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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

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When McGovern met Mailer

Revisiting an unjustly forgotten account of the 1972 political conventions

When former U.S. Senator George McGovern died in late October, he was valorized as the rare decent man working in... More

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Fact-checking at The New Yorker

An excerpt from The Art of Making Magazines

Last month, Columbia Journalism Review Books and Columbia University Press released The Art of Making Magazines: On Being an Editor... More

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New Yorker writers dish about their craft

An event with The Moth saw writers telling “tales out of school”

The New Yorker Festival brought back its collaboration with The Moth again on Friday for “Tales out of School 4,”... More

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Review: Dennis Drabelle’s The Great American Railroad War

How Frank Norris and Ambrose Bierce helped keep a crooked railroad honest

The Great American Railroad War: How Ambrose Bierce and Frank Norris Took on the Notorious Central Pacific Railroad | By... More

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Review: The Year of the Gadfly

A teenage journalist finds herself in Jennifer Miller’s resonant first novel

The Year of the Gadfly | By Jennifer Miller | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | 384 pages, $24.00 “Even Edward R.... More

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Behind Big Oil, the original big business

A review of Steve Coll’s Private Empire

Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power | By Steve Coll | Penguin Press HC | 704 pages, $36 When the... More

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Required skimming: literary criticism

Keep abreast of what the bookish thinkers are thinking

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers' beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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Q&A: Confront and Conceal author David Sanger

“There’s nothing ‘childish’ about raising issues of great public import”

Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power | By David E. Sanger | Crown |... More

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How the US captured the real 9/11 mastermind

Terry McDermott and Josh Meyer take us deep inside the hunt for KSM

The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed | By Terry... More

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Edward Luce charts America’s decline

Is the United States past its prime?

Time to Start Thinking: America in the Age of Descent | By Edward Luce | Atlantic Monthly Press | 291... More

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America’s forgotten war

Historian Troy Bickham revisits the War of 1812

The Weight of Vengeance: The United States, the British Empire, and the War of 1812 | By Troy Bickham |... More

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Douglas Brinkley talks Cronkite

An interview with the legendary newsman’s biographer

In Cronkite, his hefty new biography, author and historian Douglas Brinkley tackles the “most trusted man in America,” as newsman... More

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news


The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”

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.