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3 things big media can do to save independent journalism

This is adapted from Rebecca MacKinnon’s 2012 Hearst New Media Lecture, given at Columbia’s J-school on April 19

By advocating Internet access that is open, interconnected, and neutral—which is not what's happening now—Rebecca MacKinnon argues that big media... More

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Opening Shot

The Instagram campaign

Every presidential campaign produces its share of iconic images, but never before have we been able to see trail... More

The Lower Case

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

Army School Suspends Female Head—The New York Times 12/15/11 Trusty #Ows medics tend to pepper spray victims. pic.twitter.com/AfT6vnTC—NYC General Assembly... More

Darts and Laurels

So much hot air

In January, as earthlings awaited the largest solar radiation storm in seven years, news headlines had a Cowboys-and-Aliens feel:... More

Open Bar

The Red Carpet Lounge

Year opened 1976 Distinguishing features Red carpet, of course, and booths, plus five video-lottery machines. Thursday is Steak Night: $14 for... More

Inspecting Local TV’s “Public Inspection Files”

CJR explores the filing cabinets in five states

Regular readers may recall that a few months ago, CJR published a pair of columns by Steven Waldman—the lead author... More

Shelf Life of…

A Mort Zuckerman editor

The news that Kevin Convey was out as editor of the New York Daily News after less than 24 months,... More

Notes from our Online Readers

Readers weigh in on Gordon’s “Gender Imbalance on the Campaign Trail,” and Fahy’s “Media Made Hawking Famous.”

When so many voters are women, why do male reporters outnumber female reporters two to one? Meryl Gordon explores that... More

Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to our January/February issue

Out of the park Congratulations on a truly outstanding January/February issue. Magazines I read—like The New Yorker and The New... More

Tim Armstrong Still Believes

The AOL CEO tells why he’s still betting on Patch

This article ran in CJR's March/April 2012 edition as a sidebar to Sean Roach's cover story on the Patch hyperlocal... More

Hard Numbers

Super PACs and Stephen Colbert

9 days before South Carolina’s primary when comedian Stephen Colbert announced his presidential bid 157,876 dollars spent by Colbert Super... More

Show us the Money

Broadcasters and the FCC need to get political ad data online

The Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision unleashed a torrent of campaign spending, the impact of which we are... More

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What’s In David Carr’s Backpack?

The New York Times media columnist shows his stuff

David Carr, veteran newspaperman and indie-film star (Page One), can’t quite remember the year he started his career at The... More

How I Got That Story

Death Metal Angola

In September 2009, Jeremy Xido, a New York-based filmmaker, went to Angola with a colleague and two hand-held video... More

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Pinterest is the media’s newest BFF

“What is Pinterest and why should I care?” asked a recent blog post on TheAtlantic.com. In case you’ve managed... More

What’s in My…

David Carr’s powerful backpack

David Carr, veteran newspaperman and indie-film star (Page One), can’t quite remember the year he started his career at... More

Former Huffington Post CTO Paul Berry: A CJR Podcast

Paul Berry was the CTO of Huffington Post from April 2007 through December 2011. He is currently the founder and... More

Lost & Found

The AP Stylebook turns 99!?!

The Associated Press has long acknowledged what one historian called the “maddeningly imprecise” information about its origins. In 2005,... More

Harlan Ellison says: ‘Pay the damn writer!’

Next time someone asks you to write or broadcast something for free, send them this. More

The Lower Case

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

Elderly woman found using GPS—The Herald News (Fall River, MA) 10/8/11 SARGEANT: Victim donated to charity—The Journal News (White Plains,... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

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


John Oliver video sweepstakes (The Awl)

“We may update this list next week to reflect Facebook shares gathered by The Awl as the result of this post, which is ultimately an elaborate excuse to embed a John Oliver video on our website”

Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

Bloggingheads

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

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