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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

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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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.