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What a Year!

A foreign editor looks back in wonder at 2011

On a weekend last January I sent Alex Marquardt, our newly minted Mideast correspondent, to cover a protest in Egypt.... More

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Shouldn’t TV news outlets be clearer about offering pay-for-play?

One of the most disturbing trends in local TV news is the persistence of “pay for play”—when local TV newscasts... More

Best of 2011: Erika Fry

From Romenesko to rich men, Fry picks her top CJR stories from the past year

Escape from Thailand This was my personal account of fleeing Thailand in 2010—yes, that tropical paradise known as the Land... More

Best of 2011: Joel Meares

From Jerry Brown to James O’Keefe, Meares picks his top CJR stories from the past year

The Cancer Report: I’ve written a fair bit about people who blog through their grief and sickness (not for CJR)... More

Best of 2011: Dean Starkman

The Audit’s head honcho picks his top CJR stories from the past year

Confidence Game: The limited vision of the news gurus: The landmark 8,000-word essay that upended the future-of-news debate. The Hole... More

Letters Man

Why the letters-to-the-editor section shouldn’t become a forum for flacks

In May 2011, the alt-weekly New Haven Advocate, which I edit, ran a story about the rising cost of rent... More

Best of 2011: Alysia Santo

Santo picks her top CJR stories from the past year

Occupy Wall Street’s Media Team: I spent the day walking and talking with the bloggers, livestreamers, and tweeters in the... More

Protecting Journalists in Worldwide Danger Zones

When international protocols fall short

This month marks the five-year anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption of Security Council Resolution 1738, which obliges nations to... More

The Hole In FON Theory

Continuing the discussion about the future of news with Clay Shirky

I thank Clay Shirky and other posters for their responses to “Confidence Game: the limited vision of the news... More

The Great Teacher of Journalists: Kim Jong-il

How the Dear Leader was (and was not) like your editor

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il has died. A couple of days, perhaps, after the Dear Leader passed, the state news... More

A Presidential Debate Abroad?

An argument for holding a foreign policy debate in a foreign country

Every fourth fall, more Americans watch presidential debates than just about any other live event in the US but the... More

Univision

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Reader Reforms

Plagiarizing magazine turns a new page

In October, I wrote about the most ridiculous (and egregious) case of editorial malpractice I’d ever seen. Reader Magazine, of... More

Winter Reading Club

What are some books that journalists should read this winter?

Every year around this time, we ask our readers to recommend some books that journalists might enjoy reading during the... More

The Truth about Public Untruths

Are journalists and others equipped to beat back the lies?

What’s to be done with lying liars and the lies they tell journalists and the public? This is a topic... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

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

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