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Blogging the Long War

Bill Roggio wants to be your source for conflict coverage

For much of the twentieth century, Americans co-existed with the country’s armed forces in a way we don’t anymore. In... More

On The Ground: the Grunts and the Press

Some thoughts on the disconnect, and how it could be different

This month marks the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. For many of the journalists who have covered it,... More

On the Ground: The Enemy of My Enemy

Learning to trust in Iraq

This month marks the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. For many of the journalists who have covered it,... More

On the Ground: Riding to Tarmiya

Life in, and between, the bases

This month marks the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. For many of the journalists who have covered it,... More

On the Ground: The End of the Weapons Cache

An abandoned farmhouse and a wayward grenade

This month marks the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. For many of the journalists who have covered it,... More

On The Ground: The Suicide Bomber

A long day at combat outpost IBA

This month marks the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. For many of the journalists who have covered it,... More

Oh Well, Whatever, Nevermind

NYT reporter takes a dive

That sound you just heard is another big-name political reporter rolling over for fear of creating a scene. MSNBC’s “First... More

On the Ground: Night Patrol

In Iraq, Sometimes a carrot farmer is just a carrot farmer

This month marks the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. For many of the journalists who have covered it,... More

On the Ground: Men With Guns

Captain Helberg strikes a delicate balance for a day

This month marks the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. For many of the journalists who have covered it,... More

On the Ground: The Rejected

This is the first in a series of posts by a CJR reporter embedded with American forces in Iraq

This month marks the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. For many of the journalists who have covered it,... More

On the Ground: ‘Dances’ With Strongmen

Building trust in Iraq, with chai and R-E-S-P-E-C-T

In a dim, chilly tent, illuminated only by a single fluorescent tube and the gray winter light creeping in through... More

Fact From Fiction

At the checkpoints with the Sons of Iraq

The war in Iraq has changed for the U.S. military, and some of the most important work being done there... More

Meet the Sons of Iraq

“Concerned Local Citizens” didn’t cut it with Iraqis

The CLCs—Concerned Local Citizens—are no more. Just a week ago, people couldn’t keep the acronym, which refers to the U.S.... More

Up Close With the Counterinsurgency

The most important thing the U.S military is doing in Iraq is complicated and largely uncovered

Editors’ Note: In the coming weeks, CJR’s Paul McLeary will be filing periodic reports from Iraq. This is his second... More

Blogging From Air Force One

Anyone hear about the White House’s blog?

It seems that no one has really noticed, but president Bush's entourage is blogging--after a fashion--it's trip to Israel and... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


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.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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