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Home truths

For the essayist Albert Murray, the South was a state of mind

Editor's note: Essayist, critic, and novelist Albert Murray died on Sunday at his home in Harlem. He was 97. Earlier... More

The Art of Listening

Pete Hamill chats about the joys of A.J. Liebling

With his phenomenal ear and rococo prose--not to mention the sort of wit that can still leave a reader helpless... More

High and Outside

The author of Generation Kill chronicles the lost tribes of America

Evan Wright won himself a mass audience with Generation Kill (2004), which expanded on the Iraqi reportage he had done... More

MySpace Odyssey

The rise of a social-networking leviathan—and its uncertain future

With its eye-popping graphics and teen-friendly vibe, MySpace was hardly the first site to capitalize on the Web's potential for... More

Sticks and Stones

David Denby goes toe-to-toe with the scourge of snark

Sly, snotty, and often irresistible, snark has been flourishing in the petri dish of the American media for decades now.... More

He Likes Ike?

Robert Scheer looks left, right, and center

In many ways, Robert Scheer’s career encapsulates the long march of progressive journalism in postwar America. After an early stint... More

What Happened With What Happened

Peter Osnos on the McClellan book and its raging critics

Although Scott McClellan is hardly the first Bush Administration insider to write a book about his travails, What Happened: Inside... 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


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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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.