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Exit interview

Nicholas Lemann ends a decade as dean of the Columbia University Journalism School

Nicholas Lemann, dean of the Columbia Journalism School, has decided to head back to the classroom after 10 years... More

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Exit Interview: CUNY J-School loses its Shepard

Founding dean returns to the classroom

Steve Shepard has long been one of the wisest, most reasonable men in the Fourth Estate. So it is bittersweet... More

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My space

Internet visionary Esther Dyson is ready for liftoff

Esther Dyson always figured she would ride a rocket one day. As the daughter of renowned physicist Freeman Dyson,... More

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Huey, Luce, and the news

John Huey takes a Time Inc. out

At year-end, Time Inc. editor in chief John Huey quietly announced plans to head to a fellowship at Harvard... More

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Questionable taste

Ricky Gervais describes the pleasures and pitfalls of being interviewed

As his Golden Globes hosting gigs have shown, Ricky Gervais is not afraid to say what he thinks. So... More

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Celeb-O-Matic

Yes, it’s your handy map of access to the stars!

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The red-carpet treatment

Set the Wayback Machine to April 9, 1984. The stars are filing into the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles for the 56th Academy Awards . . .

In 1984, gaining access to the Oscars was pretty easy. Calling from Vanity Fair, where new immigrant Tina Brown had... More

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Avoiding pilot error

By tracking its users’ intent to watch fall shows, TVGuide.com handicaps the new TV season

Television viewers are all over the place these days, tuning in via computers, tablets, and phones, at odd times, and... More

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‘How to Get On With Your Life’

Kate White talks life after Cosmo

It takes guts to quit a job running the world’s best-selling women’s magazine. But Kate White has long embodied... More

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Editor in Chief’s Note

CJR’s business crew unveil The Best Business Writing 2012

What is Hugh Grant—yes, that Hugh Grant—doing in a book called The Best Business Writing 2012? Turns out the actor’s... More

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The sixth W

Who, what, when, where, why—and women. A bow to those who helped close the media gender gap, and a cheer for leaders of the future

On the high wire Lynn Povich was named the first female senior editor of Newsweek in 1975. Here she... More

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The Nora Ephron problem

The writer’s passing leaves big shoes to fill, but she inspired plenty of women to fill them

Before she felt bad about her neck, Nora Ephron felt bad about her breasts. When she was a 19-year-old virgin,... More

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Aggregated assault

Whose work is it, anyway? A plea for standards.

“There’s nothing new under the sun.” Thus spake my high-school teacher, then nearing retirement, and if I remembered nothing... More

Editor in Chief’s Note

CJR’s 50th birthday party continues

Perhaps the best thing about turning 50 is that people tend to toss you more than one party. Christie Hefner,... More

A Brief History of Hyperlocals

Smells like town spirit

This article ran in CJR's March/April 2012 edition as a sidebar to Sean Roach's cover story on the Patch hyperlocal... More

Editor in Chief’s Note

Congrats and goodbye to deputy editor Clint Hendler, and a call for photos of journalists on the job

Although ’tis the season to look ahead, it’s time to say thank you to someone whose name is disappearing from... 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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