Since 1961, when CJR was born, journalism has undergone all manner of seismic shifts, from hot type to wireless transmission, satellites to social media, corporate control to ‘here comes everybody.’ The one constant, however—the thing that will always be the foundation for journalism’s most important work—is great reporting. In the following pieces, which we will publish online over the next two weeks, we hear some of today’s most accomplished reporters talk about what they do, how they do it, and why:
A Different Life: Andrea Bruce was a community journalist in Iraq
Just Ask Questions: Stanley Nelson searches for truth in the past
Sustained Outrage: Ken Ward Jr. stayed home to make a difference
What He Knew: Anthony Shadid saw the deeper story in Iraq
A Reporter in Full: Isabel Wilkerson listens
Immediate Returns: Ben Smith is not an old-school political reporter
Power of Dispassion: Alan Schwarz changed footballThe Editors are the staffers of Columbia Journalism Review.