The Sacramento Bee has launched a project to review what we cover and why.

When is it relevant to publish personal details of someone’s life? How does that relevance change if someone is part of a political family?

Even when The Sacramento Bee published only a newspaper aimed at a broad readership, some readers bought us because they were passionate about one subject and not much else.

The call for more open state government is heartening given The Bee’s battle for information about the bridge construction.

Newspaper reporters assigned to cover state capitols have dropped by more than a third in the last 11 years, yet still account for 38 percent of statehouse reporters.

The Bee’s journalism interns reflect modern-day news consumption – they are choosing to read what they want, when they want it and how they want it.

Watchdog journalism is perhaps the single greatest service journalists can provide their communities. Even in small newsrooms, even as the news business is changing, many journalists continue to watch the powerful.

If no one can afford records, public access is a fiction.

Cultural change comes slowly, but it can be fueled by frank conversation and shared understanding.

A Q&A with reporter Ryan Lillis about his approach to the new column.

The Bee introduces maps, traffic cams and text alerts providing real time information for the Fix50 reconstruction of Highway 50.

Disaster news spreads quickly as people talk to loved ones, call or text, post to Facebook or elsewhere.

Even as today’s technological advances make greater transparency a public expectation, decisions like this one make it easier to use that technology to keep secrets.

Viewed from afar the job of a reporter looks fascinating, but it can be a daily grind.

We’ve changed our news products because of the addiction to mobile devices.

For those who want stronger accountability and public transparency for law enforcement officers involved in shootings, there is work to be done in California.

A gruff Sacramento Bee city editor was getting an earful from an angry reader on the telephone a decade or so ago, getting more agitated as he tried to get a word in edgewise. I was walking by the local news desk as the conversation wound up, and I could hear his frustration as he kept trying to interject.

The Bee invites teachers and parents in a “crowdsourcing” experiment to collect more information to track and map classroom temperatures.

Watchdog journalism takes an active citizenry. It takes people who strive to make a difference, who have high standards, who live their personal values.

McClatchy Newspapers and 37 other news organizations sent a letter to the White House press secretary requesting full press access to White House events.

The Bee’s new system of commenting will include about 500 subscribers with plans to gradually expand.

How much should The Bee focus on a crime suspect or that person’s family when we respond to major breaking news stories?

On Oct. 14 The Bee will temporarily drop commenting from, encouraging readers to give us feedback about commenting while we finish the work to change our commenting system. Our new approach will use sign-in through a variety of social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and others. This approach will use the real names and personal descriptions of social media accounts to identify those commenting at sacbee instead of the current approach allowing widespread anonymity. The goal? More civil and constructive comments and less disruptive behavior.

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