional series of posts called "The Big Boys," which will examine how the media... More

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Can the media avoid inaugural over-hype?

A little over-emoting is inevitable, but there are some cliches we can do without

After Bill Clinton took the oath of office for the second time in 1997, a USA Today columnist burbled, "Clinton's... More

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USP Notes: Medicaid expansion edition

Some solid coverage helps keep the debate within the realm of facts

As governors around the country deliver their annual addresses and legislatures prepare to convene, one of the key policy stories... More

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The Frank Luntz script for Congressional Republicans

A guide to phrases journos should look for (and scrutinize)

In advance of a House Republican retreat this week, wordsmith Frank Luntz again offered his recipe for GOP political success,... More

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Hey readers: They’re bluffing! (maybe)

The need to put political bargaining positions in context

Insider reporting is vital to understanding what The Wall Street Journal's Gerald Seib describes as the "'Groundhog Day' loop of... 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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Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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