Thursday, July 31, 2014. Last Update: Wed 2:50 PM EST

Behind the News

touringJeddah.jpg

Big kingdom, small window

Adventures with the Ministry of Information
in Saudi Arabia

Saudi medical students meet the press. Photo by Christa Case Bryant/The Christian Science Monitor During the eight years I... More

zeitgeist2012.jpg

2012: the year in review, according to your Google searches

“A blend of guilty pleasures and higher pursuits”

Google jazzed up its twelfth end-of-year list, released last Thursday, with an interactive map that showed the global distribution of... More

engagementonline.jpg

Online story comments affect news perception

Buttressed by editorial oversight and streamlined by redesign, online comment sections may now, more than ever, color reading of the news

Last month, after Hurricane Sandy struck, I published a story about climate science. Divisive issues swirling around global warming tend... More

reddit.jpg

I am a journalist; ask me anything

Media figures are flocking to Reddit to converse with fans

On Wednesday, Chris Anderson, the ex-EIC of Wired, went on Reddit and told users to ask him anything. On Monday,... More

euro_crisis.jpg

Europe’s newspapers are dying too

The implosion of the newspaper industry, long a dreaded topic in the US, has finally hit the continent

The staff of Financial Times Deutschland appeared on the back page of the newspaper on Friday, in a deep bow.... More

oatmeal.jpg

The limits of Internet research

“Rule number one of the Web: You don’t mess with The Oatmeal”

Internet research helped Buzzfeed contributor Jack Stuef unmask @ComfortablySmug, the Twitter account that earned ire for posting false information during... More

derekjeter.jpg

Stories I’d like to see

Athletes’ charities; American lawyers and Bangladesh’s sweatshops; the fate of workplace screwups

In his weekly “Stories I’d like to see” columnist, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion,... More

niagara.jpg

‘I don’t pretend to be an experienced journalist in all the traditional ways’

A small weekly’s approach to journalism toes the ethical line

The Niagara Falls Reporter is in the news again. The attention has dramatically increased the free weekly’s readership. It has... More

waveoffice2.jpg

NY community papers struggle post-Sandy

Small papers were washed away when their readers most needed them, and they’re still recovering

The Wave offices, post-Hurricane Sandy. Photo credit: Henry Gass During Hurricane Sandy, the offices of The Wave, a community newspaper... More

lcdictionary.jpg

Post Industrial Journalism: Adapting to the Present

A report by Emily Bell, CW Anderson, and Clay Shirky has just been released

Today we publish our report, “Post Industrial Journalism: Adapting to the Present” from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at... More

Babou.11.20,12.jpg

Translating America, into Wolof

How a radio host explains US politics to Senegalese listeners in New York and Africa

At about 7:30 p.m. on election day, as Dame Babou waited for the returns at Londel’s Restaurant in Harlem, he... More

WaPo for Marcus.jpg

Martin Baron’s plans for WaPo

Will he bring the Globe’s double-site strategy to the Post?

Boston Globe editor Martin Baron will be The Washington Post's new executive editor come January 2013, replacing Marcus Brauchli. Three... More

ipad.jpg

Stories I’d like to see

Ad technolology that may threaten newspapers; winners and losers of the fiscal cliff

In his weekly “Stories I’d like to see” column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion,... More

tom_casey.jpeg

A reporter is fired; colleagues quit in protest

The Hudson Register-Star reporter refused to include information in his story

On November 8, Tom Casey, a reporter at the Hudson Register-Star, a community paper in upstate New York, wrote an... More

gaza.jpg

Israeli airstrikes hit Gazan media facilities

At least six employees were wounded

On Sunday morning, Israel’s warplanes attacked two media centers as part of its current military offensive against Gaza. The first... 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

  • If you like the magazine, get the rest of the year for just $19.95 (6 issues in all).
  • If not, simply write cancel on the bill and return it. You will owe nothing.

Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.