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Cartooning for a Sustainable Future

Will editorial cartoonists find their (paid) place on the web?

Dan Perkins, better known as Tom Tomorrow, has been creating the popular This Modern World comic strip for over two... More

Drawing the News Ain’t Easy

Editorial cartoonists struggle for funds, but not eyeballs

When The New York Times sent an e-mail to editorial cartoonists on Monday announcing that “The Sunday Review section is... More

Rebecca MacKinnon discusses new book Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom

Rebecca MacKinnon, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, visited Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism on Wednesday to... More

Teaching Cyber-Security

Confidentiality promises often require technical skill

Since 2007, Steve Doig, an investigative journalist, has been giving a talk called “Spycraft: Keeping your sources private.” He’s presented... More

Tell Me a Secret

Soliciting leaks has its rewards, and challenges

When news website 100Reporters launched this past October, it had everything you’d expect from a promising journalistic startup: top journalists,... More

Spying on Journalists is Easy

Lax computer security creates easy targets

When promising anonymity, discreetly stashed notes and a tight lip are the precautions of journalism’s past. Reporters have gone to... More

Best of 2011: Alysia Santo

Santo picks her top CJR stories from the past year

Occupy Wall Street’s Media Team: I spent the day walking and talking with the bloggers, livestreamers, and tweeters in the... More

New Investment Company Buys Chicago Sun Times

A digitally focused company has purchased an old media standard. Sun-Times Media Holdings, owner of The Chicago Sun-Times and over... More

Calling Dr. Crowd

News outlets rely on the masses for public health stories

When we feel ourselves coming down with something, we look it up. If you type the words “I think I’m... More

Where’s the Party?

News startups bring their readers together offline

Burnt Orange Report, a popular political blog based in Austin, Texas, held its first Republican “debate watch party” in September... More

The Landman Cometh

Innovation Trail and other New York outlets help readers prepare for fracking prospectors

Knock, knock. Who’s there? It’s the “landman,” offering quick cash to extract natural gas on your property using a technique... More

Experiments in the Open Newsroom Concept

Swapping story scoops for reader input

OpenFile, a Canadian online-news organization, has modeled its editorial decisions around reader suggestions. The organization covers seven cities, from Halifax... More

Public Radio and the Freelance Journalist

Should the same code of ethics apply?

Caitlin Curran was a freelance web producer for WNYC/PRI’s radio show, The Takeaway, which has been covering the Occupy Wall... More

Debating Starkman’s “Confidence Game”

Rounding up responses

Dean Starkman’s critique of future-of-news gurus Jeff Jarvis, Clay Shirky, and Jay Rosen, among others, made a bit of splash,... More

Have You Seen Fido?

Community news sites reunite pets with their owners

When a pet runs away, it can be hard for a distraught owner to know what to do first. Do... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


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.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Tour guide wars at a Paris cemetery (WSJ)

“Because dead men tell no tales, visitors to Père Lachaise cemetery lend their ears to Bertrand Beyern”

Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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