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MLive lays off two senior journalists

John Barnes and Meegan Holland helped lead coverage of Michigan

DETROIT, MI — MLive, one of Michigan’s largest online news sources, has laid off two senior journalists who helped lead... More

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Venezuela uses US reporter’s photo in tourism campaign

The problem? He had just been released from detention

MIAMI — The Miami Herald’s Jim Wyss made a startling and surreally ironic discovery Friday morning. The discovery: Venezuela state-run... More

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Grand-jury leaks shouldn’t get shield law protection, says grand jury

An imbalanced proposal seems to be finding little support in Pennsylvania

In a story that reminds me of The Onion’s “Area Man” series, a group of ​randomly selected Pennsylvania citizens, with no collective... More

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What a cardboard cutout says about local news priorities

Stanford scholar James Hamilton discusses TV stations’ pursuit of the marginal viewer

Yesterday, Jim Romenesko introduced readers to “Michelle” and “Lisa DeVries,” a pair of middle-aged, prosperous white moms who, according to... More

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It’s still early, but the Sun Times Network does not look very good

So far, the network has done little to distinguish itself—and observers doubt that it will

CHICAGO, IL — When Wrapports LLC, the publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times, announced in October that it was launching a... More

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How the Houston Chronicle is catching up to a changing city

Top editor Nancy Barnes opens up about the paper’s transition

HOUSTON, TX -- The biggest city in Texas isn’t just big. Houston is vast, growing, and changing--fast.  The city proper... More

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New law threatens reporter-source relationship

Pennsylvania’s “Silencing Act,” passed in latest Mumia backlash, faces court challenge from journalists

DETROIT, MI — Why should journalists care about a new Pennsylvania law that limits the speech of people convicted of... More

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Database may uncover conflicts of interest for TV doctors

Free lunches, paid speaking gigs & free drug samples are often not disclosed by media physicians

Last September, the federal government rolled out a website that offered a searchable database of the $3.5 billion in payments... More

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Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit

Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

When a newspaper requests information, there are plenty of ways government bodies can try to avoid releasing it. But the... More

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The human costs of not expanding Medicaid

A New York Times column and a Guardian essay offer neglected perspective on dollar-sign objections to expansion

Eduardo Porter's New York Times column last Wednesday, "The Costs of Stinginess In Medicaid," is a provocative reminder there are... More

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Come write for us: CJR seeks Chicago correspondent for United States Project

Help critique and support local accountability journalism

The Columbia Journalism Review is seeking a Chicago-based correspondent to join its United States Project, which aims to support accountability... More

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Why did CoOportunity fail?

The insurance co-op’s struggles raise questions about the efforts to foster competition

Just before Christmas, Iowa’s top insurance regulator announced he was taking control of CoOportunity Health, one of the 23 non-profit... More

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Chicago Reader staff votes to unionize, seeking ‘stronger voice’ in outlet’s future

Alt-weekly is the third Windy City newsroom to join a union in the last 13 months

CHICAGO — Employees of the Chicago Reader, the city’s premier alt-weekly, voted unanimously Friday to join the Chicago Newspaper Guild,... More

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Preparing for Fidel Castro’s death

How Florida news organizations plan to cover the Cuban dictator’s passing

MIAMI -- Last week, the usual crew of friends from the Miami Herald, el Nuevo Herald, and various national and... More

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Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage

In the wake of an investigation, “we’re walking around with duct tape over our keyboards”

Things are not as they should be these days at The Virginian-Pilot, the largest newspaper in Virginia. In the fall,... 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


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

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.

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