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How American journalists covered torture after 9/11

Coverage of the brutal practice was played down in print and on airwaves

Editors’ note: Torture, and specifically the US government’s use of it, is back in the news. The Senate Intelligence Committee... More

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From the archives: The Times and the Jews

A vocal segment of American Jewry has long believed that the paper has been unfair to Israel. Here’s why—and why they’re wrong.

Editor's note: The fighting in Gaza has, predictably, reinvigorated the perennial debate over the US media's coverage of the Israel-Palestinian... More

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Are we journalists first?

The longstanding debate about whether and when a reporter can intervene in a story is rekindled in the age of inequality

In the fall of 1997, the Los Angeles Times published an ambitious 6,500-word front-page feature on the lives of... More

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Journalism’s bright future (is a lie?)

Slate’s Jacob Weisberg and Harper’s John R. MacArthur on the new world

Since 1985, the George T. Delacorte Center at Columbia Journalism School has hosted a lecture series on magazine journalism. Over... More

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Build the future

Journalism’s deathwatch is over

A decade ago, aspiring journalists could just think about journalism and leave the financial side to others. Now, to... More

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False idol

The scrooge of ‘digital correctness’

For a Delacorte Lecture I gave in 2012, I described what I viewed as a headlong rush toward digital... More

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The back door

How a hacker helped ProPublica expose Russia’s secret infusion of cash to the embattled Syrian government

In November 2012, the investigative news site ProPublica published a two-part story that added an important new dimension to... More

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The king of content

How Upworthy aims to alter the Web, and could end up altering the world

In the summer of 2010, a conservative talk show host named Michael Graham scheduled a pit stop on his tour... More

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Part of the club

Voice of San Diego’s membership model has once again earned the organization a place in the national spotlight. If the model succeeds in San Diego, can it succeed elsewhere?

In August 2009, back when conferences on the future of American journalism were still urgent but no longer novel,... More

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Bloomberg’s folly

The backstory is about to be told

For foreign correspondents in China, breaking stories that the censored Chinese press can't touch has long been a core... More

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The 10th anniversary of a photo that changed the Iraq War

An image from Fallujah and its consequences

Khalid Mohammed, a photographer for the Associated Press, took a picture 10 years ago of two charred American bodies... More

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The light in Beirut

Up against a wall, waiting to die on a late afternoon in August 1982, a journalist’s life stops and then starts over

This story is being co-published by CJR and by The Big Roundtable, a new digital home for narrative journalism.... More

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Going viral

How to make content sharable

"What makes something go viral?" That has become the $64,000 question among journalists. Ask 10 different publishers and you'll get... More

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And from the left…Fox News

There’s more to Fox News’ strategy of hiring liberals than creating a public boxing match

On a Friday night in January, Bill Maher made an off-kilter joke about mass shootings. By the following Monday,... More

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How dry I am

The most fundamental element of life is water. So why aren’t newsrooms covering it like a beat?

My article on the most important document in the recent and turbulent history of water in Texas opened in... 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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