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How an economic weather map changed the climate

Washington , D.C., 2014—The economic weather map, which started out as a gimmick, changed everything. It showed us how the... More

The New Niche

How tax incentives and technology came to the rescue

Washington, D.C., 2014—By 2009, we were at an impasse. The news business—newspapers in particular—was collapsing, and there was no obvious... More

No Profit, No Problem

How a new city daily (on newsprint!) rolled

San Francisco, 2014—With the collapse of the business model undergirding the tradition of muckraking journalism—and the double-digit profit margins it... More

Rise of the Reader

How books got wings

New York, 2014—Back in 2009, the headlines about book sales and the future of the publishing industry looked about as... More

Two Tents

How Politico might work out. Or not.

ARLINGTON, VA, 2014—The quirky assignment handed down by CJR’s editors—to imagine the future as though observing the past—brings to mind... More

Get Off the Bus

The future of pro-am journalism

Standing before a fawning crowd at a private fundraiser in San Francisco last April, Senator Barack Obama’s usually finely calibrated... More

Suffering in Silence

Ground Zero’s other victims

Even now, more than seven years later, images of that day remain frightfully raw, in large measure because a legion... More

Good Morning, Postville!

An unlikely thorn in Agriprocessors’ side

As a new work week began in Postville, Iowa, last November, Jeff Abbas, with his bushy gray beard and ample... More

Opening India

The world’s largest democracy finally has an FOI law—so why have journalists been slow to embrace it?

In October, community activists from around India gathered at the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library in New Delhi to celebrate... More

What We Learned In the Meltdown

Financial journalists saw some trees but not the forest. Now what?

One day in June 2005, my colleague Nell Henderson and I hiked over to the Bond Market Association to get... More

Hung Out to Dry

The national-security press dug up the dirt, but Congress wilted

In November and December 2005, The Washington Post and The New York Times published two groundbreaking national-security stories that revealed... More

A See-Through Society

How the Web is opening up our democracy

It may be a while before the people who run the U.S. House of Representatives’ Web service forget the week... More

What We Didn’t Know Has Hurt Us

The Bush administration was pathological about secrecy. Here’s what needs to be undone after eight dark years—and why it won’t be easy.

Advocates for open and transparent government are quick to note that no American presidential administration has, in practice, been enthusiastic... More

Re-thinking Objectivity

In a world of spin, our awkward embrace of an ideal can make us passive recipients of the news

In his March 6 press conference, in which he laid out his reasons for the coming war, President Bush mentioned... 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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