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Tale of the tape … so far

Lessons for a year of scrutinizing campaign coverage

In two months, Americans will elect a president and determine who controls Congress. We’ve been tracking the coverage of... More

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Opening Shot

Drawing attention to the decline in local accountability reporting

The current media revolution has brought many encouraging changes, but also a worrisome decline in accountability reporting, especially at... More

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Is journalism’s future bright?

CJR elicits opinions

For the past few years, journalists bemoaned the bleak state of their industry. Conferences and meetings were somber affairs full... More

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Special report: the future of media

(this minute, at least!)

With journalism’s methods, business models, and even role models being redefined on a daily basis, it can be tough to... More

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Required skimming: tech

For everyone’s inner geek

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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Boy on the bus

Kid reporters hit the campaign trail

Z ach Dalzell is 13 and covering his first presidential campaign. You might think that his observations on the political... More

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Back from the dead

Zombie mags!

Not long ago, the print magazine, flush and glossy, was journalism’s most vibrant arena—the place where big writers went... More

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Hard Numbers

How genuine are those followers on Twitter?

140 million monthly active Twitter users 340 million tweets sent per day 25 million+ followers of Lady Gaga, the current... More

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Notes from our online readers

Comments erupt over David Simon’s paywall piece

In May, David Simon, the former Baltimore Sun reporter who created the television shows The Wire and Treme, reiterated his... More

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A helping hand

The Ford Foundation reaches out to broaden minority coverage

Anyone who cares about the future of newsrooms is on the lookout for omens. And there have been plenty... More

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Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to our May/June issue

China syndrome Sambuddha Mitra Mustafi asks in “Sino the times” (CJR, May/June), “Can China’s billions buy media credibility?” The problem... More

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Diane Sawyer’s ‘hot’ newscast

Paul Friedman discusses his CJR cover story on Howie Kurtz’s Reliable Sources

Over the weekend, CJR contributor Paul Friedman appeared on Reliable Sources to discuss the subject of his CJR cover story,... More

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20 women to watch

A by-no-means-complete list of eXXcellent talents we’d bet on to map the future of the media business

Molly Bingham (@4GJournalist) Descended from a venerable newspaper family, Bingham is an intrepid photojournalist and filmmaker who’s now launching ORBmedia, which... More

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The divine sisterhood

All hail 40 women who changed the media business in the past 40 years

Jill Abramson First woman to be executive editor of The New York Times Christiane Amanpour CNN’s fearless, globe-trotting war correspondent... More

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Opening Shot

What New Orleans is losing

I n the years since the Times-Picayune and the city of New Orleans endured the trauma of Hurricane Katrina, it... More

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Like steam, ping-pong balls, and Omar Sharif

The media has an entertaining struggle trying to explain the Higgs boson

On Wednesday, scientists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, which runs the world’s largest particle accelerator and collider... More

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The Lower Case

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

Breivik killed with joyous "battle cry": survivors—Reuters, 5/16/12 Escaped wallaby caught using huge fishing net—BBCNews.com, 4/13/12 Police: Dismembered woman lived... More

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D’oh!

Halo effect

Today’s video games are so sophisticated, and the shenanigans at the UN can be so sophomoric. Perhaps that’s why,... More

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The best kickers of the week

At the close of a week surely inspired by Dante's Inferno, here are our picks for the week's coolest endings.... More

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The Lower Case

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

Mother arrested after drowning —Houston Chronicle, 10/18/11 173 animals seized; 2 face cruelty charges —Bellingham (WA) World, 9/23/11 La. chimpanzees... 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


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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