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November 9, 2015

OP-ED | Thank A Veteran For Free Speech

by Barth Keck | November 9, 2015 4:24pm

As we commemorate Veterans Day this week to “thank and honor living veterans who served honorably in the military,” special appreciation is due Bryan Stascavage, a veteran currently attending Wesleyan University.

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August 4, 2015

CTNewsJunkie Turns 10: Thank You

by Doug Hardy | August 4, 2015 11:37pm

We are happy to report that readers came through and helped us reach our end-of-the-session fundraising goal. We had set a target of $6,500 and we hit that number Tuesday on our way to an eight-day total of $6,833 . . .

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August 3, 2015

CTNewsJunkie Turns 10: In New World Of Media, Watchdogs Need Community Backing

by Matt DeRienzo | August 3, 2015 10:22am

As CTNewsJunkie celebrates a decade of existence this summer, it’s a good time to emphasize two things: Its reporting on state government and politics is needed more than ever, and its community of readers will need to rally behind it if CTNewsJunkie is going to survive in a rapidly changing media world.

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July 30, 2015

CTNewsJunkie Turns 10: Journalism Hangs In the Balance of Readers’ Preferences ... and Their Wallets

by Christine Stuart | July 30, 2015 12:05am

The latest employment numbers and revenue data from the newspaper industry paint an ugly picture.

The American Society of News Editors reports that from 2014 to 2015, the industry saw its first double-digit percentage drop in newsroom jobs since the recession in 2008. The downward curve in the employment chart is looking like a cliff again, in spite of a growing economy.

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July 21, 2015

OP-ED | GOP Would Benefit From ‘March Madness’ Debate Format In Crowded Field

by Kiernan Majerus-Collins | July 21, 2015 10:29am


The first debate of the 2016 presidential election is just weeks away, and I for one am looking forward to it.

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June 12, 2015

OP-ED | Keep An Eye Out for Mischief in Implementer When It Comes to Transparency

by Sarah Darer Littman | June 12, 2015 11:00am

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According to the CT General Assembly website, an implementer is a “bill that changes statutes to put into effect or ‘implement’ the provisions of the adopted state budget.”

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June 5, 2015

OP-ED | Nobody Scores! The Winners and Losers of Session 2015

by Susan Bigelow | June 5, 2015 8:45am

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The gavel came down at last, and the 2015 regular session of the General Assembly is in the history books. So as legislators and reporters collapse in exhaustion after yet another marathon run, who came out on top? Who saw their hopes crushed? Let’s find out.

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May 11, 2015

OP-ED | Restore Public Accountability Over Law Enforcement Agencies

by Mitchell Pearlman | May 11, 2015 7:44am

Last year, the Connecticut Supreme Court overturned some 20 years of Freedom of Information law when it concluded that police departments need only disclose a bare minimum of arrest information (name, address, date, time and charges) pending prosecution. This ruling applies even if other arrest information is not exempt from public disclosure. The Supreme Court majority itself, however, recognized that its tortured reading of the law is in need of legislative clarification.

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May 4, 2015

OP-ED | When News Organizations Take the Clickbait; ‘Viral’ Doesn’t Always Mean ‘Newsworthy’

by Barth Keck | May 4, 2015 1:37pm

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Topping the news recently were these three stories: An angry Baltimore mom demonstrates proper parenting techniques, an outspoken Pennsylvania dad schools local school leaders, and a Connecticut university president crashes a student party.

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March 18, 2015

OP-ED | From ‘Sound Bytes’ to ‘Eye Bytes,’ News Consumption Changing for Younger Generations

by Barth Keck | March 18, 2015 3:26pm

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A recent Quinnipiac University poll that found 29 percent of American voters see Fox News as “the most trusted” source for network and cable news coverage was not surprising since it’s not the first time that’s happened.

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