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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

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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.