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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

Letting Go

It’s time to rethink journalistic competition

In 1995, as newspapers were beginning to grapple with the seismic structural shift of digital technology, the late James Carey... More

Missed Story in Iraq

When diplomats are in danger

Every March since the war in Iraq began, the Foreign Service Journal—the house organ of the American Foreign Service Association,... More

It’s His Nature

Rupert Murdoch and Dow Jones

A familiar fable tells of a scorpion that asks a frog to carry him across a river. The frog is... More

Calling Uncle Sam

How government can and should support a free press

At a moment when our government appears to be battering the Bill of Rights in the name of combating terrorism... More

Blinded by Dubai

While the press gawks, workers are dying.

“I realize I’m late to the party: Dubai is long past its media moment. The flurry of breathless write-ups—in Sunday... 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

Journalists subpoenaed in ‘pink-slime’ suit - BPI wants emails from NYT’s Michael Moss, public-health lawyer Michele Simon, and others

Bloomberg struggles to break out of the box - Justin Smith’s ambitious digital transformation hits some bumps

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Embedded with the Koch brothers - Hometown reporters get rare access to the media-shy oilmen, with mixed results


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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