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How journalists helped stabilize a new Colombia

Overcoming mountains and militias

BOGOTA, Colombia—Here are two headlines from two decades apart: A headline 20 years ago in the Milwaukee Journal—Who’s in charge:... More

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The tenuous claim of Israeli ‘pinkwashing’

The charge that a culture of tolerance works as a PR superweapon seems bogus

JERUSALEM—Let’s dispense with the charge of “pinkwashing” that has been leveled against Israel. The word has come to stand for... More

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The pen and the pump

Why are nations that rely on selling resources so often free-speech poor?

Doha, Qatar—The rent goes up, the democracy goes down, or so they say. This small Arab Gulf nation is what... More

On the Media silent on NPR retraction

The show should address This American Life’s disavowal of its Mike Daisey story

I rarely miss an episode of NPR’s On the Media, which is essential listening for information on media trends and... More

Loneliness at the Foreign ‘Bureau’

News organizations exaggerate the size of their overseas newsrooms

The Washington Post has 16 foreign “bureaus,” and 12 of them consist of just a single reporter, according to the... More

Which Countries Jail the Most Journalists Per Capita?

Taking the CPJ data one step further

At the end of each year, the Committee to Protect Journalists counts the number of journalists imprisoned worldwide and lists... More

Denying Death

Most people ignore genocide denial. Growing numbers of governments do not

While I’ve argued in this column that free speech in the world is trending toward expansion, a position I still... More

News Organizations That Haven’t Learned To Share

The seams in certain outlets’ social sharing strategies

The Economist does not let users of its free app share news items via e-mail, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or anything... More

Story on Tiny Country A Giant Failure

60 Minutes whiffs on recent story about Qatar

A recent 60 Minutes segment on the nation of Qatar was the most imprecise piece of journalism I can remember... More

Why Aren’t More Arab Americans Working in Mainstream Journalism?

Group remains underrepresented in US newsrooms

There are anywhere between 3.5 and 5.1 million Americans of Arab descent, according to figures from the Arab American Institute,... More

Twifficult

Tweeting the change you wish to see is easy. Global attention is as elusive as ever

I was alone on a drive from Maine to Massachusetts in early December when a crazy idea hit me. Listening... More

A Presidential Debate Abroad?

An argument for holding a foreign policy debate in a foreign country

Every fourth fall, more Americans watch presidential debates than just about any other live event in the US but the... More

Hell Yes to Hell No

New book flags ways US targets dissent

Hell No: Your Right to Dissent in 21st-Century America | By Michael Ratner & Margaret Ratner Kunstler | The New... More

How Do Journos Find Time to Fight Corrections?

Instead of arguing over factual errors, fix them and move on

On November 8, I received a call in my office from a frustrated online editor at The Bangor Daily News,... More

Speech in Israel Is Not Free

There’s more to democracy than just holding regular elections

Both Israeli and US policymakers are fond of calling Israel and the United States likeminded democracies. “America has no better... 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


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”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

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.