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Ralston Reports cancellation part of a trend: Less politics on Nevada TV

Station owner Jim Rogers, who championed public affairs programming, died in June

On Dec. 12, the studio lights turned off for the last time at Ralston Reports, the hard-hitting public affairs program... More

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A Florida paper’s aggressive coverage of pension problems shapes reform

Times-Union fights for public involvement in overhaul of Jacksonville police, fire plans

MIAMI — The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville’s daily paper, continues to see results from its work holding city officials accountable to... More

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Billionaire’s support for Pittsburgh paper is at issue in court case

Scaife children seek accounting of trust fund drained in part to back Tribune-Review

A conservative billionaire, heir to one of the country’s great fortunes. His wealthy children, with whom he had sometimes-strained relationships.... More

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Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision

A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

Thanks in part to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the rollback of banking regulations woven into the recently-passed, so-called "crominbus" spending bill... More

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Reporter won’t be forced to reveal source

Patch’s Joseph Hosey wins appeal as court preserves principles of Illinois shield law

CHICAGO, IL — An Illinois appellate court sided Monday with Patch.com editor Joseph Hosey in his fight to conceal the... More

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An Ohio court urges lawmakers to defend freedom of the press

In ruling against Murray Energy, appeals panel calls for an anti-SLAPP statute

Robert E. Murray, the Ohio coal baron who is perhaps best known nationally for suing meddlesome journalists, lost his latest... More

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The public-records fight behind the battle over James Brown’s will (UPDATED)

Journalist Sue Summer will get to make her case for documents before state Supreme Court

Updated Dec. 18 to reflect the state Supreme Court's decision. On Sunday, the front page of The New York Times... More

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#FergusonNext asks readers: What now?

Guardian, Post-Dispatch, and other outlets team up for a “solution-based” collaboration

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS -- Late last month, a few days before the news broke that there would be no indictment... More

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Laid-off Metro Pulse editors plan a new publication in Knoxville

After rejecting severance to start a competitor, journalists seek funding for Knoxville Mercury

Three former editors for Metro Pulse, the Knoxville, TN, alt-weekly recently shuttered by E.W. Scripps, have rejected their severance payments... More

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Ohio lawmakers are about to decide on a big execution secrecy bill (UPDATED)

Media organizations join with unlikely bedfellows to oppose the measure

Update, 12/15: The state Senate last week approved the measure after adding a two-year expiration date to the bill and sent it... More

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Casting a critical eye on Rick Perry’s border deployment

What was the mission for the Texas National Guard? Was it accomplished? Time for reporters to take stock

AUSTIN, TX -- On July 21, Texas Gov. Rick Perry stood before cameras here to announce with great flourish--"I will... More

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The New York Times on making do in retirement

Floyd Norris’ excellent column about pensions also provides a warning about healthcare

In a Friday New York Times column, Floyd Norris presented a pretty bleak picture for the future of retirement in... More

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Will Denver really have a newspaper war?

As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The first salvo came from a newspaper in Colorado's capital that wasn't The Denver Post. "EXCLUSIVE,"... More

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Meet the reporter who broke Philadelphia’s civil forfeiture story—two years ago

Isaiah Thompson delivered local investigative reporting with impact

DETROIT, MI — Call it slow-burn impact reporting. Two years ago, an investigative reporter named Isaiah Thompson exposed the massive... More

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How to report on Medicaid in 2015

Health Affairs editor-in-chief Alan Weil examines what’s ahead

Tom Wilemon’s great Medicaid coverage for The Tennessean—including his report last week that Tennessee’s Medicaid budget could be cut by... 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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