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The Tea Party is timeless

Richard Hofstadter’s Anti-Intellectualism In American Life reviewed

For the ages For Hofstadter, pictured here in 1946, anti-intellectualism was an unavoidable part of a democratic society. (Erich... 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

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

Welcome to CampaignDesk.org

Greetings! You have just logged on to what all of us at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism think is an... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

Bloggingheads

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

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