I’ve written before about how staffing changes and questions about The Plain Dealer’s future have put pressure on the paper’s talented political reporting team. And CJR’s Ryan Chittum has written critically about Advance’s overhaul of The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. Those developments raise questions about the paper’s institutions ability to tackle challenge stories and deliver hard-hitting news in the years ahead. Today’s news offered some information—but we don’t yet have answers to those questions.


Anna Clark is CJR's correspondent for Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. A 2011 Fulbright fellow, Clark has written for The Guardian, Grantland, and Salon; blogs at Isak; and can be found on Twitter @annaleighclark. She lives in Detroit.