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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

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


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

Bloggingheads

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

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