Presidential debates in the United States are often decried as scripted, meaningless theater. The contests do, though, feature spontaneity and tension, which is why tens of millions of Americans watch, and also why campaigns spend weeks preparing for the showdowns. The debate during which the candidates customarily grapple with America’s place in the world would be slightly more meaningful if it were held in a worldlier place.
Behind the News
12:18 PM - December 20, 2011
A Presidential Debate Abroad?
An argument for holding a foreign policy debate in a foreign country
‘See you on the other side’ - Meet Jessica Lum, a terminally ill 25-year-old who chose to spend what little time she had practicing journalism
#Realtalk: This is the best moment to be in journalism - The old stuff isn’t coming back, but that’s okay
Streams of consciousness - Millennials expect a steady diet of quick-hit, social-media-mediated bits and bytes. What does that mean for journalism?
Sticking with the truth - How ‘balanced’ coverage helped sustain the bogus claim that childhood vaccines can cause autism
An ink-stained stretch - Can Aaron Kushner save the Orange County Register—and the newspaper industry?
How much of Rosen’s trouble is of his own making?
Cat Fall: A modern tragedy
Max Fisher and the problem with foreign-affairs blogging
“I hope my nudity doesn’t bother you. We’re completely committed to openness here”
David Foster Wallace’s 2005 Kenyon commencement speech as a short film
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.