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Factchecking’s impact

Political factchecking has grown up over the course of the past three presidential elections. Launched in 2003, examined candidates’ claims during the 2004 campaign and was even incorrectly cited by Vice President Dick Cheney during a debate. Show More Summary

Why Ohio's new 'Sunshine Audits' could be important

When a member of the public believes a state agency has violated a public-records law, who gets to be the referee? That question is at the core of a colorful political affair that recently unfolded in Ohio, one that pitted Republicans...Show More Summary

What we can learn from Judith Miller's rehab tour

Judith Miller’s publicity campaign for her new book (The Story: A Reporter's Journey) which has taken her from the Wall Street Journal to numerous television interviews, has been an instructive and engaging media spectacle. She has shown...Show More Summary

The value of news

In March of 2011, The New York Times announced that it would start charging readers for digital content. The announcement came from the publisher of the Times, Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., who wrote that the shift away from offering all the Times’ online content at no cost was “an important step that we hope you will see as an investment in...

Fear of screwing up

That could've been me. If you heard about the retracted Rolling Stone rape story, you might have thought that to yourself when you considered its now disgraced reporter, Sabrina Rubin Erdely. I know I did. Erdely screwed up. Big time. We can tell ourselves she was always a terrible journalist, but she's had a strong career. We can tell ourselves...

Why does US healthcare cost so much? A Texas reporter takes a close look

With what will be a yearlong, 13-part series called “Cost of Care,” the Dallas Morning News is the latest news outlet to take a long, hard look at through-the-roof American healthcare costs. Staff writer and business columnist Jim Landers, who has published six pieces in the series to date, aims to probe “how and why US healthcare spending is the...

Judith Miller tells her side of The Story

When journalists become too deeply invested in a specific story or storyline, they run the risk of ignoring their training and instincts. Let’s call Sabrina Rubin Erdely--who shopped for a spectacular rape to illustrate the problem of campus sexual assault for Rolling Stone--Exhibit A. Show More Summary

Another 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winner left journalism for PR. Here's why.

When Natalie Caula Hauff got the news Monday that she was part of a reporting team whose work had been honored with a Pulitzer Prize for public service, she was at work in a county office building miles from her old newspaper. Hauff shared a byline on “Till Death Do Us Part,” a seven-part series from The Post and Courier...

How a Pulitzer-winning series forced South Carolina to face its domestic violence problem

From the time its first installment was published, “Til Death Do Us Part,” a powerful series about domestic abuse in South Carolina from the Charleston Post and Courier, seemed destined for Pulitzer Prize contention. And on Monday, the seven-part series was honored with the nation's most prestigious journalism prize, the Pulitzer for public service. Show More Summary

Why The New York Times apps look different

“The battle will be won on the smartphone,” New York Times CEO Mark Thompson said at a tech conference last February. The paper’s readers have increasingly been coming from mobile in recent years, and the Times has responded with a fleet of apps designed to draw in small, niche audiences to the paper. The NYT Cooking app, an opinion app,...

5 takeaways from the 2015 Pulitzer Prizes

Despite new rules that brought magazines into contention, and continued economic and editorial disruption throughout the media, the 99th annual Pulitzer Prizes were again dominated by newspapers this year. Winners of the awards, announced...Show More Summary

To semicolon, or not to semicolon

“Do not use semicolons,” Kurt Vonnegut urged, more than once. “They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college.” Ben Dolnick said, “I’ve come to love the awkward things, and to depend on them for easing me through a complex thought.” Mary Norris, the New Yorker copy editor who just released Between You...

A primer on Earth Day coverage that doesn’t suck

When The New York Times took note of the first Earth Day in 1970, it made the Times’ front page in an above-the-fold feature photo and a six-column headline pronouncing that “Millions Join Earth Day Observances Across the Nation.” Now, 45 years later, Earth Day itself—and the ensuing media coverage—is a more modest affair. Recent reports have veered toward the...

The ICIJ’s latest target: the World Bank

If your target is a mammoth, global institution like the World Bank, it helps to have a global network of muckrakers to hold it accountable. It’s a role uniquely suited to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, who...Show More Summary

Florida railroad project opponents largely ignored by Miami Herald

MIAMI, FL — A planned expansion of passenger rail in south and central Florida could be a big deal for the region, but coverage has been decidedly hyperlocal—and not in a good way. The project, All Aboard Florida, is being touted as a privately funded project to offer express passenger service between downtown Miami and the Orlando airport, with stops...

Gaining ground, or just treading water?

Is nonprofit news sustainable? Last week the Knight Foundation laid out the case for optimism in its third report on nonprofit news: “Gaining Ground: How Non-Profit News Ventures Seek Sustainability.” If the report were a weather forecast, the prediction for nonprofits would be partly cloudy with a chance of sun. Show More Summary

Reuters' Baghdad bureau chief on why he fled Iraq

Once Ned Parker saw his face plastered across an Iraqi television channel, he knew he had to flee. On April 3, Reuters’ Baghdad bureau chief helped chronicle in gruesome detail the lynching of ISIS captives by government and paramilitary forces. Within days, a social media campaign began demanding his expulsion from the country, with some commenters calling for his murder....

How to bring clarity and urgency to Social Security reporting

Social Security is looming as a major campaign issue--should it be cut or expanded? And that, of course, calls for reporters who understand what the system does and how various proposals would change it, and who can clearly explain what’s at stake for both current and future retirees. I asked Teresa Ghilarducci--an economics professor who heads the Schwartz Center for...

BuzzFeed's censorship problem

Earlier this week, Gawker broke the news that BuzzFeed Beauty Editor Arabelle Sicardi has resigned from the site. She wrote a piece last week criticizing a Dove soap advertising campaign that BuzzFeed deleted and later republished at the direction of Editor in Chief Ben Smith. Her resignation is the latest chapter in the evolving “DoveGate” scandal. It all began on...

Capital New York is rebranded as Politico expands its reach

Politico marched forward with its worldwide expansion on Wednesday, as the company’s soon-to-be-launched European outfit announced a spate of new hires and bureaus, and its Washington-based mothership unveiled a plan to create state-focused satellite publications across the country. Show More Summary

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