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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

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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