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In the name of the father

An editor who soared, then flew away

Here are some of the things and people that my father loved: Gregorian chant, Joe Louis, airplanes, the Detroit... More

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Greedy Geezers, redux

Trudy Lieberman on WBUR

Lately parts of the press have been helping spread the idea that the young and the old in America... More

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Marcus the unlucky

Good fortune followed by bad, and again

Scott Sherman, in "A Rocket's Trajectory," his fine profile of Marcus Brauchli in the September/October 2010 issue of CJR, noted... More

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Digital innovation on election night: a report

From CJR and Tow Center’s “meta newsroom”

About as digital as most Americans get on election night is to operate the channel clicker. But that is steadily... More

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Let Detroit do what?

New interest in an old Op-Ed

What is the most viewed story on The New York Times website right now? It's an Op-Ed piece from nearly... More

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Backstory: the reporter who interviewed Akin

The Jaco Report reconsiders the moment

As transitions go, it was pretty jagged, a classic of the “moving right along” category. Answering a question about abortion... More

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Setting a new Record

Martin Gottlieb returns to his roots

He traded Paris for Hackensack? Really? Well, not exactly. As global editions editor for The New York Times, Martin... More

Two cheers for the FCC

A vote to put political ad information online is a good start toward more transparency

Update, 6 p.m.: ProPublica's Justin Elliott reports that stations in the top 50 markets will have to start posting files... More

Dear John King

Some thoughts on debate questions

A day before the CNN Arizona Republican debate, moderator John King sits down to take your questions live. Send your... More

RIP: Jonathan “Jack” Idema, Media Con Man

In April 2004, a former U.S. Special Forces soldier named Jonathan Keith Idema started shopping a sizzling story to the... More

An Image Reconsidered

The story, "The Times and the Jews" in our January/February issue is a fascinating, nuanced, and important read. We’re proud... More

Executive Editor’s Note

Welcome Cyndi Stivers, our new editor in chief

This is the first issue of the Columbia Journalism Review’s second half century, and already you’ll find a significant change... More

Editor’s Note

This is a handsome issue, no? Two entities are responsible for that. The first is Point Five Design, our art... More

In Our Time

CJR’s editor takes stock

On my first day at the Columbia Journalism Review, the editors were reading page proofs for an upcoming issue, and... More

Editor’s Note

The best of “Second Read”; CJR’s new book

Two redesigns ago, in 2004, the Columbia Journalism Review launched a back-of-the-book feature called Second Read that has proved immensely... More

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CJR’s Joel Meares wins a Mirror Award; goodbye to our 2010-2011 fellows

Prizes—oh, how we love ‘em! CJR’s Joel Meares has taken home our latest: a win in the Best Profile/Digital Media... More

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News about an upcoming web series on digital journalism, “The Story So Far”

This is a full issue and, we hope you agree, a good one. we invite you to read every word,... More

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Some announcements about CJR as we begin our fiftieth year

This month we begin our fiftieth year. The Columbia Journalism Review made its first appearance back in the fall of... More

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Congratulations to our CJR editors for their book deals and promotions

In the future, I am asking everyone on CJR’s staff to hide their light under a bushel. Otherwise, people may... More

Editor’s Notebook: Great Possibilities

A new publisher’s arrival prompts a fresh case of optimism

My co-pilot at this magazine, Brent Cunningham, CJR’s managing editor/print, has a slightly darker view of this world than my... 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

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

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