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Dissent Deficit

An American ideal needs a workout

To suggest that the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, were in any way blowback from U.S. actions (and inactions)... More

Parting Thoughts: An Invitation

Give us your thoughts on journalism’s state and its future

Bought out? Laid off? Leaving the business? If you are among the members of that very large group, which hundreds... More

CJR to Launch Chinese-Language Edition

Goal is to help advance the cause of press freedom in China

We at CJR are pleased to announce the launch this summer of a Mandarin-language edition in China. CJR has partnered... More

Tim Russert

A CJR archive look at one of journalism’s biggest stars

Tim Russert collapsed and died today while at work in NBC’s Washington bureau. He was 58. While Russert had his... More

The Washington Post’s Dan Balz

The veteran political reporter discusses life on the campaign trail and the changing world of political coverage

Dan Balz, political correspondent for The Washington Post—and a principal voice in the coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign—believes that... More

Who Will Tell Us?

Journalism is losing its reporters

Read through the coverage of any presidential campaign and you will invariably find instances in which the conventional wisdom was... More

From the Archives: “Prisoner 345”

A look back at Sami al-Haj’s Guantánamo ordeal—which is finally over

Late yesterday came word that Sami al-Haj, the only confirmed journalist to be held in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has been... More

Edward R. Murrow at 100

From the archives: an appreciation of the broadcaster’s famous 1958 speech

Edward R. Murrow was born on this day in 1908. Though he died, too young, in 1965, he left to... More

The Week’s Felix Dennis

The irreverent publisher on the power of the magazine

Felix Dennis is the chairman of The Week magazine, which keenly—and sometimes irreverently—curates, summarizes, and contextualizes the news and opinion... More

Mind Games: CJR on the Military’s Media Manipulation

Some context for the NYT’s excellent investigation

The New York Times’s 7,600-word piece on the secret Pentagon campaign to get retired military officers onto the leading television... More

Pete Hamill on A.J. Liebling

The legendary author discusses the work of another legendary author

Pete Hamill is the author of twenty-two books, including News Is a Verb: Journalism at the End of the Twentieth... More

The Wire’s David Simon

The Wire creator talks about the series, urban reporting, and, yes, the future of journalism

In the January/February issue of Columbia Journalism Review, we explored the challenges journalists face portraying cities in a way that... More

Tribes of America Back In Print

Rick Perlstein’s CJR piece sparked a mini-crusade

In our November/December 2004 issue we launched “Second Read,” an ongoing series of essays in which writers revisit books, and... More

A Question of Velocity

In the pursuit of traffic, we’d do well to think before we post

The world of journalism is convulsed with matters of online traffic—how to get it, how to keep it, how to... More

From the Archives

Victor Navasky on William F. Buckley

Love him or hate him, William F. Buckley was a force in American journalism and the world of ideas. His... More

Supply and Demand

Journalism must invest in educated consumers

The news in recent years about civic education and engagement in American society has been dismal, and particularly so when... More

Happy Holidays

Keep visiting us for magazine updates; daily coverage will return in ‘08

We'll be updating our magazine articles often during the holidays, so please keep checking back with us to read Aryeh... More

Iraq and the Cost of Coverage

Serious stories, serious money

The debate about the ramifications of the U.S. troop “surge” that began last winter in Iraq is both highly politicized... More

Reporting Iraq

A roundtable on the journalism of the war, featuring four professionals who covered it

Just after the invasion of Iraq in 2003, reporters could go almost anywhere and talk to almost anyone. Then, slowly,... More

The Case of the Vanishing Book Review

A panel discussion about books, journalism, and the culture that binds them

The September/October issue of Columbia Journalism Review focuses on books and their connections to newspaper journalism. To further explore the... 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

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