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The Authentic Mexican Cookoff

Gustavo Arellano, Rick Bayless, and the media’s quest for purity in ethnic cuisine

Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America | By Gustavo Arellano | Scribner | 320 pages, $25.00 Recently popularized as... More

Saturation Point

A plethora of news outlets doesn’t mean deeper coverage

Consider the situation in many local news markets—some coverage from a newspaper, some from television, maybe one online outlet making... More

What Can I Build Today?

Online startups can win the future by staying in the present

There are hundreds of local and regional online news startups in America, but only about five that media observers discuss... More

Failures of Vision

Errol Morris interrogates photography’s place in the public imagination

Believing is Seeing: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography | by Errol Morris | The Penguin Press | 336 pages,... More

News Frontier

The power of one

Entry barriers are low in the online news world. Cheap hosting and free templates have launched a million blogs, including... More

Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)

What happened to TV news?

The marketing team behind Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), a biopic of Edward R. Murrow set largely amid the... More

Q&A: Sebastian Junger on Tim Hetherington

“The ultimate truth about war is that you are guaranteed to lose your brothers.”

It’s not often that one sees characters from a film gather to mourn a filmmaker. On May 24, soldiers from... More

All Politics is Local

Highlights from CJR.org’s News Frontier Database

One of the most important questions facing the news industry in its search to sustain journalism online is how the... More

Superman

The Man of Steel has better things to do than be a reporter

When watching Superman (1978), I was reminded of the David Carradine rant from the end of Kill Bill: Vol. 2,... More

New Media Goes Door to Door in the Deep South

After a year and a half, Birmingham news site Weld is cleared for launch

I first encountered Weld in September 2010, and it remains the only site I’m aware of that was given an... More

Q&A: Calvin Trillin

“I think journalists make a mistake writing about more than one person at a time”

Trillin on Texas | by Calvin Trillin | University of Texas Press | 184 pages, $22.00 Last month, long-time New... More

Narrative Found

This Land Press closes investment deal; will become Oklahoma’s first (or at least strongest) new media company

Earlier this month, This Land Press published the latest installment in its ongoing coverage of Bradley Manning, the army private... More

Surface Routines

How we read on the Web

Overload—the amount people feel compelled to know combined with the volume of information they have to sift through in order... More

Newspapers’ Sad Sisters

On the (empty) floor at NEXPO

NEXPO, still the largest newspaper equipment trade show of the year, kicked off Saturday at D.C.’s massive Washington Convention Center.... More

Errol Morris on Abu Ghraib

An interview with the filmmaker

Errol Morris is widely considered to be one of the best American filmmakers, a reputation that is especially impressive considering... More

Recovering Reality: Errol Morris on Abu Ghraib

A video Q&A with the filmmaker

Errol Morris is widely considered to be one of the best American filmmakers, a reputation that is especially impressive considering... More

Hillary Clinton is not the underdog…

A clarification of terms.

WaPo, Newsweek’s Stumper blog, Politico, and several others use headlines today rechristening former favorite Hillary Clinton as the new “underdog”... More

Mitt Romney, Mormon

Did you know they wear magical underwear?

Earlier this week, Marc Ambinder predicted in the Atlantic that one of the “cons” of Mitt Romney’s “Faith in America”... More

To Bomb or Not to Bomb?

A weak poll gets significant airing

A recent Zogby poll has lit up the blogosphere for several days now with its claim that a majority of... More

Hamas’s Musical Weapon

A one, and a two, and…

Journalists take note: sometimes it takes a sense of humor as dark as only the British can muster to break... More

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


The shirt on your back

How did the clothes you’re wearing get to you? We trace the human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry in video, words and pictures

Anxious royalist

Fantastic letter in The Times

Coming out as a porn star

How do you tell your family and friends?

The truth about Google X

A look behind the secretive lab’s closed doors

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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