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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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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