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When public officials skirt open meetings laws, what can we do?

With enforcement weak, the best remedy may be to do what The Atlanta Journal-Constitution did: Expose it

MIAMI, FL -- When officials in Cobb County, GA, wanted to lure the Atlanta Braves out of Atlanta, they devised... More

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Hospitals find one more way to jack up healthcare costs

A laurel to the Tampa Bay Times for its investigation of trauma center fees

Just when we thought we'd heard all the tricks the nation's hospitals were using to jack up the cost... More

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Two local papers have accepted money from City Hall in 2014. Is this a thing now? (UPDATED)

Deals raise ethical questions—and in one case, complaints from rival news outlets

CHARLESTON, SC -- Last month, a story popped up about local officials in a suburb of Madison, WI, voting to... More

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What do you mean, control drug prices? We can’t do that

The latest fight over Medicare rules shows why American healthcare costs are so high

Update, 1:44 pm: CMS has backed off the proposed rule changes, The Hill reports. Want to understand why American healthcare... More

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The First Amendment vs. death penalty secrecy laws

In Missouri, it’s against the law to name pharmacies that produce drugs for lethal injections. Two news organizations did so anyway. What happens next?

From 1995 to 2006, when the state of Missouri executed a convict by lethal injection, the process was overseen by... More

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Covering the $1,000 pill

Five questions reporters still need to ask about very expensive new drugs like sofosbuvir—-and the cost of healthcare overall

Are the costs of super expensive drugs--to cure whatever ails Americans--justifiable? The drug sofosbuvir, used to treat hepatitis C, has... More

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Political science and journalism: BFFs?

How academics can help improve media coverage of politics

This is my last post for CJR's United States Project--starting this month, I will instead serve as a contributor to... More

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Come write for us: CJR seeks correspondents for United States Project

Help critique and support local accountability journalism in your region

The Columbia Journalism Review is seeking freelance regional correspondents to join its United States Project, which aims to support accountability... More

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CJR seeks press freedom correspondent for United States Project

Writer will lead coverage of First Amendment and transparency concerns related to state and local journalism

This position has been filled. We're still reviewing applications for regional correspondents. The Columbia Journalism Review is seeking a freelance... More

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The casualties of healthcare competition

The Record and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review report on the dark side of the medical marketplace

One of the great undercovered stories in American healthcare right now--in American business, for that matter--is the slugfest between hospital... More

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Why did the FCC want to interview journalists in the first place?

Context for the agency’s Critical Information Needs study—and for the backlash it sparked

CHARLESTON, SC -- The Federal Communications Commission publicly backed off part of a controversial research study last week in the... More

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Will a new website deliver on Wisconsin’s promises about transparency?

OpenBook promises to let light in on state spending, but it’s a limited tool for now

DETROIT, MI -- As media watchdogs know all too well, it can be hard to get a handle on what's... More

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America’s healthcare prices are absurd. So, now what?

NYT’s Elisabeth Rosenthal “start[ed] a very loud conversation” she hopes will be “difficult politically to ignore.” How did she do it?

It might be said that last year Americans finally began paying attention to the price of their healthcare. Maybe it... More

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Trial heat polls: All heat, no light

They generate plenty of stories, but it’s way too early for polls to predict anything about 2016

We're still almost three years away from November 2016, but political journalists seem to want to fast-forward past the ongoing... More

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New Florida unemployment requirement doesn’t help jobless, does delay benefits

Florida Times-Union, Tampa Bay Times advance the story on state’s flawed new program

MIAMI, FL -- The scope of Florida's unemployment system debacle and early failures to address it continue to emerge,... 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 White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

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.”

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