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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

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 of... 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

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 School... 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

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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