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  1. Feature


    November 30, 2008 09:00 AM

    In 2007, as part of the third round of strategic planning for its digital transformation, The Associated Press decided to do something a little different. It hired a research company called Context to conduct an in-depth study of young-adult... Continue reading

  2. Review

    Cowboys and Damsels

    November 29, 2007 09:00 AM

    Since September 12, 2001, the American media have churned out a remarkable body of work on our nation’s response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. The issue has been hashed out in newspapers and magazines, fiction and nonfiction books,... Continue reading

  3. Feature

    The Uncle Sam Solution

    September 27, 2007 09:00 AM

    This past spring, the Columbia Journalism Review convened a panel of top editors and a media investor to discuss the somewhat tiresome topic of the future of newspapers. The situation is undeniably bleak. One need merely consult Romenesko, the... Continue reading

  4. Behind the News

    Would I do this story?

    June 12, 2007 12:48 PM

    Toward the end of yesterday's "Morning Edition" on NPR, Renee Montagne introduced a segment called "Portrait of a Suicide Bomber." Though reporting on insurgents—or even "embedding" with them as in the case of Patrick Graham for his award-winning June 2004... Continue reading

  5. Feature

    The Shield Bearer

    May 10, 2007 01:02 PM

    Representative Mike Pence, a fourth-term Republican, delivers his speech with the cadence of a southern minister. “Over and over the media tells us America is tired of the war. Yes, America is tired. It’s tired of what we’re being... Continue reading

  6. Behind the News

    A New Shield Law in Washington State

    May 4, 2007 12:46 PM

    On April 28th, Governor Chris Gregoire of Washington State signed a media shield bill into law, making Washington the thirty-second state with a statutory protection for journalists’ confidential sources and the thirteenth state in which a journalist cannot be... Continue reading

  7. Feature

    Capturing Cuba

    March 1, 2007 08:30 AM

    I met Ann Louise Bardach at her house in Santa Barbara one afternoon in early January. I was running late because of traffic and just before I arrived, she called to inform me that I had missed something “very... Continue reading

  8. Behind the News

    Castro’s Commitment to Press Freedom is Honored … Seriously

    February 21, 2007 11:39 AM

    On February 10th, a Latin American NGO devoted to press freedom inexplicably awarded Cuban leader Fidel Castro a medal for his dedication to truth, his understanding of the importance of journalism's role in society, and his fight against falsehood,... Continue reading

  9. Feature

    Vanity Fire

    January 1, 2007 08:30 AM

    David Hirschman’s question for a 2004 Media Bistro article was the same one reporters had been asking Graydon Carter for more than a year: “Do you plan to keep Vanity Fair more political?” Hirschman was referring to the magazine... Continue reading

  10. The Audit

    Striking a Blow For Transparency

    September 25, 2006 11:22 AM

    After we published a column last week criticizing David Brooks and, to a lesser extent, Paul Krugman for the way they used numbers to explain income inequality, a small blogospheric firestorm erupted. The turmoil has died down, but in... Continue reading

  11. Politics

    A Breath of Fresh Air

    August 25, 2006 03:12 PM

    Slow news month or not, August has turned out to be an exciting time for the New York Times op-ed page. The often-tiresome, heavyweight opinion platform is enjoying some renewed vigor with guest columnist Tom Frank, author of What's the... Continue reading

  12. Politics

    The Daily News Takes on Lung Disease and 9/11

    August 22, 2006 02:12 PM

    As the five-year anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the city and the nation are gearing up to memorialize the tragedy. The New York Daily News, meanwhile, has begun a hard-hitting editorial campaign lambasting the city in full-throated tabloid style for its... Continue reading

  13. Behind the News

    Who’s Least Sincere - Politicians, Journalists, or Readers?

    August 9, 2006 01:07 PM

    On last weekend's Chris Matthews Show, New York Times columnist David Brooks made the following loose-lipped declaration: "One of the things I've found in life is that politicians are a lot more sincere than us journalists and we are more... Continue reading

  14. Bio

    Bree Nordenson

    Bree Nordenson a former assistant editor of CJR.

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