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The reporter who saw it coming

Mike Hudson thought he was merely exposing injustice, but he also was unearthing the roots of a global financial meltdown

Mike Hudson began reporting on the subprime mortgage business in the early 1990s when it was still a marginal,... More

The reporter who saw it coming

Mike Hudson thought he was merely exposing injustice, but he also was unearthing the roots of a global financial meltdown

Mike Hudson began reporting on the subprime mortgage business in the early 1990s when it was still a marginal,... More

The Value of Prizes

I watched the Pulitzer announcements for the first time this afternoon, just upstairs in the World Room—and, well, it’s a... More

What McClure Said: “The Story is the Thing”

Clearing space for the agenda-setting narrative in digital journalism

Editor's note: CJR’s Dean Starkman was invited to give the opening keynote speech at this year’s Narrative Arc Conference, at... More

A Narrowed Gaze

How the business press forgot the rest of us

Steve Lipin didn’t fit the profile of a transformative media figure when he took over the mergers-and-acquisitions beat for... More

Best of 2011: Dean Starkman

The Audit’s head honcho picks his top CJR stories from the past year

Confidence Game: The limited vision of the news gurus: The landmark 8,000-word essay that upended the future-of-news debate. The Hole... More

The Hole In FON Theory

Continuing the discussion about the future of news with Clay Shirky

I thank Clay Shirky and other posters for their responses to “Confidence Game: the limited vision of the news... More

It’s About the Stories

A response to Emily Bell

I thank Emily for her critique of "Confidence Game." Alysia Santo is pulling together other responses, and I’ll get... More

Confidence Game

The limited vision of the news gurus

“The question that mass amateurization poses to traditional media is ‘What happens when the costs of reproduction and distribution go... More

Best Business Writing, 2012: Send Us Your Favorites

Hey, Internet: A team at the Columbia Journalism Review—yours truly, Dean Starkman, Ryan Chittum, Martha Hamilton, ex-of the WaPo and... More

A Heavy Blow to The Wall Street Journal

An editor’s departure is a big deal

Anyone who thinks the departure of Alix M. Freedman, the WSJ’s Page One editor, a twenty-seven-year Journal mainstay, and winner... More

No, Actually, News of the World Won’t Happen Here

In a recent spasm of radio and TV interviews about #hackgate the last couple weeks, everyone wanted to know whether... More

The Audit on NPR

Talking about Murdochs, News Corp., NotW, etc.

I'm on "On Point" with Tom Ashbrook on NPR's Boston affiliate, WBUR, talking Murdoch and News Corp., with Sarah... More

The News Corp. Scandal is a Triumph for Investigative Reporting

Expensive, time-consuming, risky, stressful—and indispensable

It got pretty lonely.... --Ian Katz, deputy editor of the Guardian on the News of the World Story CJR's... More

Chaos at Dow Jones is the Bancrofts’ Legacy

"I want you to do what's best for the company. Don’t you and the boys worry about dividends." —Jane... More

The Mirror’s Dodgy “9/11 Hacking” Story

A piece that triggers an FBI probe reports no actual hacking and its information is third-hand

In response to calls from Congress, the FBI has opened an investigation into whether News Corp. journalists hacked the... More

Forget Regulating the Press. Enforce the Law.

As Reuters has it: "The basic test of a decent police force is that it catches more criminals than... More

News Corp.: Barometer Rising

“Some of the activity clearly was illegal.”

Ryan Chittum already said Nick Davies and the Guardian have pulled off one of the greatest newspaper investigations of... More

Bad Parent

Reading The Wall Street Journal’s hamstrung coverage of its owner, News Corp.

It's been hard to watch The Wall Street Journal, still the global business-news leader, struggling with both hands tied behind... More

Accountability, News Corp. Style

Those with responsibility escape it

Behold, editors and reporters at The Wall Street Journal, the Times of London, Fox News, and, for that matter, the... 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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