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Food Fighter

Grist’s Tom Philpott on why class needs to be a part of the food debate

In 2004, Tom Philpott quit his job as a financial journalist in New York City and moved with his girlfriend... More

A Compulsion To Know

CJR’s 2000 profile of Mike Allen

On the occasion of Mark Leibovich's New York Times Magazine profile of Politico's Mike Allen, CJR is happy to offer... More

Tunku’s Silly Lists

Tunku Varadarajan’s lists in The Daily Beast of the top twenty-five “most influential journalists” on the right and on the... More

Head Cases

An expanded version of CJR’s Jan/Feb 2010 interview with NYT reporter Alan Schwarz

In 2007 The New York Times hired Alan Schwarz largely on the basis of his initial freelance reporting for the... More

All Together Now (I)

Not long ago, Kevin Murphy was simply the president of the Berks County Community Foundation in Reading, Pennsylvania, a city... More

Take a Stand

How journalism can regain its relevance

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, as the press faced criticism for failing to use the catastrophe to initiate a... More

Fairness Doctrine, Anyone?

I realize it has been a long, long time since this mindset at our TV networks could reasonably be considered... More

A Story About Poor People!

Kudos to DeNeen Brown and The Washington Post for this piece in Monday's paper on the hidden costs of poverty.... More

L.A. Youth In Trouble

From the annals of worthy causes: the diminishing fortunes of the Los Angeles Times have hit L.A. Youth, a twenty-one-year-old... More

You Want Me To What?

Referee factual disputes? Ask questions and weigh evidence and try to determine whether the allegations are true or not? Why... More

Re-thinking Objectivity

In a world of spin, our awkward embrace of an ideal can make us passive recipients of the news

In his March 6 press conference, in which he laid out his reasons for the coming war, President Bush mentioned... More

Did Bill Cosby Beget Obama?

Well, it’s not quite that simple

On Saturday, The New York Times published a piece in its Arts section entitled “Before Obama, There Was Bill Cosby,”... More

Having It Both Ways

What Hugh Hewitt’s ‘interview’ with Sarah Palin says about journalism today

Chris Cillizza is a reporter who writes a blog about politics for The Washington Post, one of our nation’s best... More

Journalism And That Whole ‘Citizenship’ Thing

Teaching the next generation of news consumers how to discern quality news and information from the dreck and, more importantly,... More

Real Journalism

What a difference the DNA makes

Today’s front-page piece in The New York Times about Congressman Charlie Rangel’s rent-control boondoggle—he has four rent-controlled apartments in Manhattan,... More

Mort Rosenblum on Dispatches

New quarterly bucks industry trend, exudes smart idealism

During decades spent racing to cover struggle and strife around the world, Mort Rosenblum, a longtime AP correspondent, and Gary... More

Hey, It’s Just Like Blogging!

This piece from today’s New York Times Science section has “Most E-Mailed” written all over it. Imagine, your daily bread... More

Dave Marash: Why I Quit

The veteran newsman says Al Jazeera English’s mission changed

In February 2006, David Marash, a veteran correspondent (and substitute host) for ABC’s Nightline, raised eyebrows in the U.S.... More

Hurry Up, Spring Training

Cockfighting and dog shows fill the void?

At the risk of seeming to channel some inner Andy Rooney, I can't help but wonder why the front page... More

Spoiling for a Fight

NYT lets CNN off the hook in debate story

You can tell that the piece in today’s Business section of The New York Times, headlined “Even as the Candidates... 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


You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

In the digital sphere, ‘magazine’ = money (Digiday)

“A single page in a glossy magazine could be discounted by more than half its open rate and still get an effective CPM of about $70. Online display ad CPMs average under $3”

Bloggingheads

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

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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.