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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

Huffington Post and “Over-Aggregation”

Where do we draw the line between aggregation and plagiarism?

AdAge media columnist Simon Dumenco recently posed a good question to the online news community: “What constitutes unfair -- unethical... More

Sultan woman with dog’s head taken to hospital

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

Utah: Incompetent sex offender freed —The Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, MA) 4/8/11 Navy SEALs Responsible For Getting Osama bin Laden To... More

Hard Numbers

Some stats and figures on the news industry

41 percent of the US news media workforce who are women 23.3 percent of top-level US news media managers who... More

Notes From Our Online Readers

Readers add to CJR’s own “Words We Shouldn’t Say” list

When New York Times Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren posted a list of “words we don’t say” to the magazine’s 6th... More

Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to our May/June story by Pamela Newkirk, “The Not-So-Great Migration”

Black and White Permit me to offer an amplifying note to Pamela Newkirk’s trenchant take on the migration of some... More

The Future of Public Television

Can Public Television News Step Up?

Television has long been our most popular news medium, the format that unites us and brings the world to our... More

Opening Shot

Jill Abramson, the first woman at the helm of The New York Times

“OMG. It’s official, women run the world,” wrote Dennis M. Madison, a New York Times reader who posted a... More

What Should Chris Wallace Have Asked?

“Flake”-free questions for Michele Bachmann

It came about fourteen minutes into Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace’s sixteen-minute interview with presidential contender Rep. Michele Bachmann.... More

Summer Movie Club

What movie would you recommend to a journalist this summer?

Whether blasted in a blessedly air-conditioned megaplex, or projected on a roof-deck after dark, movies make a summer. The forthcoming... More

On Sock Puppets and Best Practices

How far should news outlets go to verify bloggers’ identities?

After some impressive detective work by several journalists, it was revealed early this week that Amina Arraf, the supposed author... More

What Should Jill Do?

Offer your advice for The New York Times’s incoming executive editor

Bill Keller will officially step down from his post as executive editor of The New York Times on Labor Day,... More

Cathryn Cronin Cranston

An obituary for CJR’s publisher

The staff of the Columbia Journalism Review is deeply sorry to report the death of our publisher, Cathryn Cranston, who... More

CJR’s Meares Wins Mirror Award

Congratulations to CJR's Joel Meares for winning the Best Profile, Digital Media award at today's Mirror Awards Ceremony. (The Mirror... More

Lift the Shroud

Why we need Al Jazeera English

For most of the last decade, when Americans heard mention of Al Jazeera, the Arabic language Qatar-based satellite news... More

“Words We Don’t Say,” An Update

In last week’s news meeting question, inspired by a list of forbidden words from Kurt Andersen’s days as editor of... More

Campaign Strategies

How should the media determine the sort of coverage a candidate deserves?

In one of the posts on Herman Cain's candidacy discussed on Campaign Desk Tuesday, Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight calls for... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

The worst journalism of 2014 - A recap of the year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

Why the media don’t get Detroit—and why it matters - Coverage of declining cities is too often simplistic and lacking historical context

21st-century censorship - Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media

Jesse Brown punctures Canada’s media bubble - The independent journalist uses his website and podcast to break stories that might otherwise go unpublished


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

Bloggingheads

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

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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