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Editorial

Editor’s Note

News about an upcoming web series on digital journalism, “The Story So Far”

his is a full issue and, we hope you agree, a good one. we invite you to read every word,... More

Members Only

Two cheers for high-cost subscription journalism

ashington beckons as a land of opportunity for journalists today, at least in the realm of high-cost subscription news. We’re... More

Beyond the Facts

A partisan era requires a vigorous press

he voters have seated a new House of Representatives with an agenda dramatically at odds with that of the president,... More

Editor’s Note

Some announcements about CJR as we begin our fiftieth year

his month we begin our fiftieth year. The Columbia Journalism Review made its first appearance back in the fall of... More

Editor’s Note

Congratulations to our CJR editors for their book deals and promotions

n the future, I am asking everyone on CJR’s staff to hide their light under a bushel. Otherwise, people may... More

Escape the Silos

How the press can help rebuild the American conversation

n his wonderful book, The Earl of Louisiana, A. J. Liebling takes many a detour on his way to explaining... More

What We’ve Sown

The nation needs better coverage of the Farm Bill

he debate over the 2012 Farm Bill is already under way. Collin Peterson, the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee,... More

Shield Abuse

A bogus argument stretches a good law to the breaking point

e like shield laws. They encourage the flow of information by allowing reporters to promise anonymity to sources, without fear... More

The Hands That Feed

Managing conflicts of interest in the era of nonprofit journalism

he need to manage real and perceived conflicts of interest, and the self-censorship that can accompany them, has always been... More

The Unconquered

A grassroots effort to keep journalism’s mission alive

n late October 2005, Dan Grech returned home to Miami after two months spent covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina... More

More Than a Job

The emotional toll of journalism’s ‘transition’

he American Newsroom photograph in our January/February 2009 issue is of a Pittsburgh Post-Gazettereporter seated at a desk that groans... More

A Helping Hand

The case for (smart) government support of journalism

hen in September President Obama said he would be “happy to look” at congressional proposals designed to help the beleaguered... More

Truth? Yes, Sir!

Why we need a clearer view of both our wars

General William Tecumseh Sherman, like a number of military leaders through history, despised journalists. Tom Curley, president and CEO of... More

The Grave Dancer’s Folly

Blaming newspapers for their plight is a waste of precious time

Despite the tedious posturing of both Web triumphalists (Jeff Jarvis to the Newspaper Association of America: “You blew it!”) and... More

All Together Now

Journalism’s collaborative future

Over the last year, a number of news outlets have done what has traditionally been anathema to journalists: collaborate with... 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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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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