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Pulitzer’s Magazine?

Our founder reflects on CJR’s roots

Here is the best and here is the worst story of the day. . . . Here is the wrong of the day; here... More

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books on newspaper publishers

The Magnificent Medills: The McCormick-Patterson Dynasty: America’s Royal Family of Journalism During a Century of Turbulent Splendor By Megan McKinney... More

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books on journalists William L. Shirer and E.J. Edwards, plus the documentary Page One

The Long Night: William L. Shirer and The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by Steve Wick | Palgrave... More

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of new books about war correspondents Roi Ottley and Byron Darnton

Roi Ottley’s World War II: The Lost Diary of an African American Journalist | Edited with an introduction by Mark... More

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of a new history of NPR, Denys Wortman’s cartoons, and Laurie Hertzel’s memoir

This Is NPR: The First Forty Years by Cokie Roberts and others | Chronicle Books | 271 pages, $29.95 This... More

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books on Garry Wills and the decline of The New York Times

Outside Looking In: Adventures of an Observer | By Garry Wills | Viking | 195 pages, $25.95 This is a... More

Al Balk, 1969—1973

CJR’s second editor

Alfred Balk, the second editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, died in November at the age of eighty. Al, like... More

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Short reviews of books about copyright law, political scandals, and Gay Talese’s sports writing

Common as Air: Revolution, Art, and Ownership | By Lewis Hyde | Farrar, Straus and Giroux | 306 pages, $26... More

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Short reviews of a history of wartime public opinion and a biography of Time publisher Henry Luce

Selling War in a Media Age: The Presidency and Public Opinion in the American Century | Edited by Kenneth Osgood... More

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of a classic novel about journalism and a biography of a pioneering female reporter

A Modern Instance | By William Dean Howells | J. R. Osgood and Company | 514 pages, available online for free... More

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Short reviews of books about misreported stories, the Killing Fields, and the press vs. secrets

Getting It Wrong: Ten of the Greatest Misreported Stories in American Journalism | By W. Joseph Campbell | University of... More

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Short reviews of books about the future of journalism and a career at the Times

The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution That Will Begin the World Again By Robert W. McChesney... More

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Short reviews of books about familial discoveries and coverage of Hillary Clinton

Enemies of the People: My Family’s Journey to America By Kati Marton Simon & Schuster 272 pages, $26 For Kati... More

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Short reviews of books on foreign reporting and journalists who risked it all

Journalism’s Roving Eye: A History of American Foreign Reporting By John Maxwell Hamilton Louisiana State University Press 655 pages, $45... More

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Short reviews of books on the Irish Revolution and animal rights crusaders

The News From Ireland: Foreign Correspondents and The Irish Revolution By Maurice Walsh I.B. Tauris 258 pages, £20 At the... More

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books on campaign bloggers, tabloids, and a collection of Henry Fairlie’s essays

Bloggers on the Bus: How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press By Eric Boehlert Free Press 280 pages, $26... More

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Short reviews of books about William Randolph Hearst and the Arkansas Gazette

The Uncrowned King: The Sensational Rise of William Randolph Hearst | By Kenneth Whyte | Counterpoint | 546 pages, $30... More

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books about Fred Friendly and America’s early newspapermen

Friendlyvision: Fred Friendly and the Rise and Fall of Television Journalism | By Ralph Engelman, Foreword by Morley Safer |... More

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books about art on the New York Times’s Op-Ed page, the short life of The Chicagoan, and hoaxes in the news.

All the Art That’s Fit to Print (And Some That Wasn’t): Inside The New York Times Op-Ed Page By Jerelle... More

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books about public confession and John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.

The Art of the Public Grovel: Sexual Sin and Public Confession in America By Susan Wise Bauer Princeton University Press... More

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news


The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”

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.