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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

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


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

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!

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