CJR and cjr.org are quite complementary, given CJR’s mission and the speed of change in the industry, broadly defined. The bimonthly magazine allows for longer form treatment of the issues, people, institutions, and technologies that are buffeting the industry and journalism in particular. “The Rise of Private News” in the July/August issue is a perfect example. For breaking news, cjr.org was the first to report that The Guardian approached WikiLeaks, not the other way around. CJR’s Web reporting on the fast moving, chatter-generating WikiLeaks story was arguably the best of any organization reporting on this game-changing event.
Who is CJR’s competition?
Like most thought-leader publishers, CJR’s biggest competitor is time. How do we make the magazine and Web site so compelling that they are must-read destinations? As far as other sources that comment on the media—I think many, many voices are useful, particularly in these revolutionary times. However, when the dust settles, it will be the trusted brands, which maintain their excellence and reader focus, that will come out intact.