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Behind the News

Q&A with FCC Report Head Writer Steve Waldman, Part Two

“Rather than doing it ‘once more with feeling,’ let’s try something new.”

Two weeks ago, the FCC released its long-awaited, 365-page report, “The Information Needs of Communities.” The report’s chief writer, Steve... More

Q&A with FCC Report Head Writer Steve Waldman, Part One

“We actually have to pay attention to this and if we don’t, there are going to be severe consequences.”

Two weeks ago, the FCC released its long-awaited, 365-page report, “The Information Needs of Communities.” The report’s chief writer,... More

The Backfire Effect

More on the press’s inability to debunk bad information

Which of these headlines strikes you as the most persuasive: “I am not a Muslim, Obama says.” “I am a... More

Gawker’s Rebound

It's been more than six months since sales chief Chris Batty left Gawker Media as Nick Denton decided he was... More

More Reactions to FCC Report

Critics split on whether government should do more or less

The FCC released its staff report, “Information Needs of Communities,” last Thursday and industry and advocacy groups were quick to... More

Writing The War On Drugs

Why do so few American papers report on the trade in their backyard?

What if American law enforcement agents arrested more than six hundred drug dealing suspects in more than twenty cities across... More

No Room for Discussion at FCC Report Panel

Waldman re-presents his report at Columbia J-School

Columbia University’s J-School and the FCC hosted a panel today to coincide with yesterday’s release of the Commission’s “Information Needs... More

Heavy On Problems, Light On Solutions: The FCC Report Has Landed

A quick look at the “disappointing” recommendations

In some three hundred and sixty odd pages, the FCC’s long-awaited Future of News “Information Needs of Communities” report... More

Times’s Jill Abramson: Dog Nut, Norse Deity

The profiles are rolling in

Almost a week after The New York Times announced that executive editor Bill Keller was stepping down and Jill... More

Cathryn Cronin Cranston

An obituary for CJR’s publisher

The staff of the Columbia Journalism Review is deeply sorry to report the death of our publisher, Cathryn Cranston, who... More

Bill Keller’s Long War Legacy

The defining story of eight years leading the Times.

Bill Keller, who has served as The New York Times’s executive editor since July 2003, is stepping down—and an era... More

Q&A: Joel Simon On CPJ’s “Impunity Index” and Violence Against Journalists

“For a long time, the threat was sort of a badge of honor. ‘Yeah, I got a threat, I must be getting to them.’”

On Wednesday, the Committee to Protect Journalists released its fourth annual Impunity Index—a ranking of countries determined by the... More

A Look at the Arab Blogosphere

Birth pangs of a new Middle East?

Many of the estimated 35,000 bloggers in the Arab world have carved out reputations as online watchdogs on governments, in... More

“Death Panels” Report Reaches Depressing Conclusions

The media is ineffective at dispelling false rumors

Harold Camping was wrong about the rapture happening this past weekend, but it’s unlikely he’ll ever admit to being wrong... More

What’s So Wrong With ‘Parachute Journalism’?

Nothing, if your ruck is packed with research

CAIRO—I’m an avid parachutist, though I’ve never jumped from a plane. A “parachute journalist” is a reporter who drops into... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

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

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

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


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”

Lessons from factchecking, and the limits of journalism (Feministing)

“Fact-checking taught me a lot, and here’s one thing I learned: One of the main purposes of fact-checking is to correct journalism’s bias toward a ‘good story’ above all else”

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