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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

Time To Go: Why Tribune is like Rumsfeld

The Tribune Company’s Donald Rumsfeld moment.

In the military you shut up and follow orders; otherwise, things fall apart. Still, there can come a point when... More

The Continuing Story

How Iraq is different from, and the same as, other wars

Richard Engel NBC News I’ve been in Iraq for a while. I’ve been there longer than any of the... More

Turning Points

Everyone has a story about when things began to go bad

Dexter Filkins The New York Times I remember the whole period from October, November, December 2003, everybody — all the... More

Omens and Incidents

Negotiating cultural fault lines in Iraq

Borzou Daragahi Los Angeles Times I know how religious the people in Iraq are, how traditional they are with... More

The Reign of the CPA

An effort to spin the war occasionally veered into the absurd

Patrick Cockburn The Independent (London) At a certain point, in 2003, I remember the exact moment the British had moved... More

In the Beginning

The early days of the Iraq war gave journalists freedom to report, but also hints of something darker

Dexter Filkins The New York Times If you look at the whole arc of this thing, it used to be... More

Assignment Iraq

A note from the editors

In the middle of 2003, not long after President Bush landed on the USS Abraham Lincoln in May to tell... More

Liberties and Ambiguities

As Iraq began to unravel

Chris Hondros Getty Images Once the fighting stopped, it seemed like the country was getting more pacified. By mid-April or... More

Reporting in Iraq

The mundane and the profound

Nir Rosen Freelance writer I met a young Iraqi guy [in April 2003], college student, secular Shia guy, very street-smart,... More

The Good News

The clamor for ‘positive’ stories didn’t fit the reality of Iraq

Anthony Shadid The Washington Post When I hear this term “good news” [that the press allegedly fails to report], I... More

Enemies and Civilians

How big stories could hide in plain sight

Anthony Shadid The Washington Post It was before Saddam’s capture. I think it was November 2003. I remember I was... More

The Embeds

What is gained, and what is lost

Dan Murphy The Christian Science Monitor Embedding is a fancy word for letting journalists go see what the military... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

Bloggingheads

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

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.