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Breaking down the numbers in CNN's controversial report on a Florida hospital

On June 1, CNN aired a year-long investigation that made alarming claims about high mortality rates and other complications in the pediatric cardiac surgery program at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Published under the headline “Secret Deaths,” the report landed with a splash—and soon brought a backlash. Show More Summary

The media milestone the media (fittingly?) forgot

One decade ago this weekend, millions of iPod owners woke up to a quiet change to the iTunes software they probably didn’t even notice. The really revolutionary updates usually have nice, round numbers—iTunes 3.0 invented the personalized...Show More Summary

American workers are getting sick, and CPI wants you to understand why

When Jim Morris told CJR about the Center for Public Integrity’s labor and environment team in March, he extolled the virtues of putting both topics under one umbrella. “We’re talking about things like toxic chemicals in the workplace,” he said. Show More Summary

Under Spain's gag law, covering the news could cost you

One evening last month, a police helicopter swooped over my neighborhood of mid-sized apartment blocks in Barcelona. The city has very little street crime; L.A.-style police pursuits coordinated by helicopters overhead are exceedingly rare. Show More Summary

More tough times for The Tampa Tribune

In 2012, Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway, in a show of faith in the future of local news, bought a chain of newspapers from Media General. There was just one daily paper in the portfolio that Buffet didn’t take: The Tampa Tribune, the longtime rival to the Tampa Bay Times that traces its history to the 19th century. Things looked bleak...

When governments sue public-records requesters

When you send a public records request to a government agency, you might expect a delayed response or high costs to fulfill it, even a denial—but you probably don’t expect to be sued by the agency. Yet that very thing happened recently in New Jersey, prompting a judge last week to dismiss the suit and conclude that a public policy...

Bloomberg's new regime and tensions over the editorial vision

In April, Zachary Mider’s groundbreaking story on corporate tax inversions won Bloomberg News the first Pulitzer Prize in its 25-year history. When Mider collected his award a month later, at the annual Pulitzer luncheon at ColumbiaShow More Summary

Covering gay marriage when it's really, really personal

On a sticky August day last year in Cincinnati, I filed into the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on assignment for Al Jazeera America’s website to cover oral arguments in the four cases challenging state bans on same-sex marriage—the same cases that led to last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide. Seated next to me happened to...

Clearing up compliment vs. complement

A brochure arrived via email the other day, offering a tour of some property in Florida and a “complementary” three-day vacation. It’s true that the tour and the vacation might go well together, but the word the brochure writer wanted was “complimentary,” a synonym for “free.” The only difference between them spelling-wise is a single letter, and the intent is...

The court case is over--but here's another big story for healthcare reporters to follow

The big healthcare story of the week, of course, is the Supreme Court’s decision to leave in place the insurance subsidy regime set out by the Affordable Care Act. But big as it is, that news just lets the status quo stand. There’s another important healthcare story percolating that could bring important changes to the insurance markets—and while it’s drawn...

Revolution and its discontents: The messy case of Egypt’s journalists union

YEHIYA QALLASH, AN EDITOR AT EGYPT'S state-owned newspaper Al-Gomhouria, has a reputation as a government critic. He also recently became president of the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate at a time when attacks on the press in Egypt have risen to an all time high. In his two-year term, Qallash will have to navigate the uneasy waters of post-revolution Egypt: The old...

How Charleston's paper captured the response to a horrific church shooting on its front page

It’s almost a truism of media’s digital age: For all the ways in which newspapers have been battered by the shift away from print, the front page can still play a unique and remarkable role. In times of tragedy and crisis, a well-conceived front can focus a community’s grief and seek to represent a shared response—and, in a sign of...

Black and white: why capitalization matters

The killings in Charleston, South Carolina, heartbreakingly elicit another focus on race. In our case, not about race as a social construct, but race as it appears in print: Specifically, when to use capital letters or not for people who are identified with the label “black” or “white.” A website originally registered to the man accused in the Charleston killings,...

Removal of faculty advisers sparks concern about independence of student publications

At least four college newspaper advisers have been removed from their roles or seen their positions reduced or eliminated over the last six months, raising concerns among advocates about the independence of student publications around the country. Show More Summary

Can Politico rise again?

The new era began as new eras typically do at Politico, with a memo. The email flashed into staffers’ inboxes at 6:50 a.m. on September 18, its eventual circulation throughout Beltway media circles preordained. The tone of such company-wide...Show More Summary

Lose labyrinthine and keep it bizarre

The recent election in Turkey, where voters refused to grant a majority of seats in Parliament to any one party, creating the threat of political gridlock, could literally be called “Byzantine.” After all, Istanbul, Turkey, was once called Byzantium. Show More Summary

In the wake of Serial’s success, Atlanta paper creates a true-crime podcast

In a bit of what might be called fan nonfiction, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has rolled out a podcast modeled on Serial, the smash hit spin-off of This American Life in which Sarah Koenig investigated a murder conviction, sharing with her audience her reporting steps and her own uncertainties about the case. The AJC’s Breakdown explores the case of Justin Chapman,...

Experimenting with NPR's new Storytelling Lab

NPR is coming out of its car radio. The nonprofit broadcasting giant is slated to break even for the first time in six years, according to Wired. That progress is rooted in a combination of good fortune and good strategy—podcasts are “in” this season, and the broadcaster is hoping to capitalize on on-demand streaming with the new NPR One app,...

The first statewide police body-cam law comes with a major caveat

Last week, Nikki Haley of South Carolina became the first governor to sign a state law directing every police department in the state to implement the use of body-worn cameras. Just one thing: The footage captured by all those cop-cams won't be subject to the state's open records laws. Notably, the bill signing came not long after the Aiken Standard,...

Digital news consumers increasingly control how they view content

The takeaway from Reuters’ vast new study of the world’s digital news consumers is that the disruptive trends publishers have been grappling with the last few years have crystallized into something more lasting, not just in the United States but around the world. Readers deplore online ads, particularly the personalized ones that follow them from site to site. They still...

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