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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

Finding Stories in the WikiLeaks Material

How should local and regional outlets cover the WikiLeaks material?

A few weeks ago, WikiLeaks targeted three news outlets for a massive data dump of classified incident reports from the... More

Weekly Reader

Do you still read alt-weekly newspapers?

On Monday, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies announced the winners of the 2010 AltWeekly Awards, honoring excellence in reporting, commentary,... More

The Migration to Mobile E-Reading

What would it take for you to buy news on the iPad or Kindle?

The cover story of our current issue argues that mobile reading devices like the iPad, Amazon Kindle, and Sony Reader... More

Shield Abuse

A bogus argument stretches a good law to the breaking point

We like shield laws. They encourage the flow of information by allowing reporters to promise anonymity to sources, without fear... More

Video: The Journalism of Opinion

Video from Columbia’s recent conference on opinion journalism in American intellectual history

On April 30, 2010, Columbia University hosted a conference on opinion journalism in American intellectual history. The conference was organized... More

Summer Reading List

What book would you recommend to a journalist this summer?

The solstice has come and gone, and the Fourth of July is around the corner. We’re well into the season... More

Advice for Arthur Brisbane

What can the Times’s new public editor learn from the last three?

First there was Daniel Okrent. Then there were Byron Calame and Clark Hoyt. And now The New York Times has... More

Setting Standards

The NYT frowns on ‘tweet’, for now. So which words would you edit out of—or into—press accounts?

The New York Times sparked a bit of a blogospheric kerfuffle last week when its standards editor, Phil Corbett, issued... 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


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

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.”

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