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Exit Interview: Ed O'Keefe

After 12 years at ABC News, working his way up from a desk assistant to executive producer of ABC News Digital, Ed O'Keefe plunged into the world of startups as editor in chief of NowThis News, a video-news site for the social-media generation. O'Keefe experimented with content, tailoring videos to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, and Snapchat, and bringing news...

Old rivalries, old words

From a language point of view, what's happening in Iraq, Syria, and environs has revived words that have not been common for many years. One revival is "caliphate," in the context that the Islamic insurgents now advancing in Iraq may be seeking to form one. "Caliphate" has appeared in Nexis more than 1,000 times in the past three months, but...

A TV news veteran brings a Chicago watchdog group back to life

CHICAGO, IL — Late last year, a local watchdog group called the Better Government Association pieced together an investigative story about something patently Chicago: patronage politics. The BGA, in partnership with the Chicago Sun-Times,...Show More Summary

How to build a healthy news diet

In 2012, developer Clay Johnson published The Information Diet. His premise was simple: Information, like food, impacts our wellbeing as individuals and as a society, so healthy consumption habits are an important skillset to develop. Show More Summary

The back door

In November 2012, the investigative news site ProPublica published a two-part story that added an important new dimension to coverage of the civil war in Syria. It was based on documents that showed a Syrian plane had secretly flown to Moscow and returned loaded with supplies to boost the ailing Assad regime. This wasn't humanitarian aid. It was more...

Ethiopia reportedly fires 18 journalists from a state-run outlet

On June 25, when 18 journalists from Ethiopia's state-run Oromia Radio and Television Organization (ORTO) arrived to start their scheduled shifts, they learned their employment had been terminated "with orders from the higher ups." The...Show More Summary

Hogs, guns, and money

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS — Who is Joni Ernst? According to media reports, she’s a “Harley-riding, pistol-packing,” “hog-castrating” farmer, Iraq veteran, and "magnetic mom" who projects “authenticity” and a “just-folks personality;” who "burst...Show More Summary

Rupert Murdoch and News Corp.'s woes will continue

Rupert Murdoch has known since sometime last year that he is a suspect in the investigations probing the systemic corruption at his British tabloids. Which is why the $18 million he paid Rebekah Brooks when she resigned in disgrace from News Corp. and the tens of millions of dollars more he poured into her legal defense may be the best...

Six times Medicare caved

Reporters don't often cover the rule-making process that goes on at government agencies. If they do, they typically borrow from a press release announcing the agency has proposed this or that new regulation, and then the story dies a quiet death. Rarely is there any follow-up when regulated industries howl, or when successful lobbying results in the agency cancelling its...

As Congress scolded him, Dr. Oz launched a magazine

Journalists have delighted in tearing into Dr. Mehmet Oz this week, after a senate hearing shamed the daytime television personality for propagating untested products as miracle cures on his show. (Over at Vox a video of John Oliver chastizing Oz has hung in the site's top-read list for almost a week.) But those chastizing Oz seem to be overlooking the...

TNR's Scott Walker cover story owed a deep debt to some great local reporting

DETROIT, MI — It goes like this: a local reporter digs deep and turns out a substantive story. Then a national reporter swoops into town for a few hours or a day, with little knowledge or experience of the community. To meet a tight deadline, he or she borrows facts from the local reporting, but misses a cringe-worthy amount of...

Investigating a $150 billion 'black box'

In a year-long investigation of Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, Fred Schulte, David Donald, Erin Durkin, and Chris Zubak-Skees of The Center for Public Integrity did a masterful job exposing government hypocrisy and stonewalling, regulatory...Show More Summary

Brick by brick

In April, six months after her family sold the newspaper it had controlled for eight decades to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth walked onstage in the paper's auditorium to reverse what had been the signature strategy of her six years at the helm. Since she was named publisher in February 2008, a year the newspaper...

Michael Jackson's death is a questionable news peg

Coverage was...interesting...on Wednesday, the fifth anniversary of Michael Jackson's death. Since there's nothing to cover, so to speak--no new news about the pop star's demise--outlets used the anniversary as a peg to run a strange variety of archival stories and random cultural ephemera. Show More Summary

With the Aereo decision, local TV news likely dodged disaster

This morning, the Supreme Court ruled against Aereo, the company that had made a business of capturing TV broadcast over the airwaves for free and delivering it to cord-cutting customers on their computers. If Aereo had won the case, it would have been able to challenge the business model big broadcast networks have relied on for the past few decades:...

Stories I'd like to see

This story, a regular column, was originally published on 1. The Hillary alternatives: Can it really be such a certainty that Hillary Clinton is going to be the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016 that the media is taking the right approach in essentially ignoring other possible Democratic candidates? In any other situation we would be seeing profiles of a...

When 'reader engagement' is more than a buzzword

MIAMI, FL — Journalistic investigations into prisons and jails are difficult. They’re hard because authorities often won’t cooperate and inmates often don’t have the freedom to. But most of all, as I’ve written before, they’re hard because a certain percentage of readers simply doesn’t care what happens to criminals. Show More Summary

What the SCOTUSblog credential ruling gets wrong

The Senate Daily Press Gallery announced yesterday that it did not err in April by rejecting SCOTUSblog’s application for press credentials, thus confirming that it did err in April 2013 by granting SCOTUSblog’s application for press credentials. Show More Summary

Virginia's governor didn't say he's going to 'expand Medicaid'

CHARLESTON, SC -- It depends on what the meaning of the word "expansion" is. That might be the most appropriate way to describe the confusion and conflicting reporting stemming from a news conference given last Friday by Terry McAuliffe, the longtime consigliere to Bill Clinton and current Democratic governor of Virginia. After spending a good chunk of Monday trying to...

How to tell if you're using 'irony' or 'sarcasm'

A father and daughter were deep in discussion over breakfast at a diner. "That's not irony, that's sarcasm," the father said of something the daughter had pointed out. "No," she answered. "Irony is to point out the absurdity of something. Sarcasm is meant to wound. That's the difference." She's on to something. When we wrote about "irony" nearly three years...

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