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The Fixer

A Q&A with the man in demand among Western journalists in Pakistan

Through three decades of war in neighboring Afghanistan, Pakistani journalist Rahimullah Yusufzai has been the ultimate fixer, the man foreign... More

Universal Blues

James Baldwin’s prose still speaks volumes about race, class, and America

The Cross of Redemption: Uncollected Writings | By James Baldwin | Pantheon Books | 320 pages, $26.95 To introduce The... More

Why We’re Suing

Let’s see those e-mails, governor

Today, the Columbia Journalism Review will file a lawsuit in an Albany court, seeking to compel New York state to... More

The Challenge of Verifying Crowdsourced Information

A better way to sift through a river of data

Shortly after a devastating earthquake struck Haiti in January, a small team of workers with Ushahidi, a project that enables... More

2010 APME Awards Announced

Here are the winning stories

The Associated Press Managing Editors (APME) has posted the winners of its 2010 contests. But we’ve got the links! Congratulations... More

Isolate at Your Own Peril

Journalists and media critics must increase their global expertise

CAIRO—Even if you deeply love journalism and you’re good at it, you might not be able to find a gainful... More

Lights, Camera, Fact Check!

We talk to the creators of the Web series FCU: Fact Checkers Unit

In the 1950s, NBC aired a show called the Adventures of Hiram Holliday. The titular hero was a geeky, Coke-bottle... More

Watching My Story Go Viral in Twenty-Four Hours

How Debrahlee Lorenzana became the banker heard ‘round the world

Earlier this summer, I was afforded an experience that is a dream for many journalists: a story I wrote went... More

Q & A: New York Times Reporter Michael Powell, Part Two

“As you continue to mature intellectually, you start to become much more comfortable in gray.”

The New York Times’s Michael Powell leapt from the metro pages to the business section this May—a place he never... More

The O’Reilly Factor

How the Fox host used raw corporate power to crush a critic

Whenever they say ‘it’s not about the money,’ it is about the money.” - Fred W. Friendly It was a... More

The Great Typo Hunt

Two friends, one summer, 400 error-ridden signs

It’s undoubtedly a small subset of people who could be described as “grammar vigilantes,” and it’s an even smaller slice... More

Q & A: New York Times Reporter Michael Powell

“My tendency is to want to go longer, to zig rather than zag.”

The New York Times’s Michael Powell leapt from the metro pages to the business section this May—a place he never... More

Summer Reading List Revisited

CJR’s summer reading list for journalists

Recently, we asked readers to recommend a book to members of the journalistic community for their summer vacations. Below, we... More

Editor’s Notebook: Great Possibilities

A new publisher’s arrival prompts a fresh case of optimism

My co-pilot at this magazine, Brent Cunningham, CJR’s managing editor/print, has a slightly darker view of this world than my... More

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

Chris Hondros: How He Got that Picture - From CJR’s Covering Iraq oral history

Beware journo-speak - Only journalists would call a tragedy a “mishap”

Will feminist writers save Playboy? - As Playboy’s safe-for-work site has passed the one-month mark, a look at the online media’s bedazzled reactions, and how the new image suits the old brand


Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

Newspapers prefer lesbians (Bloomberg)

In five states that just got gay marriage, the vast majority of local papers covered it with photos of women getting hitched

Bloggingheads

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

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