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Category: General journalism issues


Journalists jump at chance to say “fart” in a story; botch what study & news release said


Last remaining U.S. press council closes next month


Health/science news criticism: “nothing at stake here except the survival of credible journalism”


The passing of TIME and of firewalls between editorial & business sides


Journalists: don’t use the term “massive” heart attack if you don’t know what you’re talking about


Doing an autopsy on a feel-good local TV health news story…and the harms therein


Atlanta TV station has newsmen promoting prostate cancer screening


Journalists addicted to “Oreos as addictive as cocaine” news release

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Coach’s sideline seizures lead to newspaper criticism, public firestorm of reaction


Let me count the ways I’m troubled by this NBC “cookies & cancer” story