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Olbermann Suspends “Worst Person” Segment

What other segments, programs, or people should be cut from cable news?

After accusing Jon Stewart of jumping the shark on Twitter over the weekend, Keith Olbermann last night gave in to... More

Escape the Silos

How the press can help rebuild the American conversation

In his wonderful book, The Earl of Louisiana, A. J. Liebling takes many a detour on his way to explaining... More

What Are You Wearing?

Describe your journalism-themed Halloween costume

We all know journalism’s a scary business and we journalists are scary people. Sunday’s your chance to prove it. What... More

No Comment

Do candidates have to talk to reporters?

Slate’s media man Jack Shafer goes against the grain in a column published yesterday, arguing that it isn’t necessarily bad... More

Media Circus at the Chilean Mine

What are some dos and don’ts for the scrum?

The story of 33 men trapped underground in a mine in Chile has captivated the entire world, for good reason:... More

The Rick Sanchez Question

Was CNN right to fire Sanchez?

Blustery CNN host Rick Sanchez was fired last Friday after comments he made the day before on Pete Dominick’s satellite... More

Hard Numbers

Some stats and figures on the news industry

£1 (about $1.60), the new daily fee to access to The Times of London and The Sunday Times websites 66... More

What We’ve Sown

The nation needs better coverage of the Farm Bill

The debate over the 2012 Farm Bill is already under way. Collin Peterson, the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee,... More

Woulda Coulda Shoulda

Where have your career bloopers led you?

Jay Rosen, a professor of journalism at New York University, posted a fascinating account of how he “got bitten by... More

Tales from the Hamster Wheel

Tell us yours (or share examples of the Wheel has wrought)

That plump rodent on the cover of the current CJR spinning his wheel as fast as his burdened little feet... More

Launch Pad Archive

An archive of CJR’s “Launch Pad” columns

Bethlehem Shoals, The Classical 12/16/11: Two weeks after launch, new worries take hold. I have a confession to make: up... More

Primary Grades

How can the midterm coverage improve between now and November?

Today, September 14, is Super Tuesday, of a sort, with primary elections occuring in seven states and Washington, D.C. Today... More

Six News Videos To See

Links to the high-quality videos mentioned in Jill Drew’s feature “See It Now!”

In The Moment: President Obama’s inauguration by The Washington Post Killer Blue: Baptized by Fire, U.S. Soldiers in Iraq (Part... More

Opening Shot

An introduction to our annual books issue

"The president didn’t send me over here to seek a graceful exit.” So said General David Petraeus in one of... More

Crowd Sourcing

Should reporters bother estimating crowd size at rallies?

At the beginning of his “Restoring Honor” rally in D.C. last weekend, Fox News’s Glenn Beck joked, “I have just... More

Why We’re Suing

Let’s see those e-mails, governor

Today, the Columbia Journalism Review will file a lawsuit in an Albany court, seeking to compel New York state to... More

Covering Cordoba House

How do you cover the “Ground Zero Mosque”?

Strange it might be, but Cordoba House has become a major story—at the moment perhaps the biggest story in the... More

Summer Reading List Revisited

CJR’s summer reading list for journalists

Recently, we asked readers to recommend a book to members of the journalistic community for their summer vacations. Below, we... More

Meet the General

What would you ask David Petraeus?

General David Petraeus will likely show more restraint than his predecessor when he kicks off a series of media interviews... More

The New New Newsweek?

What is the value of a newsweekly in a 24/7 media world?

On Monday, The Washington Post Co. announced that it will sell Newsweek to stereo equipment magnate Sidney Harman, the husband... 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


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!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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