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'Mediscare' claims persist. Does calling them 'debunked' suffice?

Well, what do you know. Republicans are trying their luck yet again with campaign ads telling voters that the Dems and Obamacare cut $700 billion from Medicare. The implication, of course, is that seniors--a group such ads have resonated with in the past--will be so scared of benefit cuts they will vote once again for the GOP. It's a potent...

How civic hackers are helping local journalism

CHICAGO, IL — Last year, when Chicago Public Schools released a list of 129 schools slated for possible closure, the move triggered an avalanche of criticism from parent groups, teachers unions, and other stakeholders from all around the city. Show More Summary

Is it time to end media blackouts?

The brutal murder of journalist James Foley and now Steven Sotloff in Syria has sparked disbelief and raw outrage. Now, a broader debate is opening about the role of the media in conflict zones: are some stories just too dacomngerous for journalists to cover? Should governments pay ransom when reporters are kidnapped? How should the media cover terrorist propaganda like...

Who is Fred Ryan?

On October 1st, Politico co-founder and former Reagan administration official Frederick Ryan, Jr. will take over as publisher of The Washington Post. Ryan represents Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’s first major change in the leadership of the paper he bought for $250 million last year. Ryan is also, according to the Post’s own reporting, a fixture of the Georgetown party circuit...

How misinformation goes viral: a Truthy story

On August 26, Fox’s Megyn Kelly aired a four-minute segment on an Indiana University project called Truthy, declaring sarcastically, “Some bureaucrat deciding whether you are being hateful or misinforming people — what could possibly go wrong?” Fox & Friends jumped onto the bandwagon two days later. Show More Summary

A future without 'Graham Grams'

When my wife and I were young parents in the late 1970s and I was working as a Metro reporter at The Washington Post covering Prince George's County and Maryland politics, we had a favorite saying we would utter whenever we bought new shoes and clothes for our two gradeschool kids: "Thank you, Mrs. Graham." As the years and decades...

The Boston Globe launches Crux to draw a global, Catholic audience

The religion of journalism has always found believers in Boston. The same goes for Catholicism. No small wonder, then, why the flagship Boston Globe intends to practice the former creed to examine the latter, an ambitious attempt to attract readers outside of city limits. Show More Summary

How to build an audience

The Marketplace of Attention: How Audiences Take Shape in a Digital Age By James G. Webster The MIT Press 280 pages; $29.95 ome Facebook users were outraged this summer when they learned that the world’s biggest social network had, during a week in 2012, manipulated their emotions by tweaking its News Feed algorithm. Researchers showed some users mostly upbeat...

The Tea Party is timeless

For the ages For Hofstadter, pictured here in 1946, anti-intellectualism was an unavoidable part of a democratic society. (Erich Hartmann / Magnum Photos) nti-Intellectualism in American Life doesn’t seem like a catchy title, but, more...Show More Summary

When late-night went political

On location The Dick Cavett Show broadcasts from the Senate Watergate Committee hearing room on Aug. 1, 1973. (Daphne Productions) ick Cavett isn’t the first hardnosed reporter who comes to mind when we think of the Watergate scandal. Probably because he wasn’t so much a capital-J journalist as a cornball-yet-erudite talk-show host. Still, over a two-year stretch he grilled...

Do you know Elise Andrew?

(Agata Nowicka) n retrospect, I could easily have ignored the picture that appeared on my Facebook feed on a lazy Sunday two years ago, labeled simply “Sand under a 250x magnification.” Cheesy, I thought, glancing at the post, not noticing until my nose grazed the monitor that I’d leaned in closer to look. The grains looked like tiny manmade...

Gun Crisis Reporting Project uncovers despair

Wounded Family members of a gunshot victim on February 14 in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia. (Joseph Kaczmarek) t’s just before midnight on a warm summer monday when photographer Joe “Kaz” Kaczmarek gets word of a double shooting on the 6500 block of Castor Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia. In less than 30 minutes he arrives on the scene, where...

What science can tell sportswriters about why we love sports

Freaks! Studies show that self-esteem of sports fans, like these watching the World Cup final, is bound up in their team's performance. (Susan Meiselas / Magnum Photos) his summer was tumultuous for the mood of nations, as you may have read in the sports section. In Argentina, Reuters reported, a “weary nation” was able to find “rare joy” in...

Letters to the editor

Brick by Bezos Which Bezos? Commenting on your article about Jeff Bezos taking over The Washington Post (“Brick by brick,” July/August 2014”), I have no doubt that the Post will NOT be controlled by a so-called literature-loving, charming billionaire. Show More Summary

Can news literacy grow up?

Pioneers Stony Brook's Howard Schneider, seen here with Christiane Amanpour, developed the first news-literacy course after realizing how confused and misinformed students were about journalism and its role in society. (Wasim Ahmad / Stony Brook) This piece was funded by the Robert R. Show More Summary

Carol J. Loomis reflects on 60 years at Fortune

(Credit: Fortune) arol J. Loomis retired in July after 60 years at Fortune, where she became, indisputably, a giant of business journalism. Along the way, she blazed a trail for women journalists, felled CEOs, and became close friends with a little-known Omaha investor named Buffett. Put it this way: She won a Loeb award for Lifetime Achievement in 1993...

Lincoln teams up with journalists

Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public OpinionBy Harold HolzerSimon & Schuster768 pages; $35 The Lincoln portrayed in Harold Holzer’s painstakingly detailed study, Lincoln and the Power of the Press, will seem familiar to those who’ve read Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals or seen the film Lincoln (2012), based in part on that book: Lincoln...

Uncle Sam wants (to kill) you

War Reporters Under Threat: The United States and Media Freedom I traveled to Iraq for the first time in the winter of 2004. I was a reporter at the Los Angeles Times, and had volunteered to help out at the Baghdad bureau over Christmas. It was a three-week assignment that ended up lasting nearly three years. Throughout that time,...

Matt Bai seeks a larger truth

All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went TabloidBy Matt BaiAlfred A. Knopf288 pagesHardcover; $26.95 att Bai’s elegant new book, All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid, borrows its title from the opening line of a W.B. Yeats poem that Gary Hart committed to memory and recited to Martin O’Malley, now governor of Maryland. The...

Kyiv Post's unlikely success

Dose of reality When Zahoor fired Bonner, above, the newsroom went on strike and Zahoor was forced to rehire him. (Oliver Bullough) f you search for “Ukraine news” on Google UK, you might expect to find the BBC or The Guardian atop the results. Those are, after all, vast news operations that have poured resources into the Ukraine story,...

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