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Behind the News

Times’s Jill Abramson: Dog Nut, Norse Deity

The profiles are rolling in

Almost a week after The New York Times announced that executive editor Bill Keller was stepping down and Jill... More

Cathryn Cronin Cranston

An obituary for CJR’s publisher

The staff of the Columbia Journalism Review is deeply sorry to report the death of our publisher, Cathryn Cranston, who... More

Bill Keller’s Long War Legacy

The defining story of eight years leading the Times.

Bill Keller, who has served as The New York Times’s executive editor since July 2003, is stepping down—and an era... More

Q&A: Joel Simon On CPJ’s “Impunity Index” and Violence Against Journalists

“For a long time, the threat was sort of a badge of honor. ‘Yeah, I got a threat, I must be getting to them.’”

On Wednesday, the Committee to Protect Journalists released its fourth annual Impunity Index—a ranking of countries determined by the... More

A Look at the Arab Blogosphere

Birth pangs of a new Middle East?

Many of the estimated 35,000 bloggers in the Arab world have carved out reputations as online watchdogs on governments, in... More

“Death Panels” Report Reaches Depressing Conclusions

The media is ineffective at dispelling false rumors

Harold Camping was wrong about the rapture happening this past weekend, but it’s unlikely he’ll ever admit to being wrong... More

What’s So Wrong With ‘Parachute Journalism’?

Nothing, if your ruck is packed with research

CAIRO—I’m an avid parachutist, though I’ve never jumped from a plane. A “parachute journalist” is a reporter who drops into... More

How News Ombudsmen Can Make Themselves Essential

Five easy tips for the modern ombud

What do you tell a room filled with doomed journalists? When invited to deliver a keynote address at this year’s... More

Two Tone Deaf Defenses of Strauss-Kahn

There has, admittedly, been a sort of assumption of guilt from the media in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair—the brutal... More

Why Law and Journalism Schools Need to Work Together

To give reporters the legal assistance they need

It began with a phone call asking for help. A reporter friend in New York needed to see some sealed... More

Notes on Faked Photos

Bin Laden’s death shows the possibilities for manipulation are endless

Consider three images from the last couple of weeks: 1. President Barack Obama finishes his address announcing the killing of... More

An Economic Case for More Women in Global Journalism

Gender inequality isn’t just a social issue

CAIRO—In the last decade, gender rights advocates have, to notable success, made the argument that welcoming women into workforces and... More

Obama Osama bin Laden Is Dead”

The Osama/Obama error is an international phenomenon

Of all the mistaken headlines, verbal gaffes, and erroneous tweets that resulted from the Sunday announcement that Osama Bin Laden... More

A Tight Deadline, 4,000 Words, Then Ten Years of Waiting

A Q&A with Kate Zernike, Osama bin Laden’s obituarist for the NYT

When the news of Osama bin Laden’s death broke on Sunday night, every night editor’s dream—or nightmare—came true at The... More

How State-Funded TV Stations Covered the Osama News

A look at Russia Today, Press TV, France 24, and others

Around the world, state-funded satellite TV stations—like Russia Today (RT), Iran’s Press TV, China’s CCTV, France 24 and Al Jazeera—are... More

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

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

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’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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