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Black Hawk Up

David Ignatius’s Helicopter Journalism

What a delight it must be to be a columnist for a major American newspaper. When traveling to distant, war-torn... More

Howard Kurtz, Missing in Action

Fox vs. the White House: Where’s Howie?

Howard Kurtz scored a coup on his CNN show “Reliable Sources” two Sundays ago when White House communications director Anita... More

Iraq’s Missing Iraqis

A good book’s great flaw

David Finkel’s book The Good Soldiers, about the experiences of a US Army battalion during the surge in Iraq, is... More

The Most Misreported Country

And the winner is…

Which country is most routinely miscovered in the U.S. press? There are clearly many candidates, but for me one stands... More

Eyes Wide Shut on Iran

Familiar sources sing a tired song

Listening to the CBS Evening News on Friday, I was roused from the slumber that program so often induces by... More

Katie and Diane: The Wrong Questions

Why can’t the print press treat TV news as news?

Michael Massing’s voice has long been part of the Columbia Journalism Review in print. He is a columnist, a former... More

Un-American

Have you listened to the right-wing media lately?

In the weeks following the election, the debate over the issue of media bias, and of whether the press was... 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


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.