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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

CJR Wins Two Mirror Awards

Congratulations to CJR's Dean Starkman and former staff writer Megan Garber for their victories at today's Mirror Awards ceremony. The... More

Beach Blanket Bingo

Veep’s party revives age-old ethical debate

One of the classic ethical questions in journalism—how much distance should a reporter keep from his sources and subjects?—is back... More

Seeping Questions

What do you want to know about the Gulf oil spill?

Six weeks after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has... More

Making News Pay

Is it possible to design a paywall that’s both permeable and profitable?

After years in which discussion of getting readers to pay for news was out of fashion, momentum seems to be... More

The Graduates

What advice do you have for new journalism school graduates?

Today, amid much pomp and circumstance, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism minted its newest crop of alums. It... More

Tip Off

Did the press report too many details about the Times Square car bomb?

Faisal Shahzad, the man suspected of parking an SUV packed with explosive material along a busy Times Square thoroughfare, was... More

Arizona on Our Minds

Has the coverage of Arizona’s new immigration law been overly sensational?

For the last month, as Arizona debated and passed new strict anti-illegal immigration measures into law, the press has struggled... More

The Hands That Feed

Managing conflicts of interest in the era of nonprofit journalism

The need to manage real and perceived conflicts of interest, and the self-censorship that can accompany them, has always been... More

Bill Moyers Signs Off

The esteemed journalist’s last Journal airs Friday night

Tonight marks the airing of the last edition of Bill Moyers Journal on PBS stations nationwide. An online tribute page... More

Apple vs. Gizmodo

Who are you rooting for?

There’s a lot to chew over, ethically and legally, in Gizmodo’s acquisition of something that looks an awful lot like... More

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…

Four CJR writers are named finalists for media coverage awards

We’re delighted today to bring you some more happy news about Columbia Journalism Review: four of our writers are among... More

What Crisis?

Pulitzers pass over financial reporting

If you had to pick a single story that has shaped our recent times, it would be the financial crisis... More

Live from New York: It’s Pulitzer Day

This year's Pulitzer Prizes will be announced just after three this afternoon. CJR will be live tweeting the event, and... More

The Pentagon Papers: A CJR Panel

Video of the recent panel discussion hosted by CJR

The New York Times first printed stories based on the Pentagon’s detailed secret history of the war in Vietnam on... More

Picture This

As the professional path for photojournalists fades, what’s being lost?

Yesterday, a story on the Web site of The New York Times noted the seismic shifts roiling the field of... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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The Business of Digital Journalism

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Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.