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Behind the News

From Gumshoe to Google Wave

Investigative journalism goes multimedia

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—While investigative journalism still requires old-school skills like stakeouts, meetings with confidential sources, and painstaking scrutiny of documents obtained... More

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Delacorte Lecture with Peggy Northrop

Watch the Reader’s Digest editor’s Delacorte Lecture here

On March 10, 2010, Reader's Digest editor-in-chief Peggy Northrop delivered a Delacorte Lecture at the Columbia University Graduate School... More

The TAO of Journalism

A seal program promoting transparency, accountability, and openness

It started, as many things do in journalism, with a pen and paper. Close to three years ago at a... More

Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers

A clip from the recent CJR panel discussion

On March 16, 2010, the Columbia Journalism Review hosted a benefit performance of the play Top Secret: The Battle for... More

Bad News

Howard Rheingold sees a critical need for critical thinking

They went looking for crap, and by golly they found plenty of it. Students in Howard Rheingold’s journalism class at... More

State of the Media, By the Numbers

Seven notable stats from the Pew State of the Media report

The annual State of the Media report by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism was released this... More

Comments of the Week

March 8-12, 2010

At the end of each week, we excerpt some of the most insightful, articulate, interesting, and entertaining comments we’ve received... More

Le Nouvelliste Returns

Haiti’s oldest newspaper comes back to life

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Haiti’s oldest newspaper, Le Nouvelliste, is reviving gradually. The publication was out of action for more than a... More

Zonied Out

Adam Klawonn tried everything to make his journalism startup succeed. It wasn’t enough.

In 2006, Adam Klawonn cashed out his newspaper job vacation pay to reinvent himself as a digital journalist. He bought... More

“Rejuvenating American Journalism”

What the FTC will hear today from Robert McChesney

Among those who care about serious journalism, some are counting on an economic comeback that will bring sufficient media advertising... More

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Delacorte Lecture with Adam Pitluk

Watch the American Way editor’s Delacorte Lecture here

On February 24, 2010, American Way editor Adam Pitluk delivered a Delacorte Lecture at the Columbia University Graduate School... More

Comments of the Week

March 1-5, 2010

At the end of each week, we excerpt some of the most insightful, articulate, interesting, and entertaining comments we’ve received... More

Meet Retracto

Introducing Andrew Breitbart’s “correction alpaca”

Andrew Breitbart is well on his way to building an online media empire to call his own. I’d call him... More

Press Forward: Authority and Credibility

The latest entries in CJR’s “Press Forward: Dialogues on the Future of News” series

Who Says - Megan Garber on narrative authority in a fragmented world Trust Falls – Justin Peters on lessons from... More

The Perils of Reporting from Gaza

Gaza journalists hopeful that press freedoms will persist

On February 14 in the Gaza Strip, Hamas arrested Paul Martin, a British documentary filmmaker, on suspicions that Martin had... More

Why Obama’s statement on reporters’ arrests in Ferguson is hypocritical - The president defends reporters in Ferguson, but demands compliance from James Risen

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

First Look runs headlong into journalism’s two big problems - Growing pains at the Omidyar/Greenwald venture


Tour guide wars at a Paris cemetery (WSJ)

“Because dead men tell no tales, visitors to Père Lachaise cemetery lend their ears to Bertrand Beyern”

Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

Bloggingheads

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

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Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.