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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

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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Questions and exercises for journalism students.