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Behind the News

Dude, Where’s My Link?

Ian Shapira, fair use, and “The Death of Journalism (Gawker Edition)”

Ian Shapira's essay in yesterday's Washington Post does what good journalism is meant to do: it puts a human face... More

Lessons Learned from “Wafergate”

When bad editing happens to good reporters

People are calling it Wafergate, which makes it sound silly. But underlying this story is a major mistake by a... More

I Heard It While in Grapevine

Stories abound at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference

It was 3:24 a.m. in room 617 at the Hilton in Grapevine, Texas, the sort of cushy, two-pooled joint that... More

We Just Don’t Know: An Interview with Jonathan Glick

There may be a future for the news business, but it’s going to be unrecognizable

In the early 1990s, Jonathan Glick, a programmer and news enthusiast, approached The New York Times about taking the paper... More

Wrong, Wrong, Wrong, Wrong, Wrong, Wrong

Alessandra Stanley’s troubling history of error

Alessandra Stanley has fallen back into old habits. This week, the New York Times television critic was responsible for a... More

The Magazinist

Close reading the July 2009 issue of Reason

Every now and then, CJR’s Magazinist delivers an opinionated look at the journals of opinion. Discovering Japan The cover story... More

The Last of the Newsmen

Walter Cronkite and the way it was

TV news anchors, and any other journalists who aspire to be trusted in the way that Walter Cronkite was trusted,... More

Walter Cronkite, the Last Newsman

Remembering the Way It Was

TV news anchors, and any other journalists who aspire to be trusted in the way that Walter Cronkite was trusted... More

Reuters Opens its Kimono

Wire service makes reporting handbook freely available online

Dean Wright recently printed out a copy of the Reuters Handbook of Journalism—all 500-plus pages of it. Yesterday he used... More

The Chicago Tribune, the Cubs, and Me

TribCo is selling the Chicago Cubs. Steve Daley was there when they bought in

The week I went to work as a sports columnist for the Chicago Tribune in 1981 was the week the... More

Test Mike

Test subhed

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. More

A Kind of Victory

Remembering the war in El Salvador and what it cost journalism

Early one morning in El Salvador’s provincial capital of San Francisco Gotera this past March, the crack of a gunshot—or... More

The Copy Editing Equation

Fewer copy editors + fewer reporters + more work = trouble

As far as arithmetic goes, it’s a pretty simple equation. “Fewer Copy Editors, More Errors,” declared the headline over the... More

Salons Under Scrutiny

Examining the ethics of sponsored, off-the-record events

“The newsletter’s mailing list is used to draw subscribers to closed-door ‘seminars’ in Washington twice a year at which top... More

How CJR Breaks Bread

Full disclosure on a private event

Since the Columbia Journalism Review is trying today (in a piece posted here) to sort through distinctions about what is... 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


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”

Lessons from factchecking, and the limits of journalism (Feministing)

“Fact-checking taught me a lot, and here’s one thing I learned: One of the main purposes of fact-checking is to correct journalism’s bias toward a ‘good story’ above all else”

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