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Must-reads of the week

”’[G]et bought by a billionaire’ should be every small mag’s business model”

Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

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Must-reads of the week

Bone-Chilled in the Big Apple Edition

Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

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Must-reads of the week

Aaron Swartz’s life and death, Deadspin’s Manti Te’o blockbuster, The Atlantic’s Scientology ad, Facebook’s new Graph Search

Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

Ben Bradlee and Watergate

Excerpted from “The Washington ‘Post’ and Watergate: How two Davids slew Goliath” in CJR’s July/August 1973 issue

Editor's Note: While Watergate was still unfolding, CJR's James McCartney explored The Washington Post's effort to uncover the scandal,... More

Ben Bradlee on the Pentagon Papers

Excerpted from “Why We Published,” in CJR’s September/October 1971 issue

Editor's Note: In the wake of the release of the Pentagon Papers, for our September 1971 issue, CJR asked Ben... More

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Must-reads of the week

An embarrassment of riches

Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

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Must-reads of the week

Andrew Sullivan declares his independence, Kevin Drum gets the lead out, and Jon Chait goes back to the future!

Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

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Opening Shot

Superstorm Sandy’s aftermath on journalism

A fter Superstorm Sandy swamped the nation’s media capital in October, some shops, such as the Daily News and American... More

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Obamacare: round two

A chance for journalistic redemption

The Affordable Care Act, a.k.a Obamacare, is the law of the land, and the re-election of the president ensures... More

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Letters to the editor

Readers respond to our November / December issue

Good publicity Re: “Rules of the Game: The sometimes nauseating, often fun, and always absurd life of a movie publicist”... More

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How I got that story

Explosive situation

In 2005, Jerry Redfern and Karen Coates were in Laos reporting a story on the Plain of Jars region... More

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The Lower Case

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

- CBSNews.com, 11/9/12 - Newspaper Research Journal, Summer 2012 - KHOU.com, 9/2/12 - The New York Times, 11/22/12 -... More

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Darts & Laurels 2012

2012’s media highlights and lowlights

DART for inflaming an already tense situation: Business Insider, The Daily Caller, Michelle Malkin, NBC News Following Trayvon Martin’s death... More

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Darts & Laurels

2012’s media highlights and lowlights

DART for the most imaginary friends: Karen Jeffrey, Cape Cod Times In December, her editors at the Cape Cod Times announced... More

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Darts & Laurels

2012’s media highlights and lowlights

DART for foul balls: ESPN What is going on in Bristol, CT? As rival Deadspin gleefully reported, ESPN made some big,... More

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Darts & Laurels

2012’s media highlights and lowlights

DART for callowness: Vice magazine After crowing about its access to on-the-lam software pioneer John McAfee (“We are with John McAfee... More

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Darts & Laurels

2012’s media highlights and lowlights

DART for grade inflation: Charles Jaco, KTVI, St. Louis, MO When you’re interviewing a senatorial candidate who says, as Todd Akin... More

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Darts & Laurels

2012’s media highlights and lowlights

DART for inflaming an already tense situation: Business Insider, The Daily Caller, Michelle Malkin, NBC News Following Trayvon Martin’s death... More

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Must-reads of 2012: profiles

Expert portraits of fascinating people

As 2012 draws to a close, CJR writers brainstormed the year's best reads in their beats. Cooking isn’t creative, and... More

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Must-reads of the week

A-difficult-week edition

Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Lessons from factchecking, and the limits of journalism (Feministing)

“Fact-checking taught me a lot, and here’s one thing I learned: One of the main purposes of fact-checking is to correct journalism’s bias toward a ‘good story’ above all else”

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