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Will feminist writers save Playboy?

Many online readers probably think of and as opposites. But Sara Benincasa, an LA-based comedian and freelance writer, contributes to both sites, as well as other female-oriented publications like Bustle and xoJane. Show More Summary

Can I keep my doctor with Obamacare? There's a database for that, thanks to the LA Times

If I had to pick one story that has the potential to dominate news coverage of the second-year enrollment in warrants the attention--it would be the narrow networks. Restricted provider networks are not new, but their...Show More Summary

Colorado Senate debates offer new chance to explain what's at stake

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — Last month, just before a much-anticipated debate with his Republican challenger, Cory Gardner, US Sen. Mark Udall hopped into the bed of a pickup truck at a small rally in Grand Junction and grabbed a microphone. One of the first things the Colorado Democrat shouted to the crowd was that he wanted to raise the minimum...

Beware journo-speak

The public editor for The New York Times, Margaret Sullivan, wrote a wonderful piece last month about how word selection can mislead readers. One case she cited was the video of football player Ray Rice hitting Janay Palmer, then his girlfriend and now his wife. A Times article had called their interaction an "altercation," and Sullivan wrote: An altercation seems...

Don't treat worst-case scenarios as facts

On September 23, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a statistical forecast of how far the Ebola virus could spread in Liberia and Sierra Leone in the next four months. In the best-case scenario, as many as 8,000 people in the two nations could be infected by September 30, a 72.5-percent increase in just a week. In the...

Reporters struggle to stay safe covering Ebola

Glenna Gordon has worked in West Africa for five years. Visiting Nigerian slums, she knows which streets to avoid. She expertly steers clear of Islamic extremists and kidnappers. But the microscopic particles of Ebola baffle her. When...Show More Summary

Here's how to produce strong Ebola stories

The first American case of Ebola, diagnosed last week in Dallas, TX, was a real-time test for government officials seeking to quell public fears about the prospect of a major outbreak here--and for journalists reporting the story at the local, national, and international levels. By and large, both public health experts and mainstream media get good marks in terms of...

How one Massachusetts reporter provides a clear view on the healthcare market

As goes Massachusetts, so goes the nation—at least when it comes to healthcare. In the midst of the debate on Obamacare, I wrote a series of 10 posts examining the Bay State’s 2006 law that served as the blueprint for the Affordable Care Act. It’s time for an update. This is the third of an occasional series about coverage of...

PBS pulls ads from Harper's Magazine after critical essay

After a sales representative at Harper’s Magazine received a phone call on September 18 from a disgruntled advertiser, the subject of a critical story printed the week before, Publisher John R. MacArthur wasn’t surprised that it decided to pull ads from subsequent issues. But he was shocked by who that advertiser was: PBS, the public broadcaster famous for Big Bird...

Scary numbers in Moody's public pension report, sans context

A Moody's report last week warning that top US public pensions are underfunded by $2 trillion got wide coverage in the press. "How bad is the public pension funding gap? This bad," CNBC clickbaited. "Largest Public Pensions Face $2 Trillion Hole, Moody's Says," reported Bloomberg. "Some alarming numbers on the state of the nation`s public pension funds," said PBS's Nightly...

How a business reporter started covering the pot beat

MIAMI, FL — Michael Pollick remembers 1969. He was an airman first class stationed in Monterey, CA, where he spent weekends exploring the Bay Area, hitchhiking down the Pacific Coast, and, as he’s put it, “soaking up the California culture.” But today, as he covers the weed beat for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Pollick draws more on his decades of experience...

Explanatory news startup aims to build a new type of online community

In April 2013, Nieman Lab covered the story of an amazingly successful crowdfounding campaign run by Dutch startup De Correspondent, prompting New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen to tweet the link to the piece: That's it. I'm declaring De Correspondent the most interesting journalism start-up I have read about in 2013. — Jay Rosen...

The upside of yesterday's New York Times news

The New York Times is cutting 100 jobs from its newsroom, and you'd get the impression from the reaction that it's about to turn out the lights. The headline news is not as bad as it seems. For one, the Times had actually added 80 journalists in 2014. The upcoming cuts will put the newsroom down 20 people from the...

Colorado's elections seem boring, but they shouldn't be

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — If you've been paying attention at all to American politics and the 2014 midterms, you know that for a political journalist, Colorado is—or, at least, should be—the place to be. This swing state is host to a tight race for governor, one of very few competitive races for the House of Representatives, and a neck-and-neck US...

Will journalists get fined for photographing trees?

You’ve probably heard: The US Forest Service is savaging the First Amendment. It’s trying to codify a provisional rule, in place for several years, regulating photography and filmmaking in designated wilderness areas. The rule amends...Show More Summary

How OkCupid is bolstering data journalism

In the introduction of Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One is Looking), published last month, OkCupid co-founder Christian Rudder notes that, while companies started compiling data for profit, resulting troves contain vast storytelling...Show More Summary

Shakespeare didn't say that

Hell hath no fury like a writer scorned, and, should Shakespeare be alive today, he might feel much scorn'd. People misquote Shakespeare so often that he might well think no one actually reads him. Or perhaps he would be flattered, since so many pearls of wisdom by others are attributed to him. It's they who would be filled with wrath....

Stories I'd like to see

We are fast approaching the fifth anniversary, on Jan. 10, of when state applications are due to apply for awards under President Barack Obama's Race to the Top program. Passed in early 2009 as part of the Obama administration's economic stimulus package, Race to the Top offered $4.3 billion to be split among states that won a contest demonstrating they...

In all the goodbyes, media didn't catch why Jeter will be missed

From the perspective of the New York Yankees' marketing department, it is lucky that Alex Rodriguez spent the final season of teammate Derek Jeter's career suspended for his role in a steroid scandal. Though it was a bad year on the field for Jeter and a mediocre one for the team, the prohibition of A-Rod ensured that the press treated...

This is how Tehran Bureau covers Iran

At the turn of this century, I started noticing a torrent of messages from Iranian strangers each time I logged into my Yahoo Messenger account. I was a courts reporter in San Diego and thought the dozens of daily chat requests were coming from up north in Los Angeles, where the largest concentration of Iranians live outside their homeland. But...

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