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Behind the News

Border Tales

Full version of the Jan/Feb 2011 magazine Q&A with Alfredo Corchado

As drug cartel and gang violence escalates, Mexico is becoming one of the most dangerous places in the world to... More

Media New Year’s Resolutions

What are your journalistic resolutions for 2011?

No point giving up dark chocolate, red wine, or blacker-than-black coffee. We're journalists. We'd last a week. Max. And exercise?... More

Best of 2010: Lauren Kirchner

Kirchner picks her top stories from 2010

This Headline May Be A Work of Art The New Museum’s exhibition “The Last Newspaper” featured collage, sculpture, and installations... More

The WikiLeaks Equation

Secrets, free speech, and the law

Call it the Year of WikiLeaks. From April 5, when the site posted a grainy video showing the death of... More

Playing Around

Ian Bogost and colleagues address the advantages and challenges of newsgames

Newsgames: Journalism at Play | By Ian Bogost, Simon Ferrari, and Bobby Schweizer | The MIT Press | 208 pages,... More

A Grim Update on “The Grim Sleeper”

The search for victims continues with the help of the press

The Darts & Laurels feature in our November/December issue recognized the excellent work that L.A. Weekly staff writer Christine Pelisek... More

Regret the Error’s Year in Review

The top quotes and takeaways from a year’s worth of columns

Close to fifty columns later, 2010 is coming to an end for Regret the Error. I spent this week looking... More

CJR’s New Board of Overseers

A new group to help set strategy and locate resources

The Columbia Journalism Review, which will enter its fiftieth year in 2011, has formed a Board of Overseers to help... More

Fair Game Director Doug Liman Responds to Judith Miller

“She’s got it wrong.”

Editor’s note: Last Thursday, Judith Miller penned a column for The Wall Street Journal in which she accused the new... More

We Are Not Alone: News Startup Community-Building

Launch Pad: Portland, Oregon

CJR’s “Launch Pad” feature invites new media publishers to blog about their experiences on the news frontier. Past columns by... More

Unopen to Failure

Openness and transparency will help news sites survive

CAIRO—Isolation begets trouble. Myanmar and North Korea are isolated failures. Unvisited shut-ins die earlier than those with frequent human contact.... More

RTE’s Error of the Year

And other highlights from the year in corrections, retractions, and apologia

It’s been a very stressful couple of weeks. Every year at this time, I publish the Year in Media Errors... More

The Sweet Smell of Failure (Or Success) At a News Startup

Launch pad: Portland, Oregon

CJR’s “Launch Pad” feature invites new media publishers to blog about their experiences on the news frontier. Past columns by... More

You, Too, Can Own a Piece of The Onion

“America’s Finest News Source” is now franchising out its printing biz

After twenty-two years, The Onion has decided to both get out of the print business and double down on print... More

Journalists Need to Do the Math

Numbers still make many watchdogs whimper

CAIRO—I tell my students that in addition to English they should learn two more languages: an in-demand foreign tongue, and... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

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

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