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Vivian Schiller Resigns from NPR

Yesterday, CJR’s Joel Meares wrote about the latest in a long string of NPR dust-ups: a “sting” by conservative activist... More

City Pages Goes Behind the Scenes of Standardized Testing

Essay-scoring process found to be arbitrary and corruptible

The cover story for CJR’s March/April issue—“Tested,” by LynNell Hancock—explores the nationwide effort to “reform” education, and what happens when... More

Institutional Grants On the Rise; Crowdfunding, Not So Much

And other findings from a new Knight Foundation survey

Here at CJR, The News Frontier Database is our ongoing project to track and gather online news startups throughout the... More

The New Newsweek, She Has Arrived

The newly redesigned Newsweek hits the newsstands today, and The Society of Publication Designers has a first look at several... More

How Do You Define “Quality” Content?

A discussion at paidContent 2011

Perhaps it was the early hour—maybe the panelists hadn’t had their morning coffee yet—but the mood seemed subdued at the... More

N.C. Newspaper CEO Takes It Outside

From the Lake Norman Citizen out of Huntersville, North Carolina comes a gleeful item about the Citizen’s competition: “Herald Weekly... More

“Hyperlocal” is So 2010

When TBD announced massive layoffs last week, critics took the opportunity to declare that “hyperlocal” journalism would never pay. Meanwhile,... More

Then Why Aren’t Rachel Maddow’s Guests Going On Strike?

Arianna Huffington and Tim Armstrong respond to critics

Arianna Huffington and Tim Armstrong are still celebrating the merger deal between HuffPo and AOL—a deal that they hinted will... More

The Rumor Mill: AOL’s Politics Daily

When the news of AOL’s impending acquisition of The Huffington Post first broke, many wondered what it might mean for... More

Rocky Mountain News Staffers, Two Years Out

“The last two years have been a journey to reinvent myself.”

Sunday marked the second anniversary of the final edition of Colorado’s Pulitzer Prize winning Rocky Mountain News, which closed its... More

Q & A: Jim Brady on the Death of TBD

“It was never about us making an insane amount of money by doing hyperlocal.”

This week, the staff of TBD, Allbritton’s local website in Washington, D.C., learned that the site would undergo massive layoffs,... More

“Find Me The Oldest Dog”

The Daily’s editor in chief wants his newsroom to start producing some news, please. In a memo leaked to New... More

“Information Wars” on Al Jazeera English

An all-star panel discusses social media and political revolution

On Friday morning, the television in the CJR office was tuned to CNN—and our laptops were tuned to Al Jazeera... More

AOL Settled with Unpaid “Volunteers” for $15 Million

Why the HuffPost bloggers won’t be so lucky, and why that matters

When AOL acquired The Huffington Post for $315 million this week, we at CJR wondered, among other things, whether the... More

Testing the Limits of Crowdsourcing

An experiment in automated reporting opens up the debate

When ProPublica launched its Recovery Tracker project—a massive, searchable consolidation of government data on stimulus funding in the U.S.—it got... More

Parsing the AOL/HuffPo Merger

What everyone gets out of the deal, and what to look for next

After Sunday night’s announcement that AOL is buying The Huffington Post for $315 million and giving Arianna Huffington editorial control... More

Salon and Slate in the Way-Back Machine

What The Daily can learn from an earlier “digital renaissance”

CJR has been accused of crankiness for our early critique of Rupert Murdoch’s new iPad newspaper, The Daily. The Poynter... More

The Daily Drops

A first look at the first issue

When Rupert Murdoch first announced his plans to launch an iPad-only national daily news publication, we all wondered: Can it... More

An Internet Censorship Workaround

A brief explainer on Tor, and how you can help

Last week we learned that Egypt only has four major ISPs, making it relatively easy for the government to shut... More

Reporting a Revolution in Cairo

A Q&A with Chris Stanton of The National

Chris Stanton, a New Jersey native who has worked for several years for The National, an English-language newspaper in Abu... 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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