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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

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

Alessandra Stanley’s troubling history of error

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

Is ISIS a faith-based terrorist group? - Journalists and scholars disagree about how much Islam, rather than politics and power, drives Muslim extremists

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

Why news organizations are abandoning the Redskins - The media mostly avoids Washington’s football team name


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

Poop and Pooches. That is all

A data viz reading list (Susan McGregor)

Useful resources for journalists

Video shows Mexican drug lord paying journalists for ‘good press’ (Fusion)

“This video suggests that organized crime is trying to buy off journalists, creating a new brand of narco-journalism”

Forest Service says media needs photography permit in wilderness areas, alarming First Amendment advocates (Oregonian)

“Under rules being finalized in November, a reporter who met a biologist, wildlife advocate or whistleblower alleging neglect in any of the nation’s 100 million acres of wilderness would first need special approval to shoot photos or videos even on an iPhone”

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.