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Behind the News

Is ISIS a faith-based terrorist group?

Journalists and scholars disagree about how much Islam, rather than politics and power, drives Muslim extremists

The idea that the press has not done a good job of explaining the role of religion in Islamic extremism... More

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News Literacy

How to teach news literacy when the government is watching

The news literacy movement reaches Vietnam, but not without difficulties

Two years ago, Vietnamese journalist and lecturer Huyen Nguyen went with some colleagues to a news literacy workshop in neighboring... More

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Behind the News

Is the US ‘going to war’ against ISIS? The answer matters

A war of words between the Obama administration and the press

The media didn’t buy the terminology President Barack Obama was selling Wednesday night, when he outlined a “comprehensive and... More

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Behind the News

Stories I’d like to see

Just how strange is Governor Andrew Cuomo?

1. What's the matter with Andrew Cuomo? By now I assume New Yorker editor David Remnick has assigned someone to... More

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United States Project

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists

Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

Fair warning, all ye who interfere with newsgathering: The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is getting ready to... More

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Language Corner

A fancy word for ‘custom’

Bespoken for

An article labeled as news fawned last week over the new Jaguar XE, which was introduced in London in a... More

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United States Project

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal

The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS — “Had the World-Herald not broken the story, nothing would have happened.” So said Nebraska state Sen.... More

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Behind the News

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules

Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

From Ukraine to Syria to Gaza, a relentless summer of international strife is raising the stakes for the United Nations... More

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The Kicker

Must-reads of the week

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

Will Politico fill a media void in Europe?

A look at how a pan-European outlet might fit into the continent’s news landscape, as Politico branches out

As of Tuesday, it’s official: Following some early predictions, Politico is launching a European edition, a 50-50 joint venture with one of Europe’s... More

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Data Points

Visualizing the Ebola outbreak

Despite setbacks, The Ebola Report and Frontline use numbers to put the disease into perspective

In August when the recent Ebola outbreak was still in its infancy, we briefly looked at how news organizations successfully... More

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United States Project

Texas reporters fight for access, public records

New strategies for legal battles may be necessary to reflect the changing media landscape

AUSTIN, TX — Over the summer months, Texas became a hothouse of media access issues surrounding some high profile stories—from... More

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Behind the News

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods

Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

Last week the Daily Beast trolled the entire internet with an article claiming, absurdly, that "the Upper East Side is... More

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Behind the News

After James Foley: News leaders divided on how to handle kidnapped reporters

Split on full display at Columbia Journalism School panel discussion

The murders of James Foley and Steven Sotloff ignited fierce debate over how to react when a reporter is kidnapped.... More

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United States Project

Columbus Dispatch lets down readers by unpublishing story

The paper should have offered a clearer explanation—and it should set clear standards

DETROIT, MI — Each day, editors across the country make choices about what news is “fit to print.” But what... More

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Behind the News

Why hiring Benny Johnson is a smart play for National Review

The serial plagiarist could help the rightwing magazine go viral in a crowded conservative market

It comes as no surprise that National Review hired Benny Johnson, BuzzFeed’s former viral politics editor who was fired in... More

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The Kicker

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading

Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands

Facebook announced recently that it would be cracking down on teaser headlines crafted to lure readers into clicking on weak... More

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Behind the News

What embedding the Ray Rice video reveals about news judgment

Some media outlets run graphic images of domestic violence

That there is no Golden Rule guiding editors who must decide whether to publish graphic images has never been more... More

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Behind the News

Stories I’d like to see

How much money is raised and spent in fighting cancer?

1. Cancer money: The Stand Up to Cancer telethon -- simulcast Friday night on all four major broadcast networks and... More

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The Audit

Audit Interview: Carol J. Loomis

The Fortune legend talks about 60 years in business journalism

Carol J. Loomis, who retired in July after 60 years at Fortune, where she became, indisputably, a giant of business... More

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The Audit

Paywall pioneer Press+ merges with Piano Media

A European investment fund purchases the company for an undisclosed sum

European investment fund 3TS Capital Partners is buying American paywall pioneer Press+ for an undisclosed sum and will merge it... More

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Language Corner

How to properly use [sic]

Hint: Not often

Twitter, Facebook, email, and the like are great reporting tools, allowing reporters access to more sources, wider reporting, and more... More

The Tea Party is timeless - Richard Hofstadter’s Anti-Intellectualism In American Life reviewed

How misinformation goes viral: a Truthy story - Conservative media’s reaction to an Indiana University project shows how shoddy information can quickly become an online narrative

Do you know Elise Andrew? - The creator of the Facebook page “I fucking love science” is journalism’s first self-made brand

Goodbye and good luck to all of us - Dean Starkman on leaving CJR

When quitting goes viral - Thanks to social media, resignations get a global audience


This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Awareness, #Awareness, and Ray Rice (The Classical)

The coverage of Ray Rice’s punch is not translating into offering information on domestic violence

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.