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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

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


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

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!

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.