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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

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

I’m a black journalist quitting media because I’m sick of racism (TNR)

“Among the challenges that make racism so difficult to fix, and so odiously constant, is that white people often don’t even recognize when they’re saying or doing something that cuts their black colleagues to the bone”

Bloggingheads

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

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