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Database may uncover conflicts of interest for TV doctors

Last September, the federal government rolled out a website that offered a searchable database of the $3.5 billion in payments that drug and device companies provided to physicians and teaching hospitals in the last half of 2013. Data...Show More Summary

Paper files public records request--and city's response is a lawsuit

When a newspaper requests information, there are plenty of ways government bodies can try to avoid releasing it. But the city of Billings, MT, has come up with a novel tactic: Sue the paper simply for asking. Now, because of the lawsuit, a state judge is currently deciding how to weigh the public's right to know against an individual's right...

Pro-regime journalists are shaping public opinion in Egypt

One of Egypt's most visible journalists at the moment is Mona Iraqi, a television personality who claimed to have tipped police off to the existence of a Cairo bathhouse where gay men were said to congregate then filmed the ensuing raid, one of several in an ongoing state crackdown on LGBT people. An Egyptian court acquitted all 26 people who...

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America

When BBC Pop-Up journalists Matt Danzico and Benjamin Zand drove into Sioux Falls, S.D., they started hunting for stories in the way they always do—by going wherever people are hanging out. In the winter in Sioux Falls, that’s at the local supermarket. They pulled into the parking lot of the Empire Mall Hy-Vee, unloaded their banner from their car,...

What game design can do for journalism

From left to right: Cherisse Datu, Kelli Dunlap, and Joyce Rice. As journalism is increasingly experimenting with innovative platforms and tools, some news media have started noticing the potential of computer games to tackle real-life issues in an engaging way. Show More Summary

Come write for us: CJR seeks Chicago correspondent for United States Project

The Columbia Journalism Review is seeking a Chicago-based correspondent to join its United States Project, which aims to support accountability journalism in local markets around the country by offering intelligent criticism of media...Show More Summary

Is it now-defunct or now defunct?

The new general manager of the New York Jets "was a league scout in the American offices of the now-defunct World League of American Football," one news report said. Another told of the sale of a "now defunct university's" campus. Yes, it's our old friend the hyphen, far from defunct, but not always needed. The phrase "now defunct" is another...

The human costs of not expanding Medicaid

Eduardo Porter's New York Times column last Wednesday, "The Costs of Stinginess In Medicaid," is a provocative reminder there are human costs that come with decisions not to expand Medicaid, as called for by the Affordable Care Act. Porter's piece is timely, as the drive to get health care to more people covered under Medicaid is under "assault," as Politico...

Should journalists care about the State of the Union address?

The State of the Union is antique. That’s not what President Barack Obama will tell a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night, but it is how new media organizations have treated this year’s annual address. The collective shrug started with Vice News, which didn’t publish any previews of the speech. Mic and Vox both outlined White House policy...

Timeline, an app based on "the history of..."

On Timeline, a new made-for-mobile app, the news is told chronologically. An orangutan gaining legal rights in Argentina, for instance, inspired an article last week on the history of personhood, which begins in 1266 France with seven pigs on trial for murder. Similarly, the recent Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong is the last item on a timeline asking, “Will...

Why did CoOportunity fail?

Just before Christmas, Iowa’s top insurance regulator announced he was taking control of CoOportunity Health, one of the 23 non-profit co-op health insurers created under the Affordable Care Act to inject competition into the insurance marketplace. Show More Summary

Chicago Reader staff votes to unionize, seeking 'stronger voice' in outlet's future

CHICAGO — Employees of the Chicago Reader, the city’s premier alt-weekly, voted unanimously Friday to join the Chicago Newspaper Guild, becoming the third Chicago newsroom to unionize in 13 months. Mick Dumke, the paper’s senior writer and one of the organizers behind today’s vote, says the decision to join the union stems from the desire to have “a stronger voice...

How the media can help Dr. Oz--and his fans

Two thousand fourteen was a tough year for Dr. Oz. In June, he appeared before a congressional committee to sullenly explain his use of terms like "magic pill" and "miracle" to describe a variety of sketchy weight-loss products. A few months later, when he asked Twitter users to submit their "biggest question," his account was peppered with sarcastic responses like,...

Preparing for Fidel Castro's death

MIAMI -- Last week, the usual crew of friends from the Miami Herald, el Nuevo Herald, and various national and international outlets got together for what has become a familiar ritual. Fidel Castro had died again. Every year or so, a rumor bubbles up that the world's most famous Cuban has this time, finally, truly, died. The local press corps...

Why we'll have to wait for CNN's news drones

CNN’s research program for drone journalism has been cleared for takeoff, but don’t expect Anderson Cooper-narrated live aerial shots any time soon. On Monday, the network announced a partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration to study how news organizations can safely use the nascent technology in US airspace. Show More Summary

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage

Things are not as they should be these days at The Virginian-Pilot, the largest newspaper in Virginia. In the fall, the paper produced an important investigation of municipal government, one that has sparked an official inquiry, led to policy changes at a local bank, and prompted the mayor of Virginia Beach to resign his lucrative private-sector job. By any expectation,...

Genius and the splintering of arts journalism

The announcement that Genius, the website best known for crowdsourced explanations of rap lyrics, bagged an A-list music critic was nothing if not a little snide. “Pop Music Critic Leaves The New Yorker to Annotate Lyrics for a Start-Up,” read The New York Times headline. But the nose turning belied the significance of the move for Sasha Frere-Jones, 11-year pop...

How to fight restrictions on access to court cases

Don Blankenship, the former CEO and chairman of Massey Energy, is accused of conspiring to violate various federal laws and regulations in connection with a fatal explosion in 2010 at the company’s Upper Big Branch-South mine. It’s unquestionably a big story, but the reporters covering it face a challenge. Last week, in response to requests from both local and national...

Waiting for Iran

In the aftermath of the horrific murders of Charlie Hebdo staff in Paris, one might think attacks on journalists tend to be dramatic, galvanizing events in which the fault lines are sharply drawn. But the voice of a free press is most often muffled in far less visible ways; through pressure, intimidation, imprisonment, and exile. Take Iranian journalist Siamak...

Inside the Sun Sentinel's investigation on Cuban criminals

MIAMI — Last year, reporters at the South Florida Sun Sentinel set out to prove a dirty little secret: Cuban criminals are exploiting the extraordinarily broad immigration privileges that apply to their nation to run elaborate fraud schemes in the US and then escape back to the island. After cracking a pair of key databases, reporters at the paper were...

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