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Medicare fraud stories ignore larger issues of reform

This has been a summer for Medicare fraud stories. In the past week alone, there were stories from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. The Journal piece explained how Medicare's claims database "reveals that some alleged bad actors have been in the Medicare system for years." The story centered around one Dr. Robert Glazer,...

What the numbers coming out of Ferguson say, and who is saying it best

Troopers from the Missouri Highway Patrol stand at the ready in a strip mall along Ferguson's West Florissant Ave. on the evening of August 20 (Credit: Evan Simko-Bednarski) In the week following the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, there were few notable data journalism approaches to the story, except for an impressive graphic from The Washington Post...

Journalists in Ferguson: Know your rights

Reporting on protests is no easy job--just ask the 16 journalists arrested so far while covering the events in Ferguson, MO, following the death of Michael Brown. Amid clashes between protesters and police, those journalists went places where they weren't supposed to go, and they did things they weren't supposed to do. Or so said the police. The situation in...

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say

Though he only write a major story every year or two, for the last decade and a half John Siracusa has built a reputation as one of Apple’s most influential critics. When he does publish a piece, it’s a 25,000-plus word tome, dropped on Ars Technica, a technology site owned by Condé Nast, to ritual fanfare and millions of hits....

Trolls make good clickbait

Trolls have been causing havoc online since the early days of the internet, disrupting online debate and directing offensive language and images at other users. But the problem continues to stymie the media, the public, and tech experts alike. This past week gave plenty of cause to revisit the issue as Jezebel called attention to its problems with porn spam,...

In Ferguson, local news coverage shines

It has been a stressful, sleep-deprived 11 days for St. Louis journalists, ever since teenager Michael Brown was shot on August 9 by a police officer in the suburb of Ferguson, MO, provoking protests and riots unlike anything the city has ever seen. But in the midst of the chaos, local media has largely risen to the enormity of...

How to establish a media diet

Earlier this year, I began experimenting with different strategies for stepping outside of the 24-hour news cycle. I was overwhelmed by the continuous streams of information available online, and mainly consuming fleeting tweets and headlines, I felt like I knew a little bit about a lot of things and not a lot about anything specific. So I began reading a...

Third party apps are winning the traffic battle

In 2011, Bill Keller accused Arianna Huffington's namesake site of doing no less than stealing content, arguing, "There's often a thin line between aggregation and theft." The threat from aggregation prompted lots of whining from the...Show More Summary

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- This city’s two rival dailies, the broadsheet Inquirer and tabloid Daily News, share an owner, a website, and now more than ever, mutual enmity and distrust. Last month, the papers’ owner and publisher, H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, overruled Inquirer editor Bill Marimow and killed a major page-one story at the behest of Daily News editor Michael Days. The...

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins

When Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based cable news giant rolled out its massive new American affiliate one year ago, creating a full-force 24-hour cable news channel—800 journalists, several studios, support staff, the works— in a move that...Show More Summary

Apple can't hide from a 20-year-old reporter

The best-sourced reporter covering Apple Inc., one of the world’s most secretive companies, is a 20-year-old junior at the University of Michigan. His name is Mark Gurman. He makes more than six figures a year as senior editor and scoop master at 9to5Mac.com, a news outlet most people have never heard of. In the interest of truth, which Gurman is...

Facebook to Onion readers: They're just kidding

Satire on Facebook now comes with a disclosure. Click on an Onion article in a Facebook News Feed, and the related headlines from the same site that pop up beneath will now be prefaced with “[Satire].” The same does not apply to posts on Facebook timelines, including The Onion’s page. According to Facebook, the feature has been tested for a...

The media's growing interest in how animals think

Tip the elephant arrived in New York to accolades and fanfare--until things went wrong. A few years into his stay in the Central Park Zoo, the elephant began display strange bouts of anger and a mercurial personality. After several attempts to maul his caretaker, who had become convinced that the animal was hell-bent on his assassination, park commissioners deemed Tip...

Why words have multiple acceptable spellings

Last week, we talked about the new, fifth edition of Webster's New World College Dictionary, and some things in it that changed or stayed the same. Mark Allen, a freelance editor who writes frequently for Copyediting magazine, commented that "My biggest surprise was almost all the entries in the AP Stylebook that note an 'exception to Webster's New World' still...

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers

Gannett's latest Great Leap Forward will go "digital first," heavily emphasizing metrics to guide coverage. It will have significantly smaller newsrooms with a few more reporters and a lot fewer editors, in part because it is centralizing production work like copyediting and page design in regional hubs. Show More Summary

Detroit's Dan Gilbert and the 'savior complex'

DETROIT, MI — “A man for his time and place. Love him or hate him.” That’s how Bill Shea, who covers the business of sports for Crain’s Detroit Business, describes Dan Gilbert. While he’s still probably best-known nationally as the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Gilbert has a fast-rising media profile as something of a mogul in Detroit, his...

Why did one regulator order a health insurer to set its rates higher?

A little drama over insurance rates came to a head earlier this week in Oregon, with a result you might not have expected: State regulators ordered one carrier to set rates substantially higher than it had requested. Thanks to strong reporting from The Lund Report, an independent news site dedicated to covering the state’s healthcare industry, along with some contributions...

Vox fails on journo arrests, the LAT does a great investigation of police misreporting, and The Verge illuminates net neutrality commenters

It's a little ridiculous to classify as data journalism a classic investigation like The Los Angeles Times' piece from last week reporting that the Los Angeles Police Department misclassified 1,200 violent crimes over the course of a year. Data has long been used in good watchdog work like this, in which reporters Ben Poston and Joel Rubin obtained a year...

Why Obama's statement on reporters' arrests in Ferguson is hypocritical

In a news conference Thursday addressing the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown and resulting unrest in Ferguson, MO, President Barack Obama criticized the arrests of two reporters there on Wednesday night. “Here in the United States of America, police should not be bullying or arresting journalists who are just trying to do their jobs,” Obama said in a news conference...

Can Ferguson police legally withhold the officer's name?

As the unrest in Ferguson, MO, has spread and grown, set off by the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown and amplified by the militarized police response, one question has stood out among the many we can’t yet answer: Who is the police officer that shot Brown? Embedded in that one question, of course, are several others: What is the officer’s rank? What...

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