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Human terrain

After Paula Loyd was murdered in a bazaar near Kandahar, journalist Vanessa Gezari uncovered a story that embodies the tragic arc of US involvement in Afghanistan

Vanessa Gezari's new book, The Tender Soldier, tells the story of the Human Terrain System, a controversial effort by... More

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Q&A: Steve Coll on the WaPo purchase

The new dean of Columbia’s Journalism School worked at the Washington Post for two decades

Steve Coll, the new dean of Columbia's Journalism School, spent 20 years as a reporter and editor at The Washington... More

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Class warriors

Creators of the late Center for Working-Class Studies at Youngstown State University discuss class in America

In 1996, Sherry Linkon and John Russo led the effort to create the Center for Working-Class Studies at Youngstown... More

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You’ve got shale!

Brian Cohen and the Marcellus Shale Documentary Project

The story of Janet McIntyre, the woman in the photo above, embodies many of the reasons why Brian Cohen... More

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Must-reads of 2012: food

Have your cake and read it too

As 2012 draws to a close, CJR writers brainstormed the year's best reads in their beats. The history of chicken... More

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Have at it

Can’t draw? No problem

For years, Nik Kowsar managed to stay out of jail while building a reputation as Iran’s most infamous political... More

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Homicide Watch revs back up

Kickstarter cash in hand, the site will restart this fall as a student-reporting project

College students who want to learn crime reporting, 21st-century style, from two pioneers of the genre should get their résumés... More

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Murder Inc.

A crime-news website tells the story of every DC homicide

Laura Norton Amico spent the summer trying to find a newsroom in Washington, DC, to take over Homicide Watch,... More

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Required skimming: food politics and policy

If you believe you are what you eat, you’ll want to read these

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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Required skimming: sports

The Olympics pass through periodically, but obsessive sports coverage is forever

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers' beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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Heresy on the bayou (updated)

Times-Picayune drops its restaurant critic

More than the news that it would no longer publish every day; more than the rumor that those left in... More

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Who you calling ‘working-class’?

Some things for the political press to think about as it covers Campaign 2012

Attention all political reporters and editors. If you don’t know about the Center for Working-Class Studies at Youngstown State, in... More

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Thank you, Mr. Trillin …

for bringing some wit to the otherwise witless NYT Magazine’s ethics-of-eating-meat essay contest

Easily the smartest thing connected with The New York Times Magazine’s tedious essay contest on the ethics of eating meat... More

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NYT’s hockey series gets Dart Award

Will it help to change the game?

The NYT’s series on the life and death of hockey enforcer Derek Boogaard won a Dart Award last night (WNYC’s... More

Acronyms You Should Know

FERN: The Food & Environment Reporting Network

Even as interest in all things food-related skyrockets, space devoted to serious food issues continues to lose out to... More

Sustained Outrage

Ken Ward Jr. stayed home to make a difference

Since he began reporting full-time, in 1991, Ken Ward Jr. has embodied the credo of Ned Chilton III, The... More

Darts and Laurels

An exercise in humility: fifty years of journalism’s lesser angels

An accounting of fifty years’ worth of Darts is hardly a balm for an industry careening through a wrenching transition.... More

Damning With Absurd Praise

Check out the comments in Adweek by Gannett’s new chief marketing officer about the company’s flagship newspaper, USA Today. Maryam... More

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Real journalism is too boring for the movies

In an early scene of the 1948 film Call Northside 777, Jimmy Stewart, who plays a reporter at the Chicago... More

Q & A: CJR Cover Artist Tomer Hanuka

We talk with the illustrator behind the May/June ‘10 cover image

Developing a cover illustration can be a simultaneously maddening and infinitely satisfying experience. You must divine the central idea of... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Bloggingheads

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

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