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The Limits of Clear Language

Orwell worried about polluted language, but polluted information is more toxic

Can there be a political writer who has not fallen in love with George Orwell’s 1946 essay, “Politics and the... More

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Impeccable until the end

Columbia Journalism School Dean Nicholas Lemann remembers Helen Gurley Brown, who died on Monday

I didn’t encounter Helen Gurley Brown, who passed away Monday morning at the age of 90, until she was well... More

“The Reconstruction of American Journalism”: About This Report

“The Reconstruction of American Journalism” is an extraordinary report on the present and future of our profession, written by Leonard... 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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