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The Press Room

Year opened 1995 Owner James “Raff” Rafferty (born in Manchester, England) Distinguishing features Next door to the Santa Barbara... More

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Darts and Laurels

Not going the distance

Much ado… On March 21, The Orange County Register published a blog post, based on the sworn affidavit of... More

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Hard Numbers

Retracting “Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory”

888,000 downloads of “Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory,” the January 6 This American Life episode based on Mike Daisey’s... More

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How I got that story

RealRural

In March 2011, Lisa M. Hamilton, a writer and photographer, began a series of road trips around rural California.... More

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Poynter chat: How to mine TV stations’ political files

Under a new FCC rule, data on campaign ad buys is going online. What’s next?

CJR has been writing since late last year about a proposed FCC rule that would require local TV stations to... More

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Notes from our Online Readers

Readers weigh in on Ron Howell’s “The New York Times Goes to the Dogs”

In a March piece, Ron Howell wrote about the increase in stories about dogs in The New York Times since... More

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Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to our March/April issue

Patch work Excellent piece (“The constant gardener” by Sean Roach, CJR, March/April), and even though I didn’t join Patch until... More

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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

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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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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Questions and exercises for journalism students.