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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

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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