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Behind the News

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

The Atlantic Tweaks its Web Redesign

The site responds to complaints from its readers—and its own bloggers

At 1 a.m. last Friday, TheAtlantic.com rolled out a much-anticipated new redesign. By 4 p.m. Monday, the redesign had already... More

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Delacorte Lecture with Chris Dixon

Watch the New York art director’s Delacorte Lecture here

On February 17, 2010, New York art director Chris Dixon delivered a Delacorte Lecture at the Columbia University Graduate... More

Carlson Calling

Tucker Carlson talks about his new online enterprise

Earlier this year, Tucker Carlson’s already long and varied journalistic résumé added a new entry: Web impresario. In January, the... More

Magazines and Their Web Sites

A Columbia Journalism Review survey and report

CJR recently conducted a survey of standards and practices at magazine Web sites. The full report can be viewed here.... More

Comments of the Week

February 22-26, 2010

Every Friday, we excerpt some of the most insightful, articulate, interesting, and entertaining comments we’ve received that week. Think we’ve... More

The Counter-Plagiarism Handbook

Tips for writers and editors on how to avoid or detect journalistic plagiarism

Last week, I examined why news organizations aren’t using plagiarism detection services to root out literary thieves. Technology has a... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

Bloggingheads

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

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.