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How social network verification can show us what we don’t know

We don’t know. Those are three difficult words for a journalist to say. For many, it's an admission of failure.... More

What Wadah Khanfar Did For Al Jazeera…

And what the sudden departure of the network’s managing director might mean for its future

From the very first moment I joined Al Jazeera in 2005 to lead the launch of the English channel’s Washington... More

Dear News Organizations: Stop Being Deadbeats

If you’ve promised to pay your freelancers, do it

If I paid my bills as slowly as many news organizations pay their freelancers, I’d be homeless, have a deactivated... More

Nigeria’s New FOIA

Reporters enjoy new freedoms in a long-repressive society

Journalism in Nigeria has never been easy work, and the new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which finally became law... More

Q&A: New NBC Correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin

“Part of me wants to speak to the global audience, and a part of me wants to speak to America”

This spring, just before he turned thirty-two, Ayman Mohyeldin’s contract with Al Jazeera was ending and he was faced with... More

Eight Simple Rules for Doing Accurate Journalism

Some new, some old, some wonderfully clichéd

It’s a cliché to say clichés exist for a reason. As journalists, we’re supposed to avoid them like the, um,... More

CJR Rewind: Hot Air

Why don’t TV weathermen believe in climate change?

This story, which recently won a Science in Society award from the National Association of Science Writers, originally ran in... More

CJR Rewind: Back to the Future

September 11th and the future of journalism

This article, by Andie Tucher, ran in our November 2001 issue. Back in August, when I agreed to write a... More

CJR Rewind: What I Saw On 9-11

“I wanted to record everything.”

Ten years ago, on September 11, 2001, Nicholas Spangler was a journalism student covering a primary election in downtown New... More

Calling Out a Source that Lied

The Memphis Commercial Appeal holds Schnucks accountable

As far as official denials go, it was clear and emphatic. Lori Willis, communications director of the Schnucks grocery chain,... More

Q&A: Beware the Gonzo Director Bryan Goluboff

“We want a talisman of these times, even in a digital age.”

Beware the Gonzo, the directorial debut of Bryan Goluboff (writer of The Basketball Diaries), stars Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Amy... More

What Might an ‘American World Service’ Look Like?

Building on Lee Bollinger’s call for a BBC-like service from the United States

It is time for the US to follow the example of other modern democracies and provide citizens with a government-supported,... More

Escape From Thailand

A simple story about plagiarism forced me to flee a country I love

Editors’ Note: this is a companion piece to the Darts & Laurels column that appears in the September/October 2011 issues... More

Escape From Thailand

A simple story about plagiarism forced me to flee a country I love

Editors’ Note: this is a companion piece to the Darts & Laurels column that appears in the September/October 2011 issue... More

Errors in Anytown, U.S.A.

Academic brings an anonymous newsroom’s corrections practices to light

Last spring, Kirstie Hettinga spent several months working two days a week as an unpaid intern at what she will... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

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

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