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The First Annual FJP Absolutely Arbitrary Best of Everything List: 2013 Edition »


As 2013 comes to a close, we see best of lists everywhere and think we should create one of our own. As de facto head of this operation I put forth The First Annual FJP Absolutely Arbitrary Best of Everything List: 2013 Edition.

So while arbitrary, these are things we bandied about during the…

Megyn Kelly isn’t the only thing as white and smart as a bucket of spackle…

CNN and Zucker loosing it. Christine Aramapour, too.



These Journalists Spent Two Years and $750,000 Covering One Story

In recent weeks, ProPublica has published a major—and scathing—investigative series on the dangers of Tylenol’s main active ingredient, acetaminophen. Two years in the making, this series shows yet again the essential role of investigative journalism in providing public information that can literally save lives. 

On the chance that the impact of the revelations has already been overtaken by other news, here again is the gist of the stories. Tylenol’s marketing has long emphasized its safety. Among the more memorable of its advertisements was that Tylenol was the pain reliever “hospitals use most” and packages asserted that the pills provided “safe, fast pain relief.” It turns out that these claims were dangerously misleading, and were known to be so by both the pharmaceutical manufacturer and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. To expand the reach of its findings to millions of radio listeners, ProPublica, brought in public radio’s This American Life as a collaborator which incisively summarized ProPublica’s evidence of the dangers of acetaminophen. “During the last decade,” the first ProPublica piece begins, “more than 1,500 Americans died after taking too much of a drug renowned for its safety.” Moreover, the series and broadcast showed that the FDA has known for decades about the scale of the problem, but has failed to fully implement a succession of recommendations and warnings.

Read more. [Image: ProPublica/Flickr]

The cost of reporting

TV night. Ted Cruz, GOP and SNAP, UN General Assembly. Everything’s on…

TV night. Ted Cruz, GOP and SNAP, UN General Assembly. Everything’s on…

“In the good old days, the journalism business was subsidized by all of the other things a newspaper contained apart from the news. This included classified ads, obviously, but also horoscopes, gardening columns, the comic page and other add-ons that had little or nothing to do with news or journalism. Gradually the internet has taken most of these pillars away, and left newspapers with just the hard news — in other words, the only thing no one wants to pay for.”

Mathew Ingram, paidContent: The unfortunate fact is that online journalism can’t survive without a wealthy benefactor or cat GIFS, 

FJP: A sad but true summary of how news was subsidized in the past, and what its options are today.

(via futurejournalismproject)
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