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News Literacy

What does it mean to be news literate and who gets to decide?

By focusing on it as a measurable skill, the need to create one definition is temporarily avoidable

The goal of news literacy is, broadly put, to teach people how to consume news critically so they know when... 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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Magazine: Feature

Ferguson before #Ferguson

Behind every Michael Brown is a story of structural racism waiting to be told

The idea was to have difficult conversations. It was 2011, and I had sold my bosses at WYPR, Baltimore's... More

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Magazine: Feature

When scams make headlines

What should news outlets do when it becomes clear they’ve treated scams as legitimate stories?

On September 15, 2011, executives of Arevenca, an Aruba-based oil company, and Avic Xac, a Chinese state aircraft company, signed... More

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Magazine: Editorial

Who cares who’s a journalist?

Setting boundaries in the messy world of content marketing

By next year, Coca-Cola hopes to have killed the press release. It believes the corporate website is dead, and... More

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Magazine: Currents

Letters to the editor

Readers weigh in on the September/October issue

For the love of science The title of Andrew's FB page ("I Fucking Love Science") and growing online empire is... More

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Magazine: On the Job

Embedding with a homeless family

Joe Amon of The Denver Post talks about his experience

Every morning, Peggy Monroe scours the skin of her six children for bedbugs. When she finds one, she pinches... More

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Magazine: Currents

Mana Neyestani reflects in ‘An Iranian Metamorphosis’

The political cartoonist details his struggles in graphic-novel memoir

In the tradition of comic-book artists, Mana Neyestani signs the inside cover of An Iranian Metamorphosis not just with... More

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Magazine: Review

War and conspiracy

Molly Guptill Manning and Kati Marton’s latest books reviewed

When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II By Molly Guptill Manning Houghton Mifflin... More

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Magazine: Review

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president

‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

What makes the president tick is the question that preoccupies every White House correspondent. What makes this president tick has... More

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Magazine: Currents

Who’s hosted Meet the Press?

Meet some anchors who sat in the iconic desk

In September, Chuck Todd became the 12th full-time moderator of NBC's Meet the Press, the longest-running show on network TV.... More

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The Second Opinion

6 ways reporters can cover Obamacare open enrollment

Journalists need to make sure people understand how to use the law and to point out where it falls short

As we head into the second Obamacare open enrollment season, the media have a chance to redeem themselves from last... More

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Magazine: Q and A

What’s next for David Plotz?

The former editor of Slate charts a new path

In July, David Plotz announced that he would be ending his six-year tenure as editor of Slate. Plotz, who... More

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Magazine: Feature

Is Ari Melber the future of cable-news anchors?

The MSNBC rising star is a lawyer-turned-journalist who wants to solve problems, not shout about them

On a Wednesday afternoon in late July, during his regular show on MSNBC, Ari Melber gestured across the table... More

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Magazine: Feature

How the Israeli-Palestinian conflict affected journalists

Last summer’s Gaza war pushed reporters to their mental and physical limits

Tyler Hicks, a photojournalist for The New York Times, was sitting in his hotel room in Gaza last summer... More

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Magazine: Reports

The case for Huffington Post’s crowdfunded reporting job

Let the people pay

When the Huffington Post announced it would crowdfund a one-year reporting fellowship to cover the aftermath of teenager Michael Brown's... More

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Magazine: Currents

‘Working’ people have an audience

Breaking down jobs stories

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Studs Terkel's groundbreaking book, Working: People Talk About What They Do All... More

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Magazine: Currents

Story stats

Hard numbers behind the news

$135 Hourly rate Ferguson, MO, officials charge journalists who seek access to public records related to the Michael Brown shooting... More

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Magazine: Darts and Laurels

Lousy judgment, unlikely hero

Darts for Columbia Daily Tribune, The Economist, and SportsCenter with laurels for TMZ and The New York Times

A DART to the Columbia Daily Tribune for running a cartoon of Ferguson protesters holding signs with statements such as,... More

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Magazine: Language Corner

The history of ‘wrestle’

Getting to the root of the word

The football player "wrestled" the ball away from an opponent and scored a touchdown. Shareholders "wrestled" control of a company... More

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The Audit

The news business should refuse Facebook’s deal

The lure of online ad revenue isn’t worth surrendering news judgment to Zuckerberg’s algorithm

Facebook wants publishers to become its junior partners, embedding their news and content into Facebook itself (at least on mobile)... More

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The Observatory

BP’s aggressive PR strategy obfuscates facts

The company’s flack blurs lines between journalism and company mission

.@MorrellGeoff's piece in @Politico is no different than any other op-ed by any other company in any other publication— State... More

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Magazine: Cover Story

Should journalism worry about content marketing?

Corporate brands now compete for audience with an aggressive storytelling strategy

At a glance, the Daily Growl could be any morning news meeting held in the "win the internet through... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


John Oliver video sweepstakes (The Awl)

“We may update this list next week to reflect Facebook shares gathered by The Awl as the result of this post, which is ultimately an elaborate excuse to embed a John Oliver video on our website”

Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

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.