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What Are Newspapers Selling?

Time to mine the depth and knowledge niche

Hired by Sam Zell to find innovative ways to market Tribune’s newspapers, and for the moment, Abrams is among... More

David Isay At Columbia

StoryCorps founder on the art of the interview

Radio producer David Isay is the founder and executive director of the StoryCorps project, which collects and preserves oral American... More

Shankar Vedantam on Bias in Reporting

Washington Post reporter discusses how bias factors in reporting

Shankar Vedantam writes the Department of Human Behavior column at the Washington Post. On August 14, he spoke at the... More

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

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Bloggingheads

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

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