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Who cares who’s a journalist?

Setting boundaries in the messy world of content marketing

By next year, Coca-Cola hopes to have killed the press release. It believes the corporate website is dead, and... More

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Newsrooms struggle with free-content strategy

How to bring the traffic without tarnishing the brand

Most of the media industry’s problems can be boiled down to simple math—or is it physics? Whichever it is,... More

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Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview?

Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

Let me just say this: If I ever get publicly bounced from a job, I am heading straight for Cosmopolitan... More

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Power shift

Journalists increasingly control decisions about what’s in the public interest

In the basement of The Guardian's London offices, under the watchful eye of British intelligence agents, the paper's staff... More

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Drones and the free press

Somehow, the FAA became an arbiter of the First Amendment

The next great revolution in journalism might just be found at the Amazon store. It is called a drone,... More

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Navigating the bedlam

CJR’s new way forward

It came as a jolt. After 25 years at The Washington Post, where I'd spent my early days as... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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.