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Behind the News

How media managers should share bad news

Communication is key during layoffs

Liz Spayd: It's hard to find a newsroom, with a few exceptions like maybe BuzzFeed, that don't have financial... More

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Behind the News

The end of Modern Farmer?

An award-winning magazine struggles to connect with readers

Modern Farmer, the stylish quarterly that tried to mix cosmopolitan glamour with a back-to-the-land ethos, is ceasing publication one month... More

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The Kicker

Must-reads of the week

Pro-regime propaganda in Egypt, conflicts of interest among TV doctors, and Fox News’ Megyn Kelly moment

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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United States Project

New law threatens reporter-source relationship

Pennsylvania’s “Silencing Act,” passed in latest Mumia backlash, faces court challenge from journalists

DETROIT, MI — Why should journalists care about a new Pennsylvania law that limits the speech of people convicted of... More

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The Second Opinion

Database may uncover conflicts of interest for TV doctors

Free lunches, paid speaking gigs & free drug samples are often not disclosed by media physicians

Last September, the federal government rolled out a website that offered a searchable database of the $3.5 billion in payments... More

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United States Project

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit

Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

When a newspaper requests information, there are plenty of ways government bodies can try to avoid releasing it. But the... More

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Behind the News

Pro-regime journalists are shaping public opinion in Egypt

The Egyptian press is made up in large part by those who are under the control of the authorities

One of Egypt's most visible journalists at the moment is Mona Iraqi, a television personality who claimed to have tipped... More

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Behind the News

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America

A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

When BBC Pop-Up journalists Matt Danzico and Benjamin Zand drove into Sioux Falls, S.D., they started hunting for stories... More

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Behind the News

What game design can do for journalism

Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

From left to right: Cherisse Datu, Kelli Dunlap, and Joyce Rice.   As journalism is increasingly experimenting with innovative... More

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Language Corner

Is it now-defunct or now defunct?

Examining whether or not you should use a hyphen for this journalism mannerism

The new general manager of the New York Jets "was a league scout in the American offices of the now-defunct... More

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The Second Opinion

The human costs of not expanding Medicaid

A New York Times column and a Guardian essay offer neglected perspective on dollar-sign objections to expansion

Eduardo Porter's New York Times column last Wednesday, "The Costs of Stinginess In Medicaid," is a provocative reminder there are... More

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Behind the News

Should journalists care about the State of the Union address?

The annual speech no longer packs a punch, and the media is starting to notice

The State of the Union is antique. That’s not what President Barack Obama will tell a joint session of... More

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Behind the News

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’

But chronology doesn’t reveal everything

On Timeline, a new made-for-mobile app, the news is told chronologically. An orangutan gaining legal rights in Argentina, for... More

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United States Project

Come write for us: CJR seeks Chicago correspondent for United States Project

Help critique and support local accountability journalism

The Columbia Journalism Review is seeking a Chicago-based correspondent to join its United States Project, which aims to support accountability... More

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United States Project

Why did CoOportunity fail?

The insurance co-op’s struggles raise questions about the efforts to foster competition

Just before Christmas, Iowa’s top insurance regulator announced he was taking control of CoOportunity Health, one of the 23 non-profit... More

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United States Project

Chicago Reader staff votes to unionize, seeking ‘stronger voice’ in outlet’s future

Alt-weekly is the third Windy City newsroom to join a union in the last 13 months

CHICAGO — Employees of the Chicago Reader, the city’s premier alt-weekly, voted unanimously Friday to join the Chicago Newspaper Guild,... More

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The Kicker

Must-reads of the week

Iran’s subtle censorship, what Genius means for music criticism, and the ritual anticipation of Fidel Castro death rumors.

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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United States Project

Preparing for Fidel Castro’s death

How Florida news organizations plan to cover the Cuban dictator’s passing

MIAMI -- Last week, the usual crew of friends from the Miami Herald, el Nuevo Herald, and various national and... More

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Behind the News

Why we’ll have to wait for CNN’s news drones

The news organization faces several hurdles before it can use the machines for broadcast

CNN’s research program for drone journalism has been cleared for takeoff, but don’t expect Anderson Cooper-narrated live aerial shots... More

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United States Project

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage

In the wake of an investigation, “we’re walking around with duct tape over our keyboards”

Things are not as they should be these days at The Virginian-Pilot, the largest newspaper in Virginia. In the fall,... More

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Behind the News

Genius and the splintering of arts journalism

For the future of music criticism, Sasha Frere-Jones’ new company cannot replace his old one

The announcement that Genius, the website best known for crowdsourced explanations of rap lyrics, bagged an A-list music critic was... More

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United States Project

How to fight restrictions on access to court cases

Judge’s order in Don Blankenship trial highlights a perennial press concern

Don Blankenship, the former CEO and chairman of Massey Energy, is accused of conspiring to violate various federal laws and... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

The worst journalism of 2014 - A recap of the year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

Why the media don’t get Detroit—and why it matters - Coverage of declining cities is too often simplistic and lacking historical context

21st-century censorship - Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media

Jesse Brown punctures Canada’s media bubble - The independent journalist uses his website and podcast to break stories that might otherwise go unpublished


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

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.