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The Boston Globe owned the health policy beat once. Where did that tenacity go?

As goes Massachusetts; so goes the nation--at least when it comes to healthcare. In 2009 and 2010, in the midst of the debate on Obamacare, I wrote a series of ten posts examining the Bay State's 2006 law that served as a the blueprint for the Affordable Care Act. It's time for an update. This is the first of an...

Northeast Ohio Media Group seeks a LeBron reporter

Northeast Ohio Media Group, which recently advertised its Cavaliers-beat opening, is now looking for someone to cover LeBron James fulltime for and the Plain Dealer. The ad describes this as “one of the most challenging...Show More Summary

Can Social Media Posts Be Used as Legal Evidence?

Millions of people are now communicating via the internet today and many are freely expressing their sentiments over a lot of issues whether they’re personal or related to the issues of society. Sometimes, there are even internet users...Show More Summary

'Better Call Saul' Billboard in Albuquerque Really Turns Back the Clock

Breaking Bad fans, this time you'd better call James! Those dying for a taste of AMC's Breaking Bad spinoff series, Better Call Saul, got a nice little present this week, as this billboard popped up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The sign is actually a prop being used in the filming of the prequel series, set to debut next year. Show More Summary

Morning Report for July 24, 2014

Alex Beam: “If they made a cartoon about a Baby Boomer newspaper columnist, they would name it Dora the Deplorer.” ( Even background interviews at the White House have to be “chaperoned.” Also, writes Paul Farhi, “reporters who cover other parts of official Washington, such as Capitol Hill, can usually count on encountering … Read More

Sex and the City Supercut Shows How Much It Loved Name-Dropping Brands

Sex and the City's leading ladies—Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte—turned everything from Manolo heels to sex swings into household names during the series' run on HBO. To show the women's love affair with consumer culture, artist...Show More Summary

Bloomberg struggles to break out of the box

When Justin Smith arrived from the Atlantic to last fall to take over the sprawling media group at Bloomberg LP, the move was greeted by hosannas in the media and journalism circles. Here was the young, digitally savvy executive credited with playing a crucial role in pulling a 156-year-old monthly from the brink of extinction coming to an immensely...

Tijuana/San Diego daily Frontera kills column critical of paper’s redesign

Frontera, a daily that covers San Diego and Tijuana, was redesigned for its recent 15th anniversary celebration. Political analyst and op-ed columnist Benedicto Ruiz Vargas doesn’t like the new look and let readers know in a column that editors spiked on Tuesday. A reader, who was slipped the column, sent excerpts: The changes at Frontera … Read More

A state lawmaker's op-ed appears to be copied from... somewhere

CHARLESTON, SC — What does cattle ranching in Wyoming have to do with building homes in South Carolina? More than you’d think, apparently, judging by a recent newspaper op-ed by a Charleston lawmaker and a PR package from a beef lobbying group in Cheyenne. The two pieces use nearly identical language in their opposition to a controversial EPA proposal that would clarify...

Iowa editor fired over ‘Gaystapo’ blog post claims he’s a victim of religion discrimination

Bob Eschliman was fired as editor of the Newton (Iowa) Daily News in May after complaining on his personal blog that “the LGBTQXYZ crowd and the Gaystapo” are trying to reword the Bible “to make their sinful nature ‘right with God.’” He added that “we must fight back against the enemy.” The head of Shaw … Read More

Answer the City Desk phone at your own risk

From a Bangor Daily News staffer: No joke: A lady just called the newsroom because she wanted to know what time Days of our Lives comes on — Ryan McLaughlin (@LesMillsRocksta) July 23, 2014 Post your calls-to-the-newsrooms stories in comments or send via email.

What’s your Plan B, journalists?

Russ Kendall, who quit his newspaper photo-editing job 18 months ago to run a pizza business, has created a Facebook group called “What’s Your Plan B?” He tells Romenesko readers that it’s “aimed at photographers, reporters, designers, and editors who have either lost their newspaper jobs or might lose them.” I hope will offer resources … Read More

Ad of the Day: The End Is Nigh in Brilliantly Bleak Ad for FXX's Simpsons Mega-Marathon

The world is really going to having a cow when FXX enacts its insane plan to air every Simpsons episode ever, back to back, beginning Aug. 21. In fact, there may be no cows—indeed, no world—left by the end. In the wonderfully dark promo...Show More Summary

Do You Have to Go Overseas or Buy a Competitor to Get New Video Subscribers?

Netflix executives practically had party hats on during their earnings call on Monday. The reason? The company topped 50 million subscribers for the first time. Comcast, meanwhile, was similarly pleased to report that it had expanded, but not by convincing new subscribers to sign on—by moving forward with its deal to acquire Time Warner Cable. Show More Summary

Morning Report for July 23, 2014

A.H. Belo sells the Providence Journal to GateHouse Media’s parent for $46 million. ( | ( Greta Van Susteren blasts “snooty journalism magazine” CJR for not calling her before posting its Jill Abramson piece. Show More Summary

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