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United States Project

The biggest threat to press rights may be a failure to understand them

Jeff Hermes of the Media Law and Resource Center discusses the legal needs of a new generation of news organizations

It’s a cliché to say so, but we’re at a moment of transition for American journalism. The digital disruption that... More

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Behind the News

James Risen on secret sources, joining Twitter, and going undercover

The New York Times reporter and author discusses his new book, Pay Any Price

For more than seven years, James Risen has been locked in a legal battle with the US Justice Department,... More

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United States Project

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation

“Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

CHICAGO — It would be hard to overstate the sense of shock and dismay among journalists here, a day after Dave... More

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United States Project

Top journalist quits the Sun-Times: Paper ‘no longer has the backs of reporters like me’

Dave McKinney says “a breach in the wall exists” as he steps down amid Rauner controversy

CHICAGO — Dave McKinney, Springfield bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times, rocked the political and media world here yesterday—not by... More

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Behind the News

How do we know what we know about #Gamergate?

The media has flocked to cover a largely anonymous movement that has no clear aims, leaders, or organization

Gamergate is “a heated debate over journalistic integrity, the definition of video games and the identity of those who play... More

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News Literacy

What’s happening in Hong Kong?

The difficult task of verifying news amidst censorship and social media

"What kind of Communists are these people?!" exclaimed Jon Stewart on the October 6 episode of The Daily Show, pointing... More

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Behind the News

Ben Bradlee, through the years

Must-read flashpoints in the life of the Washington Post editor

Ben Bradlee had, by all accounts, an eventful life at the helm of The Washington Post, and as a result... More

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Behind the News

4 lessons on how Americans consume political news

Pew report shows how polarization affects media choice and trust

The political information reaching voters becomes all the more important as midterm elections loom. At the same time, news organizations... More

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Behind the News

A different take on Syria

Jihad Yazigi discusses why The Syria Report sticks to covering the economy

In weekly dispatches, readers of The Syria Report have been tracking the implosion of the war-torn country by the numbers:... More

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Behind the News

How xenophobia is driving the Ebola narrative

If illness is a metaphor, what does Ebola mean?

A recent Newsweek cover story showed a photograph of a gorilla accompanied by an inaccurate headline that contaminated bushmeat could... More

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United States Project

The California Sunday Magazine sets out to win the West

Out-of-the-box distribution, all-of-the-above revenue, and a West Coast storytelling sensibility

After many months of eager anticipation in media circles, The California Sunday Magazine launched Oct. 5 with a print run of... More

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The Observatory

Why media probably shouldn’t name Ebola victims

Ebola’s made its American sufferers famous—but what do we gain with personal details?

By the time the video of Nina Pham was released last week, most Americans were likely familiar with her name--and... More

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Language Corner

How common descriptors fall out of favor

The ‘skunking’ of ‘Oriental’

Once upon a time, as far back as 40 years or so, language pedants would not use "hopefully" to mean... More

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Full-Court Press

We Need to Talk is part of the solution

A new CBS show is breaking barriers for women in sports media

To say that We Need To Talk, CBS Sports Network's new show with a cast of all women, picked a... More

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The Audit

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell

It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

The Guardian happened upon a huge story while discussing a journalism partnership with Whisper, whose social media app promises anonymity... More

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The Audit

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity

Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

In a piece late last month, Washington Post columnist Steven Pearlstein criticized Adam Feuerstein, a reporter at TheStreet, for his... More

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The Kicker

Must-reads of the week

Newspapers prefer lesbians, a new era of TV-watching begins, and the media changes course on Ebola in America

Culled from CJR’s own stories, plus the frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best... More

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Behind the News

Stories I’d like to see

Hospital turns to PR to fight Ebola

This New York Times story on Thursday outlines the damage done to the reputation of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in... More

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United States Project

Why some newspapers are abandoning endorsements (Updated)

Editors see a risk to credibility, and search for different ways to foster debate

DETROIT, MI — The newspaper endorsement: It’s a hardy trademark of election season, a platform for editorial boards to dispense... More

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Behind the News

Alex Blumberg’s Startup finds new opportunities in podcast advertising

Advertisers and podcasters may want to tune in as the producer tests potential of experimental advertising

When I meet radio producer Alex Blumberg, he is wearing the tennis shoes that his wife made him change out... More

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The Kicker

Stop trolling your readers

We know you’re only doing it for clicks

The newest trend in headlines is flat-out trolling readers. For awhile, the "curiosity gap" was the headline style of... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

I’m a black journalist quitting media because I’m sick of racism (TNR)

“Among the challenges that make racism so difficult to fix, and so odiously constant, is that white people often don’t even recognize when they’re saying or doing something that cuts their black colleagues to the bone”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.