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Behind the News

Unopen to Failure

Openness and transparency will help news sites survive

CAIRO—Isolation begets trouble. Myanmar and North Korea are isolated failures. Unvisited shut-ins die earlier than those with frequent human contact.... More

RTE’s Error of the Year

And other highlights from the year in corrections, retractions, and apologia

It’s been a very stressful couple of weeks. Every year at this time, I publish the Year in Media Errors... More

The Sweet Smell of Failure (Or Success) At a News Startup

Launch pad: Portland, Oregon

CJR’s “Launch Pad” feature invites new media publishers to blog about their experiences on the news frontier. Past columns by... More

You, Too, Can Own a Piece of The Onion

“America’s Finest News Source” is now franchising out its printing biz

After twenty-two years, The Onion has decided to both get out of the print business and double down on print... More

Journalists Need to Do the Math

Numbers still make many watchdogs whimper

CAIRO—I tell my students that in addition to English they should learn two more languages: an in-demand foreign tongue, and... More

Q&A: Blur Author Tom Rosenstiel

On verification and critical thinking in the new, open journalistic era

In their 2001 book, The Elements of Journalism Tom Rosenstiel and Bill Kovach list ten fundamental principles (“elements”) that make... More

Al Balk, 1969—1973

CJR’s second editor

Alfred Balk, the second editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, died in November at the age of eighty. Al, like... More

Close Encounters of the Media Kind

NASA press release leads to wild speculation about alien discovery

Over the last two days, bloggers at a few of the country’s top news outlets have engaged in wild and... More

Startup Rocket Science

Technical specs for a modern journalism business

CJR’s “Launch Pad” feature invites new media publishers to blog about their experiences on the news frontier. Past columns by... More

Opening Shot

In an election season, the press must sort fact from fiction and follow the money

The midterm election season produced stories that tested journalism’s ability to do what it must during political campaigns: sort fact... More

The Power of the Drones

Inside Slate’s efforts to crowdsource good ideas

People have to be damn committed to an idea to attend an event about it on a Monday night, even... More

How to Tackle the Sales Demon

Launch Pad: Portland, Oregon

CJR’s “Launch Pad” feature invites new media publishers to blog about their experiences on the news frontier. Past columns by... More

Has Tunisia Mesmerized Journalists?

Tunisia is one of the world’s worst places for journalists—but you wouldn’t know it

Tunis, Tunisia—The first time I heard the word “Tunisia” was as a child watching The Cosby Show. In one episode,... More

The Authenticity Contest

Knight News Challenge solicits authenticity-related projects

Accuracy is hot stuff these days, let me tell you. On Wednesday, Thomas Friedman of The New York Times dedicated... More

Haiti Coverage and “Disaster Porn”

Cholera epidemic offers convenient B-roll for nightly newscasts

Last month I was reporting a story on the opening of a mango warehouse in Haiti’s countryside when a fellow... 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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