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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

How News Ombudsmen Can Make Themselves Essential

Five easy tips for the modern ombud

What do you tell a room filled with doomed journalists? When invited to deliver a keynote address at this year’s... More

Two Tone Deaf Defenses of Strauss-Kahn

There has, admittedly, been a sort of assumption of guilt from the media in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair—the brutal... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

Bloggingheads

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

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