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Al Jazeera America: Think NPR with pictures (and a little baggage)

On week one, the network looked solid. Nothing to gasp at. But what constitutes success in the long run for AJAM?

Al Jazeera joined the American TV lineup last week with minimal damage to the republic. There was no sign of... More

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Inside the Indonesian Newsroom:
the good, the bad, the hopeful

A survey provides a new snapshot

Indonesia remains a nation in flux. So, too, its journalism. Fifteen years after the country's long-time strongman and president,... More

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Ask Romney This: What will you do about
the Middle East?

Vague slogans won’t do the job. What about specifics?

Over the final month of the campaign, CJR will run a series of posts under the headline “Ask Obama This”... More

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Journalistic firebombs in the Middle East

Is our job to inform or inflame?

The pen is mightier than the sword, but it is also far more lethal when manipulated irresponsibly. Consider Charb. There... More

Ira Glass’s Casablanca Moment with Mike Daisey

A classy confession doesn’t negate the crime

Over the weekend, as just about anyone with electricity knows by now, the public radio program This American Life fell... More

POWs, Dead Dictators, and Journalistic Ethics

Would any journalist have turned down the opportunity to interview Gilad Shalit?

The young Iranian prisoner was no more than fourteen, still caked with a thick layer of dust from the battlefield.... More

English Lesson

The moment has arrived for Al Jazeera English, except in the US

[This is a sidebar article to the May/June 2011 cover story, "Breathing Room: Toward a new Arab media," which you... More

Breathing Room

Toward a new Arab media

Before there was Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or even Al Jazeera, there was Hama, Syria. It was 1982 and an... More

Egypt’s Revolution through My Students’ Eyes

Arab reporters bear witness to Mubarak’s fall

“I was attacked today when I tried to protect some foreigners.” The Facebook message arrived in my inbox early afternoon... More

Indonesian Journalism: Lessons for the U.S.?

New survey takes the pulse of Indonesian media

American journalism is, as they say, “in transition.” But while the import of traditional values such as accuracy, balance, and... More

Arab Media Wars

Hamas, Fatah, and the Arab media world

ABU DHABI – Surf the blogs in the Arab world and you find a common theme: the Bush administration has... More

Borderless Journalism in Gaza

BBC, CNN-I, and Al Jazeera English offer nuanced coverage of Gaza war

CAIRO – In television terms, Gaza has been déjà vu all over again. U.S. television has been dominated by talking... More

Come On, Al Jazeera English

Election-night coverage another disappointment

There was something almost forlorn about Al Jazeera English’s coverage of the U.S. election Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. It... More

Egypt Shuts Down Insurgent TV, But Other U.S. Allies Keep It Live

Egypt this week pulled the plug on Al-Zawraa — but viewers who still want their fix of anti-American mayhem can continue to watch the channel’s offerings.

Egypt this week pulled the plug on Al-Zawraa, the controversial channel controlled by Iraq's Sunni insurgency, but it is still... More

Insurgent TV Coming to a Satellite Near You?

A controversial TV channel that is the voice of Iraq’s anti-American insurgents tries to open another front in the propaganda war against the U.S. — in the U.S.

A controversial TV channel that is the voice of Iraq's anti-American insurgents looks set to open another front in the... More

Will Al-Jazeera English Find Its Groove?

With its coverage of an assassination in Lebanon, Al-Jazeera English showed signs of finding its footing after an uncertain first week.

Bad news is often good news for journalists. Last week's assassination of Lebanese opposition leader Pierre Gemayel may have been... More

Look Who’s Fair And Balanced

On the news broadcasts of the Arab world’s dominant all-news channels this summer, polarizing language was rarely heard.

The summer of 2006 marked an important milestone for Arab media. Israel and Hezbollah were locked in a bitter conflict... More

The Fog of Cable

As the conflict between Israel and Lebanon plays out, U.S. cable television has given us coverage that has seemed as much a fantasy as Disneyland’s Space Mountain.

Napa Valley, Calif. -- As someone who lives and breathes Middle East politics and media, I have had the bizarre... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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