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Finding Stories in the WikiLeaks Material

How should local and regional outlets cover the WikiLeaks material?

A few weeks ago, WikiLeaks targeted three news outlets for a massive data dump of classified incident reports from the... More

Weekly Reader

Do you still read alt-weekly newspapers?

On Monday, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies announced the winners of the 2010 AltWeekly Awards, honoring excellence in reporting, commentary,... More

The Migration to Mobile E-Reading

What would it take for you to buy news on the iPad or Kindle?

The cover story of our current issue argues that mobile reading devices like the iPad, Amazon Kindle, and Sony Reader... More

Shield Abuse

A bogus argument stretches a good law to the breaking point

We like shield laws. They encourage the flow of information by allowing reporters to promise anonymity to sources, without fear... More

Video: The Journalism of Opinion

Video from Columbia’s recent conference on opinion journalism in American intellectual history

On April 30, 2010, Columbia University hosted a conference on opinion journalism in American intellectual history. The conference was organized... More

Summer Reading List

What book would you recommend to a journalist this summer?

The solstice has come and gone, and the Fourth of July is around the corner. We’re well into the season... More

Advice for Arthur Brisbane

What can the Times’s new public editor learn from the last three?

First there was Daniel Okrent. Then there were Byron Calame and Clark Hoyt. And now The New York Times has... More

Setting Standards

The NYT frowns on ‘tweet’, for now. So which words would you edit out of—or into—press accounts?

The New York Times sparked a bit of a blogospheric kerfuffle last week when its standards editor, Phil Corbett, issued... More

CJR Wins Two Mirror Awards

Congratulations to CJR's Dean Starkman and former staff writer Megan Garber for their victories at today's Mirror Awards ceremony. The... More

Beach Blanket Bingo

Veep’s party revives age-old ethical debate

One of the classic ethical questions in journalism—how much distance should a reporter keep from his sources and subjects?—is back... More

Seeping Questions

What do you want to know about the Gulf oil spill?

Six weeks after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has... More

Making News Pay

Is it possible to design a paywall that’s both permeable and profitable?

After years in which discussion of getting readers to pay for news was out of fashion, momentum seems to be... More

The Graduates

What advice do you have for new journalism school graduates?

Today, amid much pomp and circumstance, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism minted its newest crop of alums. It... More

Tip Off

Did the press report too many details about the Times Square car bomb?

Faisal Shahzad, the man suspected of parking an SUV packed with explosive material along a busy Times Square thoroughfare, was... More

Arizona on Our Minds

Has the coverage of Arizona’s new immigration law been overly sensational?

For the last month, as Arizona debated and passed new strict anti-illegal immigration measures into law, the press has struggled... More

The Hands That Feed

Managing conflicts of interest in the era of nonprofit journalism

The need to manage real and perceived conflicts of interest, and the self-censorship that can accompany them, has always been... More

Bill Moyers Signs Off

The esteemed journalist’s last Journal airs Friday night

Tonight marks the airing of the last edition of Bill Moyers Journal on PBS stations nationwide. An online tribute page... More

Apple vs. Gizmodo

Who are you rooting for?

There’s a lot to chew over, ethically and legally, in Gizmodo’s acquisition of something that looks an awful lot like... More

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…

Four CJR writers are named finalists for media coverage awards

We’re delighted today to bring you some more happy news about Columbia Journalism Review: four of our writers are among... More

What Crisis?

Pulitzers pass over financial reporting

If you had to pick a single story that has shaped our recent times, it would be the financial crisis... 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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