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The Reporter’s Voice

Seven accomplished reporters and one great photographer talk about what they do, how they do it, and why.

Since 1961, when CJR was born, journalism has undergone all manner of seismic shifts, from hot type to wireless... More

What About Modesto?

The digital-news parade threatens to pass some communities by

In Modesto, California, the need for news far exceeds the current supply. A city of 200,000 with one midsized... More

Modesto, California

By the numbers

Population 201,165 Eighteenth-largest city in California; 107th-largest city in the US, between Des Moines, Iowa, and Fayetteville, North Carolina... More

A Reading List for Future Journalists

We asked some of our favorite journalists, scholars, and critics to recommend books and other works that could help... More

Why a Review of Journalism?

The arguments for a critical journal far outweigh the hazards

What journalism needs, it has been said time and again, is more and better criticism. There have been abundant... More

The Complications of our Age

What we want is a journalism to match them

When the idea of a publication to be called the Columbia Journalism Review first came up, our founding editor... More

The Moments

Fifty years of media culture, as captured by Magnum photographers

Magnum Photos, founded during the most glorious age of photojournalism, has always represented a dream of how journalism can be... More

A Reading List for Future Journalists

Book recommendations for the next fifty years

For CJR's fiftieth anniversary issue, we asked some of our favorite journalists, critics, and academics to help us compile a... More

A Times Conflict of Interest Resolved

In 2009, Ethan Bronner, who has run the Jerusalem bureau for The New York Times since March 2008, joined the... More

Size Matters

News Corp.’s corruption would matter less if it weren’t so big

In the August 8 issue of New York magazine, the columnist Frank Rich suggests this takeaway from the News... More

Standout 9/11 Coverage

In the sea of anniversary coverage, where to look?

In the tremendous swell of tenth anniversary of 9/11 news coverage and commentary—in print, broadcast, online, on Twitter—what has stood... More

News Literacy Expands to DC

Project now serves 2,000 students

For three years, The News Literacy Project has been helping middle- and high-school students in Chicago, New York City, and... More

China rescues 89 trafficked children, arrests 369

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

Bison study plan to use sterilization, Jackson Hole (WY) Daily, 6/3/11 2 parrots sought in Long Beach birdnapping, Press Telegram... More

Hard Numbers

Some stats and figures on the news industry

109number of segments CNN aired on the News Corp. phone-hacking scandal, July 4-13 71number of segments aired on MSNBC 30number... More

Notes From Our Online Readers

Readers recommend books to our summer reading list

In mid-July, with temperatures rising and the entire CJR office dreaming of beach chairs and umbrella drinks, we asked our... More

Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to our July/August Issue

PBS: Where’s the Beef? Elizabeth Jensen’s story “Big Bird to the Rescue?” (CJR, July/August) in your cover package about the... More

Opening Shot

Fostering an awareness of our commonalities, ten years after September 11th

Four planes. One-hundred-and-two minutes of the towers smoking. Almost three thousand dead. Then, suddenly, it is ten years later,... More

Populism on the Potomac

Is anyone in DC reporting for the people?

On Sunday, Washington Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton presented a plan for the paper he's charged with watching. His stirring proposal?... More

The Kitchen-Table Connection

How to find—and serve—readers beyond Washington

Toward the end of last year, The Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery advised her readers that “a surprisingly broad consensus... More

Summer Reading Club

Recommend a book for a journalist this summer

The days are long, the dogs are panting, and the sun is still prime for shining on the pages of... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

Bloggingheads

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

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Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.