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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

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Cut to: Medicare ‘cuts’

Reporters get another chance to put a recurring talking point in context and honestly explain to seniors what’s at stake

At the moment, it looks like Medicare may be the gift that keeps on giving for the GOP. For the... More

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FCC revamps controversial study of TV newsrooms

Local stations in South Carolina test market still waiting to hear from federal government

CHARLESTON, SC -- As the Federal Communications Commission revamps a controversial study that has been slammed by critics as an... 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”

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