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Magazine: Review

How to build an audience

We know what readers are doing on our sites. What we need to know is why.

The Marketplace of Attention: How Audiences Take Shape in a Digital Age By James G. Webster The MIT Press 280... More

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Magazine: Second Read

The Tea Party is timeless

Richard Hofstadter’s Anti-Intellectualism In American Life reviewed

For the ages For Hofstadter, pictured here in 1946, anti-intellectualism was an unavoidable part of a democratic society. (Erich... More

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Magazine: Cover Story

Do you know Elise Andrew?

The creator of the Facebook page “I f*cking love science” is journalism’s first self-made brand

In retrospect, I could easily have ignored the picture that appeared on my Facebook feed on a lazy Sunday... More

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Magazine: On the Job

Gun Crisis Reporting Project uncovers despair

The Philadelphia-based nonprofit provides a behind-the-scenes look at gun-assisted crime

It’s just before midnight on a warm summer monday when photographer Joe “Kaz” Kaczmarek gets word of a double... More

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Full-Court Press

What science can tell sportswriters about why we love sports

There’s something special about a winning team

Freaks! Studies show that self-esteem of sports fans, like these watching the World Cup final, is bound up in... More

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Magazine: Currents

When late-night went political

Could Stephen Colbert bring politics back to talk shows?

On location The Dick Cavett Show broadcasts from the Senate Watergate Committee hearing room on Aug. 1, 1973. (Daphne... More

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Magazine: Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Readers sound off on the new-look Washington Post, sports coverage, the trauma of covering Gaza, and more

Brick by Bezos Which Bezos? Commenting on your article about Jeff Bezos taking over The Washington Post (“Brick by brick,”... More

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Magazine: Feature

Can news literacy grow up?

After a decade, the movement tries to prove its worth

Pioneers Stony Brook's Howard Schneider, seen here with Christiane Amanpour, developed the first news-literacy course after realizing how confused... More

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Magazine: Q and A

Carol J. Loomis reflects on 60 years at Fortune

“It’s pretty amazing I’ve worked this long!”

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

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Magazine: Review

Lincoln teams up with journalists

Quick reviews of Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion and The New Censorship: Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom

Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public OpinionBy Harold HolzerSimon & Schuster768 pages; $35 The Lincoln... More

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Magazine: Review

Uncle Sam wants (to kill) you

A political screed misses the true threat to war correspondents

War Reporters Under Threat: The United States and Media Freedom I traveled to Iraq for the first time in... More

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Magazine: Review

Matt Bai seeks a larger truth

A new book examines how Gary Hart’s fall turned political reporters into character cops

All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went TabloidBy Matt BaiAlfred A. Knopf288 pagesHardcover; $26.95 att Bai’s elegant... More

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Magazine: Feature

Kyiv Post’s unlikely success

An editor from Minnesota and a Pakistani billionaire are riding the story of their lives as Ukraine unravels

Dose of reality When Zahoor fired Bonner, above, the newsroom went on strike and Zahoor was forced to rehire... More

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Magazine: Feature

Qaddafi couldn’t stop this reporter

Abdullah Aboathba risks his life to be a journalist in Libya

In January, Abdullah Ali Aboathba, a Libyan television journalist in the southwestern desert city of Sabha, heard from his... More

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Magazine: Feature

Bowe Bergdahl, Pat Tillman, and the media’s problem with simplifying soldiers

Why it’s problematic for the press to define heroes or traitors

Little girl Rambo Jessica Lynch told Congress, 'I am still confused as to why they chose to lie and... More

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Magazine: Feature

Can newsrooms boost traffic without spoiling their brand?

The search for a perfect contributor model

hey don’t make bylines like they used to. In July, I read a story on Forbes.com by someone named Rick... More

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The Observatory

Has climate change become a business story?

The cost of brushing science aside

Where it hurts Tidal surges from big, climate-change-driven storms are eroding valuable waterfront property in Miami Beach. (Seth Resnick... More

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Magazine: Currents

Meet the robots that factcheck

Are these companies making it easier to get the details right?

actchecking has been going out of style for years, as magazines and other publications embrace the feckless creed of modern... More

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Magazine: Currents

How robots consumed journalism

A look back in time reveals machines have long been after news jobs

1770sSwiss watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz builds “The Writer,” a 6,000-part automated doll that could be mechanically programmed to write with a... More

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Language Corner

Hyphen use disappearing

Is the web to blame for quick changes to language?

anguage evolution is happening right in plain sight. “Off-site” and “on-site” are in the process of becoming “offsite” and “onsite.”... More

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Darts and Laurels

Reporters rummage through Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

Poor judgment used when covering the tragedy in Ukraine, and the rest of our darts and laurels

DART to the ghoulish journalists who rummaged through the scattered belongings of people killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was... More

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Magazine: Currents

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

Need a lesson in copy editing? Look no further

(The Herald-Times, 6/12/14) (The Daily News, Newburyport, 7/3/14) More

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Magazine: Currents

Giving female journalists a voice in developing nations

Zubeida Mustafa helps illuminate the lives of women in Pakistan

lobal Voices: Truthdig Women Reporting, a collaboration between Truthdig and the International Women’s Media Foundation, launched in June with a... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

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

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

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.