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Pyramid Schemes

Newspapers should feel free to go long

We are, as a culture, growing ever more informal with each other. Traditional social hierarchies are compressing, and one effect... More

The Nation—Now with a Low, Low Introductory Rate!

To be clear, this is not from The Onion: (via Kevin Drum) Update: Thanks to Scott Klein, currently of ProPublica... More

A Heartbreaking Quirk of Staggering Genius

If you haven't already, I highly recommend checking out the A.V. Club's interview with McSweeney's founder/Panorama instigator/slow-word mover/all-around logophile Dave... More

Hey, I-Reporters—Get Your Props (And Also: Your $20,000)

The application deadline for the Nieman Foundation's Worth Bingham Prize for investigative journalism is this Friday, January 8. More

Ecstasy: In Tablet Form Since ‘94

As tech bloggers, media-watchers, and pretty much all the remaining members of the journalism profession rumor-monger and wax enthusiastic about... More

Yemen 101

"Face it," Ken Silverstein begins, "until recently many of you didn’t know for sure if Yemen was a country or... More

“Don’t Make Me Pull over This Commenting Platform”

The Pantagraph, local paper of Bloomington and nearby central Illinois towns, has turned off the commenting feature on its site's... More

Fox to History: ‘Get Me Rewrite’

Here is a declaration made by a panelist during the most recent episode of Fox News Watch--the media-criticism show that... More

Don’t Be Shy about the Lip Gloss, and Other Tips for Kevin Drum

So Kevin Drum, Mother Jones uber-blogger, is soon to make his television debut. And he is seeking advice before his... More

$0.0089 a Word

The HuffPo payment model--bloggers-blog-for-free--is one thing. This is quite another: (h/t Craig Silverman) More

Editor, Publisher, and Webmaster

So your 125-year-old media-industry magazine suddenly folds. Do you: A. Start a blog. B. Blog about starting a blog. C.... More

Best of 2009: Megan Garber

Garber picks her top stories from 2009

1) Common Knowledge Part of the first unit in CJR's Press Forward series of future-of-news dialogues, this essay explores the... More

Rebel with a Cause

Molly Ivins in high definition

Molly Ivins: A Rebel Life | By Bill Minutaglio and W. Michael Smith | PublicAffairs | 360 pages, $26.95 On... More

Irony du Jour

Without further comment, check out the name of the latest publication to make an impassioned and apparently earnest attempted takedown... More

“Obama Overexposed?”: Upon Us Yet Again

Carr puts a new spin on the old question

Three words sum up, I think, the current state of our generally scenic but sometimes arid Media Landscape—three words manage... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

The worst journalism of 2014 - A recap of the year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

Why the media don’t get Detroit—and why it matters - Coverage of declining cities is too often simplistic and lacking historical context

21st-century censorship - Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media

Jesse Brown punctures Canada’s media bubble - The independent journalist uses his website and podcast to break stories that might otherwise go unpublished


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

Bloggingheads

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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