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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

The First Amendment to the Continents

Demands for global free speech don’t amount to imperialism

CAIRO—Traveling in the developing world, I’m regularly challenged over my defense of free speech. One Egyptian government sympathizer once told... 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


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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