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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

Whose Line Is It, Anyway?

When it comes to journalistic ethics, do definitions matter?

Earlier this month, New York Times public editor Clark Hoyt trained his gaze on the conflict-of-interest questions surrounding the popular... More

The Too-Fleet Tweet

Should news organizations editorially monitor their employees’ Twitter accounts?

On Monday, ABC News reporter Terry Moran broadcast President Obama’s off-the-record assessment of Kanye West’s MTV Video Music Award antics... More

Truth? Yes, Sir!

Why we need a clearer view of both our wars

General William Tecumseh Sherman, like a number of military leaders through history, despised journalists. Tom Curley, president and CEO of... More

Press Forward: Dialogues on the Future of News

A new series from CJR

Somewhere along the way, we began talking about the future of news in terms of salvation. What will save us?... More

Press Forward

Links to every entry in CJR’s Press Forward: Dialogues on the Future of News series

Project Introduction: "News will continue, but what shape will it take? What will the transition from the analog world to... More

The Health Care Debate: A Resource for Journalists

Far too many Americans have no health insurance or are underinsured. And, meanwhile, far too large a percentage of America’s... More

Back to School, for Some Reason

Does journalism school still make sense these days?

It’s late August and, among other things, that means back-to-school--including here at the Columbia Graduae School of Journalism, where the... More

Vacation Mode

What, if any, media sources do you still check while on vacation?

With half the world and all of Washington D.C. on vacation--including the commander-in-chief, who will be summering on Martha’s Vineyard... More

Truth or Consequences

How should the press sort fact from fiction in a rumor-ridden world?

Mandated abortions. Dying on a wait list. Death panels. The healthcare debate teems with rumors, innuendo, and flat-out lies--ranging from... More

Drunk and Disorderly

Is it OK for papers to “disappear” controversial online content?

It all started with a really bad idea, a bottle of beer, and a still of our Secretary of State.... More

Members Only

What matters more when it comes to paid content: information or experience?

The New York Times, like most news outlets currently in--which is to say, currently fighting for--existence, is spending much of... More

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

This is how Tehran Bureau covers Iran - Its reporting model, using undercover journalists and distant editors, is one way to cover closed societies

Alessandra Stanley’s troubling history of error - Scrutiny alone isn’t enough to solve the problem

Why Bill Simmons might leave ESPN - Other outlets would jump at the chance to gain his following

Simon & Schuster should come clean about discredited Monroe/DiMaggio book - C. David Heymann’s Joe and Marilyn is full of highly dubious information—just like many of his previous books


The Recollectors

Remembering parents lost to AIDS

Swedish scientists sneak Dylan quotes into articles (The Guardian)

Whoever nets the most before retirement wins a free lunch

Mag for dog haters is a hit in Germany (WSJ)

Poop and Pooches. That is all

A data viz reading list (Susan McGregor)

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