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Why Make Stuff Up? The Incredible Demand on Campaign Reporters to Keep Things Interesting

Will the recent incorporation of some working political scientists into legacy media outlets help curb the use of misleading headlines and made-up stories of momentum in campaign coverage?

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Lock Up Your Daughters: An Interview With Ralph Steadman

A conversation about Picasso, Sigmund Freud, farm animals, and Hunter S. Thompson.

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Journalism Internship Coordinator Says Paid Positions Have Dropped by Nearly Half

As part of an ongoing investigation into the role colleges and universities play in the intern economy, ProPublica spoke with an internship coordinator to learn more about the process of developing a program.

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Rust Belt Geography and Awful Journalism

The dominant view of dying cities is outdated and wrong, and journalists are largely responsible for the geographic misconceptions.

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Journalism Is Never Perfect: The Politics of Story Corrections and Retractions

Do reporters and editors have an obligation to get the story right—even if not the first time?

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Why Reporters in the United States Now Need Protection

The Obama administration has made the most concerted effort since the Nixon years to intimidate officials from talking to a reporter.

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Is Alcohol Really to Blame for the Prevalence of Sexual Assault on College Campuses?

Access to alcohol isn’t anything new, but access to members of the opposite sex is.

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If You Want Free Nicotine Patches, Pretend to Smoke More Than 7 Cigarettes a Day

Mike Dang called a hotline that helps people quit smoking. The only issue: he’d never started.

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A Journalism Program That Offers Students Internships With Prestige, But No Paycheck

Colleges have used internships as a way to prepare their students for the professional world, but they’re also collecting tuition for unpaid programs.

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Putting You at Risk: Why It’s Critical That Health Agencies Cooperate With Reporters

Federal, state, and local health agencies are shutting down traditional lines of communication in increasing numbers, but public health, history shows, is profoundly affected by mainstream media.

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Banning Chocolate Milk Was a Bad Choice

The costs of banning America's favorite kids drink from schools may outweigh the benefits, a new study suggests.

In Battle Against Climate Change, Cities Are Left All Alone

Cities must play a critical role in shifting the world to a fossil fuel-free future. So why won't anybody help them?

When a Romance Is Threatened, People Rebound With God

And when they feel God might reject them, they buddy up to their partner.

How Can We Protect Open Ocean That Does Not Yet Exist?

As global warming melts ice and ushers in a wave of commercial activity in the Arctic, scientists are thinking about how to protect environments of the future.

What Kind of Beat Makes You Want to Groove?

The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014