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Critical Eye

Jonathan Raban Takes the Scenic Route

A review of Driving Home, the essayist’s latest collection

Driving Home: An American Journey | By Jonathan Raban | Pantheon Books | 496 pp, $29.95 It’s a shame that... More

Failures of Vision

Errol Morris interrogates photography’s place in the public imagination

Believing is Seeing: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography | by Errol Morris | The Penguin Press | 336 pages,... More

Fletch (1985)

Getting the story, one quip at a time

Irwin Fletcher, Fletch to his friends, is an investigative reporter for a Los Angeles newspaper. He writes his columns under... More

Tracing the Roots of Modern Conservatism

Remembering the legacies of Thomas Dewey and Robert Taft

The Roots of Modern Conservatism: Dewey, Taft, and the Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party | By Michael... More

Call Northside 777 (1948)

Real journalism is too boring for the movies

In an early scene of the 1948 film Call Northside 777, Jimmy Stewart, who plays a reporter at the Chicago... More

The Parallax View (1974)

(Sometimes) Good Guys Finish Last: Pakula’s sober counterpoint to All The President’s Men

It’s the Fourth of July in Seattle. We’re on the scene with Lee Carter, a young television reporter, who is... More

Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)

What happened to TV news?

The marketing team behind Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), a biopic of Edward R. Murrow set largely amid the... More

Newsies (1992)

“Headlines don’t sell papes; newsies sell papes”

Before Christian Bale became Batman, he was Jack Kelly, a newspaper boy with a dream in his heart and calluses... More

Ace in the Hole (1951)

What a sixty-year-old noir can tell us about the Murdoch hacking scandal

I’ve got Murdoch on the brain, but I couldn’t help thinking about the News of the World scandal while watching... More

Searching for D.B. Cooper

Geoffrey Gray joins the hunt for the vanishing bandit

Skyjack: The Hunt for D.B. Cooper| By Geoffrey Gray | Crown | 302 pages, $25.00 In the winter of 1971,... More

Your Summer Movie Picks

Journalism-themed films recommended by CJR’s readers

Through these difficult times for journalism we could all use a little inspiration and a little fun. How about a... More

Almost Famous (2000)

Who’s afraid of Rolling Stone?

Beware, beware, Rolling Stone magazine... Music, inarguably, is the hero, the emotional engine in Almost Famous, the Cameron Crowe-written, -directed... More

The Big Clock (1948)

A murderous publisher’s corporate noir

The Big Clock begins, as all stories about a desperate journalist ought to, with a drunken night. Charles Stroud, a... More

Absence of Malice (1981)

When bad journalism kills

When I was a student in journalism school, in the beginning of my first semester, one of the professors of... More

The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)

A group of hollow career fetishists and a moralizing dwarf

At the 1983 Academy Awards, a four-foot-nine dynamo of a New York stage actress named Linda Hunt took home the... 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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