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CJR (Mostly) Dark Until the New Year

The headline pretty much says it all. We're heading out for the holidays and won't be doing much posting until... More

Winter Reading List Revisited

A reader-recommended list of books for journalists

Earlier this month, we asked readers to recommend a book to members of the journalistic community. Below, we present an... More

The Best Stories of 2009

What were some of your favorite stories from the past year?

The holiday season isn’t only about stressful shopping excursions and even more stressful family get-togethers; it’s also, traditionally, a time... More

A Study of Reading Habits

How have devices like the Kindle changed the way you read?

It’s the holidays and the e-reader has been anointed as the hot gift this year (sorry, Tickle-Me Elmo). The mobile... More

Comments of the Week

December 7-11, 2009

Every Friday, we excerpt some of the most insightful, articulate, interesting, and entertaining comments we receive each week. Think we’ve... More

Winter Reading List

What are some books that journalists should read this winter?

About a year ago, we asked readers to help us compile a list of journalism-related books that would make for... More

Into the Woods

How should the media be covering the car crash heard ‘round the world?

Tiger Woods, you may have heard, got himself into a little fender-bender late last week. Since then, we've been greeted... More

Giving Thanks

Journalistically speaking, what are you thankful for?

It's been a rough year for traditional journalism, all things considered. Financial infirmity has led to widespread layoffs, buyouts, and... More

Newsweek, API, and Ethics

What guidelines should govern advertiser-sponsored events?

Last week, news reports revealed that, since 2007, Newsweek has sold advertising packages to the American Petroleum Industry--the oil and... More

The Link Economy

What are the ethical issues involved in paying for traffic?

In a recent entry at his Web site, soundbitten.com, the journalist Greg Beato writes about what he calls the “bizarre... More

A Helping Hand

The case for (smart) government support of journalism

When in September President Obama said he would be “happy to look” at congressional proposals designed to help the beleaguered... More

A Bushel and a Beck

For news organizations, where’s the line between reporting the news and deciding what’s news?

Appearing on WAMU's The Kojo Nnamdi Show a couple weeks ago, NPR ombud Alicia Shepard engaged in a practice... More

Quote Machines

Help us name the “experts” most often quoted in the press

If you spend enough time following the news, you may begin to feel like you’ve made some unexpected friends. Like... More

The Reconstruction of American Journalism

What do you think of the report?

There’s no shortage of takes on the news industry’s ills, and on the possible strategies that could preserve and sustain... More

Executive Summary: “The Reconstruction of American Journalism”

News reporting that holds accountable those with power and influence has been a vital part of American democratic life—especially in... More

Fox and Enemies

Is the Obama administration right about Fox News?

The Obama administration hasn’t made much of a secret of its displeasure with Fox News. In June, the president said... More

Diamonds in the Rough

Can large journalistic salaries be justified in the current business climate?

The end of September brought two startling revelations that hefty salaries still exist in journalism despite the industry’s steep financial... More

A Whole New Ballgame

What are the pros and cons of the “self-reporter” approach?

Last week, the Los Angeles Kings hockey team hired Los Angeles Daily News sports reporter Rich Hammond away from his... More

Michael Massing Online Archive

A complete archive of Michael Massing’s columns for CJR.org

Michael Massing’s voice has long been part of the Columbia Journalism Review. He is a columnist, a former executive editor,... 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


Your iPhone can now make free encrypted calls (Wired)

The beginning of the end of burner phones?

The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

Bloggingheads

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

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