Saturday, September 20, 2014. Last Update: Fri 4:26 PM EST

Author Archive

Articles by Lauren Kirchner | Email the Author

The Great Comment Challenge

Knight-Mozilla’s initiative to reinvent online news discussions

It’s easy to complain about the comment sections of news websites. It’s harder to improve them. They’re as problematic as... More

Q&A: Sam Apple of The Faster Times, on Alternative Revenue Sources

“Journalism hasn’t ever directly supported itself.”

Last week, CJR released a new report by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Tow Center for... More

Before the Web, There Was the Storefront

A post by Chris Marstall today on The Boston Globe website pulls out some great photos from the Globe’s archives... More

Q&A: John Temple of Honolulu Civil Beat, on Doing More with Less

“We’re much more nimble, much more able to change course.”

Last week, CJR released a new report by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Tow Center for... More

Q&A: David Plotz, Editor of Slate, on Aggregation

“It was never simply an act of summarizing.”

Last week, CJR released a new report by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Tow Center for... More

Q&A: Douglas Arthur on Paywalls

“People spend hundreds of dollars on Amazon without thinking twice about it.”

Last week, CJR released a new report by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Tow Center for... More

Q&A: Evan Ratliff of The Atavist

“I don’t really care whether attention spans are getting shorter.”

Last week, CJR released a new report by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Tow Center for... More

Q&A: Andrea Miller of YourTango

“Gaming mechanics will become the next interesting frenzy around media.”

As a supplement Chapter Three of “The Story So Far: What we know about the business of journalism,” released this... More

Q&A: Walker Evans of Columbus Underground

“We try to shape our editorial calendar around our audience”

This week, CJR released a new report by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Tow Center for... More

“The Story So Far” Panel with Ken Auletta

Ken Auletta introduced Tuesday night’s panel discussion at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism by saying “We’re going to... More

Q&A: Bill Grueskin and Lucas Graves on the Changing Business of News

“Philanthropic or government support can’t fund journalism in the way that we’re used to.”

This week, CJR released a new report by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Tow Center for... More

A Tight Deadline, 4,000 Words, Then Ten Years of Waiting

A Q&A with Kate Zernike, Osama bin Laden’s obituarist for the NYT

When the news of Osama bin Laden’s death broke on Sunday night, every night editor’s dream—or nightmare—came true at The... More

NYT Interactive Graph Plots Readers’ Feelings About Bin Laden

Much like New York magazine’s “Approval Matrix,” which plots pop culture happenings on matrices of “highbrow” to “low” and “brilliant”... More

Osama bin Laden, 54, Public Enemy No. 1

A review of the obits

Osama bin Laden was the world’s most powerful terrorist. He was also, undeniably, the most famous. And as befits any... More

Sunday Night Screenshots

How the news websites did bin Laden

This Monday morning, the headlines practically wrote themselves, and there was no question about which story would get top billing.... More

“The Guy Who Liveblogged the Osama Raid Without Knowing It”

This may be the strangest way to become Twitter-famous. Sohaib Athar, a computer programmer living in Pakistan, live-tweeted the US... More

Trillin on Texas and The New Yorker: A CJR Podcast

In CJR's latest podcast, staff writer Michael Meyer sits down with author and Nation columnist Calvin Trillin about his new... More

Journalism Festival on Small Outlets with Big Impact

The fifth annual International Journalism Festival continued on Friday in Perugia, Italy, and CJR’s managing web editor Justin Peters is,... More

Journalism Festival Addresses Paywalls and Engagement

This week, Perugia, Italy hosts the fifth annual International Journalism Festival, a free, week-long gathering of writers, editors, hackers, academics,... More

Anatomy of a Journalist

Janet Malcolm dissects a murder trial, and her own profession

Iphigenia in Forest Hills: Anatomy of a Murder Trial | by Janet Malcolm | Yale University Press | 168 pages,... 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


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!

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

  • If you like the magazine, get the rest of the year for just $19.95 (6 issues in all).
  • If not, simply write cancel on the bill and return it. You will owe nothing.

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.