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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

Do You Remember Walter?

What can contemporary journalists learn from Walter Cronkite?

In the days since Walter Cronkite's recent death, the media have been awash with eulogies for and remembrances of the... More

The Grave Dancer’s Folly

Blaming newspapers for their plight is a waste of precious time

Despite the tedious posturing of both Web triumphalists (Jeff Jarvis to the Newspaper Association of America: “You blew it!”) and... More

The News Frontier

A mission statement

Welcome to The News Frontier. It's an anxious but exhilarating time for journalists. As the Web topples many long-held assumptions... 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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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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