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Interview with Clay Shirky, Part II

“Newspapers have discovered civic function awfully late to be taken seriously”

Clay Shirky teaches at the Interactive Telecommunications program at New York University and is the author, most recently, of Here... More

Interview with Clay Shirky, Part I

“There’s always a new Luddism whenever there’s change.”

Clay Shirky teaches at the Interactive Telecommunications program at New York University and is the author, most recently, of Here... More

Maggie Jackson on the Erosion of Attention

The author of Distracted talks about information overload

Journalist Maggie Jackson is the author of 2008's Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age. She recently... More

Kluge: Gary Marcus on Attention and the Brain

The cognitive psychologist talks to CJR about how the brain works

Gary Marcus is a professor of psychology at New York University, where he studies developmental cognitive neuroscience. In his latest... More

David Shenk on Data Smog

The journalist and author talks to CJR about information overload

Journalist David Shenk has been writing about the topic of information overload for over a decade. In his 1997 book... More

How Attention Networks Work: Transcript

Cognitive psychologist Michael Posner on the neurological bases for attention

Cognitive neuroscientist Michael Posner is an internationally recognized expert on attentional networks and cognition. CJR contributor Russ Juskalian recently... More

Larry King: Curing Cancer with Consciousness

When coverage of science goes from ignorant to dangerous

In the late 1970s, after putting a homemade pyramid on her head, Judy Zebra Knight (neé Judith Darlene Hampton) says... More

China: Just Sweeping People Under The Bed?

Clutter=bad analogy

The most recent edition of Play, The New York Times's quarterly sports magazine, had an interesting essay by freelance writer... More

Book Review: Microcosm

Carl Zimmer uses E. coli as telescope on life

In February 1982, physicians in Medford, Oregon encountered an unknown pathogen that waged a sort of intelligent biochemical warfare against... More

Launch: Yale Environment 360

Roger Cohn endeavors to make ends meet online

Two seemingly disparate things dominate the chatter coming from the journalism world these days: coverage of the environment, and the... More

Flogging a “Dead” Climate Bill

Why the press must cover Lieberman-Warner as if it had legs

Washington, vis-à-vis the Bush Administration, has shirked its responsibility to take on global warming for years, so the Climate Security... More

The Mysterious Epigenetics

Reporters need to guide readers through the fog

When the Human Genome Project (HPG) was hot news in the press five to ten years ago, there was a... More

The Early Life of the Gas-Tax Story

Reporters let bloggers and columnists do the work

The possible suspension of the federal gas tax has become a big issue in the presidential race, and the latest... More

The True Color of “Green-Collar” Jobs

Press wrestles with definition and economic reality

When John Edwards bowed out of the Democratic primary in January, the presidential race lost its most vocal supporter of... More

Gore Wants You!

The anatomy and coverage of his “We” PR blitz

Last Sunday, in a mostly unremarkable 60 Minutes piece hosted by Lesley Stahl, former vice president Al Gore and the... More

Why The New Yorker’s radical feminism and transgenderism piece was one-sided - “This effectively advances the views of a group that wants to see the genocide of trans women, a group that, data shows, faces extraordinarily high rates of discrimination in every measurable way”

Journalism groups rally around a petition supporting James Risen - The Supreme Court ruled against the NYT reporter, who is refusing to reveal sources

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

Gannett’s changes bring excitement, some pain, and a full-time beer beat - A conversation with Joshua Awtry, the chain’s top editor in the Carolinas

Build the future - Journalism’s deathwatch is over


Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

Journalists can get PTSD right at their desks (PSmag)

A new study correlates exposure to violent images with mental health symptoms

Bloggingheads

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

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