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Editorial

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Aggregated assault

Whose work is it, anyway? A plea for standards.

“There’s nothing new under the sun.” Thus spake my high-school teacher, then nearing retirement, and if I remembered nothing... More

Editor in Chief’s Note

CJR’s 50th birthday party continues

Perhaps the best thing about turning 50 is that people tend to toss you more than one party. Christie Hefner,... More

Editor in Chief’s Note

Congrats and goodbye to deputy editor Clint Hendler, and a call for photos of journalists on the job

Although ’tis the season to look ahead, it’s time to say thank you to someone whose name is disappearing from... More

Show us the Money

Broadcasters and the FCC need to get political ad data online

The Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision unleashed a torrent of campaign spending, the impact of which we are... More

In the Dark

The campaign to weaken campaign-finance disclosure laws

Journalists are big believers in the First Amendment; its legal force undergirds the fearless journalism that democracy requires. But... More

Executive Editor’s Note

Welcome Cyndi Stivers, our new editor in chief

This is the first issue of the Columbia Journalism Review’s second half century, and already you’ll find a significant change... More

Chairman’s Note

As I write this, every day seems to yield a new story about something called Occupy Wall Street. I have... More

Editor’s Note

This is a handsome issue, no? Two entities are responsible for that. The first is Point Five Design, our art... More

Why a Review of Journalism?

The arguments for a critical journal far outweigh the hazards

hat journalism needs, it has been said time and again, is more and better criticism. There have been abundant... More

The Complications of our Age

What we want is a journalism to match them

When the idea of a publication to be called the Columbia Journalism Review first came up, our founding editor... More

Size Matters

News Corp.’s corruption would matter less if it weren’t so big

In the August 8 issue of New York magazine, the columnist Frank Rich suggests this takeaway from the News... More

Editor’s Note

The best of “Second Read”; CJR’s new book

Two redesigns ago, in 2004, the Columbia Journalism Review launched a back-of-the-book feature called Second Read that has proved immensely... More

The Kitchen-Table Connection

How to find—and serve—readers beyond Washington

oward the end of last year, The Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery advised her readers that “a surprisingly broad consensus... More

Editor’s Note

CJR’s Joel Meares wins a Mirror Award; goodbye to our 2010-2011 fellows

rizes—oh, how we love ‘em! CJR’s Joel Meares has taken home our latest: a win in the Best Profile/Digital Media... More

Lift the Shroud

Why we need Al Jazeera English

or most of the last decade, when Americans heard mention of Al Jazeera, the Arabic language Qatar-based satellite news... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

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.