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Cold comfort

How to dress for Arctic success

Back in the day, arctic explorers had it easy. In order to dress for expeditions, they simply approached Inuit hunters... More

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Staying alive

That’s the challenge for reporters covering the ultraviolent drug cartels in Mexico — but at least now they’re getting tips from their Colombian colleagues

The 20 Mexican journalists had flown to the border of Guatemala to discuss how to report on drug activities... More

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Fighting words

How war reporters can resist the loaded language of their beat

Last year, I visited Bogotá, Colombia, to teach a seminar on conflict reporting. Afterward, a soldier missing two legs and... More

Detained in Dagestan

How I got caught—and got out

Last September I went on assignment with a translator to Dagestan, a Russian republic on the Caspian Sea. Since we... More

Safety Tips for Covering Occupy Wall Street

And civil disorder in general

At least half a dozen journalists have been injured or detained while covering the growing unrest in the United States.... More

Bang Bang Off Target

Hollywood gets war reporters wrong again

The Bang Bang Club, written and directed by Steven Silver; starring Ryan Phillippe, Taylor Kitsch, Malin Akerman, Frank Rautenbach, and... More

Safety Tips for Female Correspondents

How to minimize the risk of sexual assault while on the job

The attack on Lara Logan of CBS was a worst-case scenario for many female reporters. Yet gropes and unwanted advances... More

Unspoken

Foreign correspondents and sexual abuse

This article originally ran in the May/June 2007 issue of CJR. The photographer was a seasoned operator in South Asia.... More

Top Gun

How the Kalashnikov conquered the world

The Gun | By C. J. Chivers | Simon & Schuster | 496 pages, $28 Oh, to imagine the world without... More

A Luddite’s Virtual Book Tour

Get on Facebook, make a video, e-blast everyone you know

Just before my latest book, Home Girl, came out in June 2008, the Random House promotion team invited me in... More

Unspoken

Foreign correspondents and sexual abuse

The photographer was a seasoned operator in South Asia. So when she set forth on an assignment in India, she... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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