11/19/2010 08:18 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

"Dollars for Docs" Public Service Media From ProPublica

Hey, the folks at ProPublica do true public service media, funded philanthropically and according to a strict code of ethics. The code is a really big deal; to me, it's a commitment to traditional journalism values like fact checking and the separation of reporting and advertising. (Yes, I'm no journalist, but this I get.)

This morning ProPublica has the latest installment of their "Dollars for Docs"coverage.

This story indicates that ProPublica is again having an impact: drug companies are re-considering their policies about screening doctors before paying them to hawk prescriptions.

This latest effort is being undertaken with five partners, four of them new to ProPublica: