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In the Dark

The campaign to weaken campaign-finance disclosure laws

Journalists are big believers in the First Amendment; its legal force undergirds the fearless journalism that democracy requires. But... More

Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to our 50th anniversary issue

At Fifty Congratulations on the publication of your recent fiftieth anniversary issue (CJR, November/December 2011). It was truly the finest... More

Opening Shot

Show us how the game is rigged

On November 26, 2011, The New York Times published an investigation of Ronald Lauder’s aggressive use of strategies available... More

Corrections

Mistakes from our 50th anniversary issue

• We regret that in our fiftieth anniversary special masthead, a list of everyone who’s ever worked here, we garbled... More

Winter Reading Club

What are some books that journalists should read this winter?

Every year around this time, we ask our readers to recommend some books that journalists might enjoy reading during the... 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

The Lower Case

Bad News!

Editorial Page Almost a Garbage Dump— Delta (BC) Optimist 3/11/81 Newsmen Threaten Exposure— The Guild Reporter 7/24/70 Readers: We invent... More

Notes From Our Online Readers

Readers respond to Erika Fry’s “Escape from Thailand”

In September, Erika Fry, a CJR assistant editor, wrote of her “Escape from Thailand,” an ordeal that began when she... More

Letters to the Editor

Reader’s congratulations, and reactions from our September/October issue

Fifty Candles Journalism the world over is in the midst of profound, transformative change, and it is not yet clear... More

Opening Shot

Here’s to another fifty

C JR’s debut was mostly greeted with “bouquets,” though a few readers, our second issue noted, “reacted with unblemished hostility.”... More

The Assassination: The Reporters’ Story

How journalists broke news of JFK’s death

Dallas: November 22, 1963. It’s a dateline that needs little introduction. But for reporters on the scene for President Kennedy’s... More

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

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

Bloggingheads

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

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