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Remapping Debate, an online domestic policy journal focused on original reporting, is posing the why and why not questions that are too rarely asked by most news outlets. The publication is receiving significant attention for its Story Repair feature, where it takes in an article from a major news outlet and reworks the story to make it more illuminating.

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looks to be an interesting new source of reporting on politics and public policy.

Remapping Debate, an online domestic policy journal focused on original reporting, is posing the why and why not questions that are too rarely asked by most news outlets. The publication is receiving significant attention for its Story Repair feature, where it takes in an article from a major news outlet and reworks the story to make it more illuminating.

Early comments:

Remapping Debate's prescription for remedying substandard media coverage of policy issues is all spot on.

Remapping Debate "looks to be an interesting new source of reporting on politics and public policy."

In the latest edition of Remapping Debate:

Integrated effort to fight housing, school barriers?
Original Reporting, by Greg Marx
When the Department of Housing and Urban Development last week announced $100 million in grants to promote sustainable regional planning, it was a big day for the Obama Administration's flagship effort to build a "geography of opportunity." A closer look, though, shows outstanding questions about what role racial and economic integration play in the new metropolitan agenda — and about how hard the federal government is prepared to push for those goals when it encounters local resistance.

Preparation for active citizenship not on education agenda
Original Reporting, by Diana Jean Schemo
As various education debates rage, schooling in the tools of democracy is not part of the national discussion.

Also featured this week:

Data viz tools show increasing big bank share over time
Original Reporting, by Mike Alberti
Remapping Debate translates 18 years of FDIC data into interactive form; top 5 banks viewable within and across sectors.

Economists, real estate agents divided over impact of foreclosure delays
Story Repair, by Diana Jean Schemo
With greater scrutiny of bank conduct slowing the foreclosure process, economists and real estate agents divided sharply over the impact of those delays on the housing recovery. They also were split over the economic consequences for the real estate market if banks were to make greater use of loan modification programs, as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and some economists have proposed.

Street view: what's missing from press coverage?
Original Reporting, by Mike Alberti and Adam Kroopnick
Remapping Debate recently visited Union Square Park in New York to sample what some people had to say about the state of press coverage today.

Who needs to reassure whom?
Commentary, by Craig Gurian
Markets are seeking "reassurance" all the time. The author wonders when markets are going to offer him some reassurance.

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