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Must-reads of the week

Podcasts meet investigative journalism in Reveal, The New York Times reshuffles its editorial meetings, and Bill O’Reilly plays to his bellicose strengths

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


Behind the News

Why llamas took over the news cycle

“When the audience is talking about a certain topic or covering a certain topic that you aren’t, you have to be a part of that conversation or you aren’t part of the news”

On Thursday, when two escaped llamas in Arizona captivated the internet, the Associated Press was ready. "Two quick-footed llamas dashed... More


The Delacorte Lectures

Jake Silverstein, editor of The New York Times Magazine

Streamed live on Feb. 26, 2015--Jake Silverstein speaks with Victor Navasky. To view this video on mobile phones, click here. More


Behind the News

Victor Pickard on native ads and the new journalism economy

A Q&A with the scholar

Victor Pickard celebrated the Federal Communication Commission's vote Thursday to regulate the internet as a public utility at an internet... More


United States Project

How one town’s government brought the local paper back to life

A year later, the Fitchburg Star gets ready to stand on its own—and cover an election

Around this time last year, a practically defunct newspaper in a suburb of Madison, WI, embarked on an experiment: With... More

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Washington Post staffer leaves for Starbucks-backed media startup

Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s longform storytelling venture is backed by the coffee giant

The Washington Post’s Rajiv Chandrasekaran is the latest legacy media star to strike out on his own in the... More


Behind the News

How journalists should reframe the encryption debate

Privacy concerns need to be addressed

Digital encryption may seem like a niche topic to be the center of an international debate. Yet in recent months,... More

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Reality Check

Showdown over the future of independent documentaries at PBS

Proposal to move POV and Independent Lens to secondary station puts PBS and WNET in a bind

POV executive producer Simon Kilmurry, filmmaker Dawn Porter and WNET VP for programming Stephen Segaller at PBS' New York... More


The Second Opinion

The LA Times goes deep on superbug outbreak

Strong reporting spurs FDA response. But there’s more to do on the patient safety beat.

Go beyond finger-pointing and look for systemic failures. This advice to journalists on the patient safety beat, from health policy... More


Behind the News

The Olympics and press freedom

Journalists can face restrictions while covering the games

In 2001, the last time Beijing was competing to host the Olympic Games, Chinese officials made many promises, including a... More


The Observatory

Why scientists often hate records requests

The shadow side of sunlight laws

A mammoth open records request by an anti-GMO nonprofit is making headlines this month for the sheer breadth of its... More


United States Project

Why Jan Brewer is sounding like James Risen

Arizona’s former governor is claiming First Amendment protections, and she may have a point

My law school mentor used to joke that the First Amendment has protected a bunch of unsavory characters: separatists, chauvinists,... More

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Behind the News

Why Bill O’Reilly can play hardball on his war zone story

The media controversy is one that plays to his and Fox News’ inherent strengths.

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly continued a boisterous defense this week against charges originally leveled by a Mother Jones... More


United States Project

How limited access to state officials hurts reporting in Missouri

Veteran journalists say things have changed for the worse under Gov. Jay Nixon

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS -- To hear Phill Brooks tell it, statehouse reporters in Missouri used to have serious access.  Brooks,... More


United States Project

Chicago’s council races are becoming a better story

That’s good news for reporters—though concerns persist about patchwork coverage

CHICAGO, IL — A Trekkie, a salsa dancer, a member of the 16-inch Softball Hall of Fame, even a man... More


Behind the News

Reveal and the new push for podcasts

A new direction for investigative reporting

Two years ago, John Barth met Joaquin Alvarado, the CEO of the Center for Investigative Reporting, for martinis at the... More


Behind the News

Will the new Page One meetings finally make the Times digital first?

Nothing else has worked so far

Last Thursday, New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet announced a radical change: The Gray Lady's twice-daily Page One meetings... More


Language Corner

Why we ‘stave off’ colds

It all started with wine

"I'm trying to stave off a cold," a friend said. Another responded, "Wine will work for that." Neither probably realized... More


Behind the News

Why journalists are struggling to cover Libya

It’s too dangerous to report regularly from inside the country

The crisis in Libya seized world media attention again this month after self-declared Islamic State militants released a video showing... More

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The Kicker

Must-reads of the week

Native ads, feelings journalism, and a new New Republic

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


Full-Court Press

Reporters rely on anonymous sources in heightened NBA coverage

Rumors fuel fans before the trading deadline

Thursday at 3pm marked the NBA trade deadline, teams' last chance to make major roster upgrades before the playoffs. Reporters... More

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Behind the News

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content

Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news

In his editor's letter this week announcing a redesigned New York Times Magazine, one with much more digital content... More


United States Project

Dan Gilbert stories disappear with no explanation to readers

They’re back online today, but it was a bad move by these alt-weeklies

DETROIT, MI — Last fall, Detroit’s Metro Times and Cleveland’s Scene, alt-weeklies owned by Euclid Media, each published big, ambitious... More

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news

The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”


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.