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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

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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