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Hard lessons

Finding hope in the effort to reform America’s public schools

The desperate condition of many of America's urban schools is captured by an anecdote Ron Berler relates near the... More

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Holy mess

Lawrence Wright unpacks the mysteries of Scientology

In mid-January, The Atlantic, which famously pledged in 1857 to be "the organ of no party or clique," was... More

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Fast women

Phileas Fogg had nothing on pioneering female journalists Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland

Ah, stunt journalism. where would America's airport bookstores be without it? Let's see if I can read an entire... More

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Brief encounters

Short reviews of After Visiting Friends, The Art of Controversy, and Tupelo Man

After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story | By Michael Hainey | Scribner | 306 pages | $26 Robert C. Hainey... More

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The journalist and the politician

Former NYT reporter Arthur Krock had a long friendship with Joe Kennedy—and it showed in his coverage

Arthur Krock, one-time bureau chief and columnist for The New York Times, is an abject lesson in the temporality of... More

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Wilderness of Errol

Two heavyweights square off with new works on the Jeffrey MacDonald murder case

A Wilderness of Error: The Trials of Jeffrey MacDonald | By Errol Morris | Penguin Press | 544 pages |... More

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Motor City madman

Charlie LeDuff dissects his Detroit hometown

In recent years, a journalistic cottage industry has emerged around the collapse of once-vibrant Detroit, the implosion of the... More

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Fait inaccompli

Why the world failed to rebuild Haiti after the earthquake

On March 31, 2010, almost three months after an earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince, the capital city of the poorest nation... More

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Unfinished business

A new biography of photojournalist Tim Hetherington reflects on a too-short career

In recent years, as the American public has grown exhausted by news of war, it has become ever more... More

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Brief Encounters

Short reviews of A Journalist’s Diplomatic Mission and The Noir Forties

A Journalist's Diplomatic Mission: Ray Stannard Baker's World War I Diary | Edited with an introduction by John Maxwell Hamilton... More

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Must-reads of 2012: music

Singing in the new year

As 2012 draws to a close, CJR writers brainstormed the year's best reads in their beats. Grizzly Bear Members Are... More

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Q&A: Caitlin Moran tells it like it is

The foul-mouthed feminist’s new book comes out on Tuesday

British columnist Caitlin Moran exploded onto the US scene this past July when her feminist memoir/manifesto, How to Be... More

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Brief Encounters

Short reviews of Out of the News, The Way the World Works: Essays, and The Stammering Century

Out of the News: Former Journalists Discuss a Profession in Crisis | By Celia Viggo Wexler | McFarland & Company... More

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The future’s so bright …

How to save the world while paying people with beer and hugs

In early 2012, a musician named Amanda Palmer took to Kickstarter to ask her fans for $100,000. Palmer, a... More

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Color blind

When white men and three networks ruled the media, coverage of race was … better? Damn you, Internet!

Last summer, Gawker asked veteran news anchor Dan Rather to review Aaron Sorkin’s new television series The Newsroom. It... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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