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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

Words We Shouldn’t Say

Name some clichéd terms that news sources should avoid

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

Graduation Time

What should we tell journalism’s next generation?

It’s graduation season and journalism schools across the country are spitting out classes of elated and exhausted journalists into the... More

Which News Sites Are Best at Engaging their Readers?

And which ones are only interested in fly-by clicks?

In the conclusion to the report published on CJR today, “The Story So Far: What We Know About the Business... More

Bill Grueskin and Lucas Graves on the Changing Business of News: A CJR Podcast

Why is it that The New York Times has more than 30 million online readers and a weekday circulation of... More

Lawrence Pintak on the Arab Media Revolution: A CJR Podcast

“Autocratic Arab governments have long controlled news and information with an iron hand, writes Lawrence Pintak in the cover story... More

Where Did You Get Your bin Laden News?

And now, where do you go for analysis?

Sometimes the news is so big you just have to have the details right away, and the death of Osama... More

Opening Shot

Attacks on reporters and photographers in the Arab world threaten journalism everywhere

Is journalism worth dying for? Murdered journalist Anna Politkovskaya’s editor used those words as the title of a posthumously... More

Bishops agree sex abuse rules

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

Girls Think Tank Has Emerged as Key Voice for Human Rights — The San Diego Union-Tribune 1/3/11 Padres pitcher Latos... More

Hard Numbers

Some stats and figures on the news industry

30 percent of visitors to local news and information websites that live outside the site’s market 25 percent of visitors... More

Notes from Our Online Readers

Readers weigh in on who should fill the slot on the New York Times op-ed page

With the recent departures of Frank Rich and Bob Herbert from the New York Times’s opinion pages, and a new... More

Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to our March/April cover story by LynNell Hancock, “Tested”

Grading Teachers LynNell Hancock’s article, “Tested: Covering schools in the age of micro-measurement” (CJR, March/April), gives a thoughtful and thorough... More

What Are America’s Most Essential Magazines?

Help CJR create an alternative to AdWeek’s “Hot List”

Michael Wolff’s revamped AdWeek published its thirty-first annual “Hot List” yesterday—its ranking of the top ten magazines of the moment.... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

Bloggingheads

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

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