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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

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

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

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

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.