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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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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

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