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Opening Shot

In an election season, the press must sort fact from fiction and follow the money

The midterm election season produced stories that tested journalism’s ability to do what it must during political campaigns: sort fact... More

Thanksgiving Time

Tell us what in journalism you are thankful for

Holidays are a reminder that we’ve gone another turn around the sun, a time to take time to take stock.... More

Whither NewsBeast?

What do you think of the Daily Beast/Newsweek merge?

News of the merger deal between IAC’s The Daily Beast and Sidney Harman’s Newsweek lit up the Internet last Friday.... More

The Olbermann Question

What are the journalistic consequences of reporters donating to political campaigns?

One question which has gone largely unaddressed in the Keith Olbermann controversy is this: Is there a difference between donating... More

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

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

Bloggingheads

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

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.