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Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books about the run-up to World War II and the media’s coverage of John McCain

Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, The End of Civilization By Nicholson Baker Simon & Schuster 576 pages,... More

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books about the Pulitzers, early African American journalism, and the relationship between advertisers and consumers

Pulitzer’s Gold: Behind the Prize for Public Service Journalism By Roy J. Harris Jr. University of Missouri Press 473 pages,... More

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books about Tarbell’s muckraking, the cost of war, and that headless body in a topless bar

Taking on the Trust: The Epic Battle of Ida Tarbell and John D. Rockefeller By Steve Weinberg W. W. Norton... More

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books: Woodward and Bernstein, the U.S. record on torture, and media populism

Woodward and Bernstein: Life in the Shadow of Watergate By Alicia C. Shepard John Wiley & Sons 288 pages, $24.95... More

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books: the AP, the I. Lewis Libby trial, White House communications, and abuses of civil liberties

Breaking News: How the Associated Press Has Covered War, Peace, and Everything Else By Reporters of the Associated Press, with... More

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books about political power and the press, the changing role of the editorial, selling anxiety to women, and bearing witness to a changing century

When the Press Fails: Political Power and the News Media from Iraq to Katrina By W. Lance Bennett, Regina G.... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.