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Critical Eye

Out of Africa

The raw and redemptive odyssey of a Burundian refugee

Strength in What Remains | By Tracy Kidder | Random House | 304 pages, $26 “The world is full of... More

Core Competencies

Alex Jones on why we must maintain the “iron core of news”

Losing the News: The Future of the News That Feeds Democracy | By Alex S. Jones | Oxford University Press... More

Asphalt Jungle

A fresh look at a monumental smackdown over urban renewal

Wrestling With Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took on New York’s Master Builder and Transformed the American City | By Anthony... More

“Malaise” Maligned

A look back at Jimmy Carter’s ill-fated speech

'What the Heck Are You Up To, Mr. President?': Jimmy Carter, America's 'Malaise,' and the Speech that Should Have Changed... More

The Art of Listening

Pete Hamill chats about the joys of A.J. Liebling

With his phenomenal ear and rococo prose--not to mention the sort of wit that can still leave a reader helpless... More

A Lapdog in Wolffe’s Clothing

One journalist’s fawning account of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign

Renegade: The Making of a President | By Richard Wolffe | Crown | $26, 368 pages Last month, Politico’s Ben... More

Pilgrims or Progress?

A Harper’s editor’s stint as a cultural virologist

And Then There's This: How Stories Live and Die in Viral Culture | By Bill Wasik | Viking Press |... More

Where Credit Is Due

A Financial Times reporter explores how a JP Morgan invention spurred the financial crisis

Fool's Gold: How the Bold Dream of a Small Tribe at J.P. Morgan Was Corrupted by Wall Street Greed and... More

Hand Crafted

Can a return to manual labor fix our ailing economy?

Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work | By Matthew B. Crawford | The Penguin Press... More

With God On Our Side

Reza Aslan redraws the line in the sand

How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization, and the End of the War on Terror By Reza Aslan |... More

Polar Distress

Cass Sunstein on the dynamics of extremism

Going to Extremes: How Like Minds Unite and Divide By Cass R. Sunstein | Oxford University Press | 208 pages,... More

Channel Surfing in Riyadh

The combustible politics and morphing media of the Middle East

The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday: Unexpected Encounters in the Changing Middle East By Neil... More

Harrison Redux

The resurrection of a pioneering cultural journalist

Book reviewers for newspapers write the first draft of cultural history. Or so we tell ourselves, at times, to lift... More

High and Outside

The author of Generation Kill chronicles the lost tribes of America

Evan Wright won himself a mass audience with Generation Kill (2004), which expanded on the Iraqi reportage he had done... More

Married to the Military

Opposites attract in this ex-stripper’s memoir of army life

I Love a Man in Uniform: A Memoir of Love, War, and Other Battles By Lily Burana | Weinstein Books... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

Bloggingheads

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

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Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.