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The Observatory

Walking the public opinion tightrope

Early reception of a celebrity-packed Showtime documentary demonstrates the difficulty of engaging audiences on climate change

The first episode of Years of Living Dangerously, Showtime's mammoth documentary series on climate change that premiered Sunday night, is... More

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The Kicker

Huffington: ‘Virality has become fetishized’

HuffPost’s founder spoke about her site’s direction—and her newest book—at Tufts University on Wednesday

The Huffington Post's South Korean edition--the site's 11th international incarnation--launched in February with a reporting focus on burnout and technology... More

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The Audit

In defense of ‘Dasani’

The NYT series transcends the Pulitzers and the second-guessing

Columbia's Bill Grueskin tries to explain why the Pulitzer board dismissed The New York Times's "Invisible Child" series about Dasani... More

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United States Project

What law did the Toledo Blade break? The Army won’t say

But we’ve got a guess—and the paper’s lawsuit could present the first challenge to the statute

After military police detained two journalists last month outside a military manufacturing plant, an Army spokesman said the journalists had... More

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Behind the News

Another Pulitzer for reporting classified info

The prize’s board has “rewarded” coverage of leaked material before

The Pulitzer committee's decision to give its public service award this year to the Washington Post and the Guardian for... More

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The Kicker

3 signs you’re in a bad relationship with your editor

What happens if, somewhere between first draft and publication, the editor-writer relationship goes south?

Just like any successful romance, a good editorial relationship starts with two people, a mutual attraction, and the hope that... More

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Behind the News

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers?

5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

On Monday afternoon, the Pulitzer board awarded the local news reporting prize to an impressive, powerfully written series of stories... More

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The Second Opinion

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution does the Medicaid story we’ve been looking for

Taking a close look at what life is like in the “coverage gap”

Not long ago, we faulted press coverage of the Medicaid expansion debate for overlooking the personal experiences and struggles of... More

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The Audit

USA Today’s third-rate clickbait

Trolling for pageviews à la Business Insider, but without the panache

What happens when America's Newspaper tries to go Business Insider? Something like this: That's the America's Markets section of USA... More

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Behind the News

Stories I’d like to see

Sealing deadly court files, and Obama and his Cabinet

This column, a regular feature, was originally published on Reuters.com. 1. Sealing deadly court files: In the wake of continuing... More

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Language Corner

Pretentious, or quaint?

Amongst, amidst, whilst

The headline on a recent article in a Tennessee newspaper said the local teachers were "among best-paid" in the state.... More

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Behind the News

IBT Media is allegedly breaking labor law

Newsweek’s parent company only pays employees once a month despite laws mandating twice monthly, according to multiple former and current staffers

IBT Media, the parent company of International Business Times and Newsweek, has been violating New York labor law for years... More

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The Kicker

2014 Pulitzer Prizes announced

Guardian and WaPo win for public service

This year's Pulitzer Prizes were announced at 3pm on Monday at Columbia University, the final prizes overseen by outgoing administrator... More

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#Realtalk

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits

A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Even casual consumers of media news have heard of Ezra Klein and Nate Silver, two names that are now synonymous... More

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Behind the News

The enduring pull of mag covers

Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

In some ways, the Julia Louis-Dreyfus Rolling Stone cover is a sign of how far we've come: A 53-year-old woman... More

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The Kicker

Must-reads of the week

Heartbleed bugs and wonk bubbles

Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

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The Second Opinion

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop

Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

Earlier this week, David Espo of The Associated Press broke the news that an unlikely alliance of Democrats and Republicans... More

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The Kicker

OnEarth eliminates print

The science mag’s editors say sticking to digital will allow them to devote more resources to environmental journalism

Back in February we praised OnEarth, the editorial arm of the Natural Resources Defense Council, for using its website to... More

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The Audit

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers (UPDATED)

The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies

Having accurately predicted that Lachlan Murdoch would return to his dad's company, Michael Wolff, in his exhilaration, made this crack... More

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United States Project

A small paper scores an open-records win in a recovering city

The Joplin Globe’s court victory forces an investigation’s findings public before local election

KANSAS CITY -- Voters in Joplin, MO, the small Midwestern city still recovering from a 2011 tornado, went to the... More

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The Second Opinion

The promise and peril of new Medicare data

Newly-released Medicare payment data offer key clues to how physicians practice, get paid—if reporters proceed carefully

Yesterday's release by the Department of Health & Human Services of Medicare physician payment and service data--for decades out of... More

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The Audit

The press and the tech bubble

How the groundwork might be laid for another Big One

Here's a headline you don't like to see if you're worried about a possible social-media/tech bubble: Slate wrote this toward... More

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The Audit

Audit Notes: CNN, SEC scorched, how we read now

CNN is launching a show built for Twitter called Your 15 Second Morning, The Wall Street Journal reports. Fifteen seconds!... More

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


The shirt on your back

How did the clothes you’re wearing get to you? We trace the human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry in video, words and pictures

Anxious royalist

Fantastic letter in The Times

Coming out as a porn star

How do you tell your family and friends?

The truth about Google X

A look behind the secretive lab’s closed doors

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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.