Thursday, September 18, 2014. Last Update: Thu 3:07 PM EST

Author Archive

Articles by Michael Meyer | Email the Author

AP05102105799.jpg

Who is Fred Ryan?

Bezos’s choice for Washington Post publisher is notable for what he can bring to the paper, and also what he cannot

On October 1, Politico co-founder and former Reagan administration official Frederick Ryan, Jr. will take over as publisher of The... More

wapo-sale.jpg

Brick by brick

After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination

Andrew B. Myers In April, six months after her family sold the newspaper it had controlled for eight decades... More

VoiceSanDiegomembers.jpg

Part of the club

Voice of San Diego’s membership model has once again earned the organization a place in the national spotlight. If the model succeeds in San Diego, can it succeed elsewhere?

All join in In return for their membership in Voice of San Diego, local residents are invited to attend... More

meyer-bridge.jpg

The 10th anniversary of a photo that changed the Iraq War

An image from Fallujah and its consequences

Khalid Mohammed, a photographer for the Associated Press, took a picture 10 years ago of two charred American bodies... More

meyer1stack.jpg

The reasons Oscar should be horrified by
The Act of Killing

Are the same reasons it deserves to win best documentary

The Act of Killing, which tells the story of the mass killings in Indonesia in the mid 1960s from the... More

morozov-lanier.jpeg

Evgeny vs. the internet

Evgeny Morozov wants to convince us that digital technology can’t save the world, and he’s willing to burn every bridge from Cambridge to Silicon Valley to do it

Depending on whom you ask, Evgeny Morozov is either the most astute, feared, loathed, or useless writer about digital... More

meyer1stack.jpg

False fronts

The Act of Killing shatters Indonesia’s sense of itself

In the early hours of October 1, 1965, a group of junior officers in the Indonesian military assassinated six... More

wiredcity.jpg

News havens

Dan Kennedy shows why news startups matter

The New Haven Independent is almost surely the smallest news organization ever chronicled at book length. Founded in 2005 by... More

genachowski.jpg

Exit Interview - FCC ya later!

Julius Genachowski delivers his stump speech on four years at the FCC

Julius Genachowski's four years as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission had a little something for everyone. There was... More

hetherington.jpg

Remembering Tim Hetherington

Two years after his death, his legacy continues

Saturday marks the second anniversary of the deaths of the photojournalists Tim Hetheringon and Chris Hondros, friends and colleagues who... More

edshow.jpeg

Ed, out

Schultz’s working-man style was eclipsed by MSNBC’s wonky liberal brand

Last night, after getting the scoop of his life with an exclusive interview of the long-mysterious videographer behind the "47-percent"... More

meyertalkericon.jpg

Big talker

How a right-winger from Fargo became a star of the liberal airwaves

Among highly paid primetime cable hosts who commute weekly by private jet between rural Minnesota and Manhattan, Ed Schultz... More

meyericon.jpg

Unfinished business

A new biography of photojournalist Tim Hetherington reflects on a too-short career

In recent years, as the American public has grown exhausted by news of war, it has become ever more... More

mrmeyer.jpg

Must-reads of 2012: political corruption in out-of-the-way places

Crazy things happen in small places

As 2012 draws to a close, CJR writers brainstormed the year's best reads in their beats. Border town edges into... More

meyer.RatliffBryanticon.jpg

Going to great lengths

After two years as the hot new thing, the e-singles market is getting serious—and crowded

From the beginning, The Atavist was a small startup with a lot of big playmates. A pioneer in the... More

larrykramer.jpg

USA Today’s 30th birthday bash

The paper promises to reinvent the news businesses amid crab cakes and blue champagne

Thursday night, the Gannett Company gathered employees, friends, and family at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, to celebrate... More

AP02051605420 resize.jpg

CJR Audio: investing in local news startups

Talking shop with investor/ publishers Alice Rogoff (Alaska Dispatch) and Vincent LoVoi (This Land Press)

In most of the startup world, capital is everything. It costs money to build an institution and sustain its growth... More

iconmeyer.redhq.jpg

Made for you and me

In Tulsa, This Land Press is defying news-startup orthodoxy and betting that its community will pay for quality journalism — not eventually, but right now

Across the street from a Fastenal hardware store in the shadow of Tulsa’s aging art-deco skyline, the staff of... More

ohiomoneymoves.jpg

Required skimming: journalism business models

All the things I could do/If I had a little money

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

muckrack.web.png

Required skimming: media news aggregators not named Romenesko

(Only because everyone knows about him already)

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... 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


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

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

  • If you like the magazine, get the rest of the year for just $19.95 (6 issues in all).
  • If not, simply write cancel on the bill and return it. You will owe nothing.

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.