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Fiftieth Anniversary

Caro’s Way

Even after 2,600 pages, LBJ remains elusive

It was the most contested election in the history of Texas. On August 28, 1948, Lyndon B. Johnson, a ruthless... More

A Baghdad Journal

At stake: $18.6 billion for the rebuilding of Iraq. The players: The Pentagon, the White House, the press, and one loyal public affairs officer worrying about his job. Here is his unofficial story.

Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, December 21, 2003. After a chilly daybreak, my mind is racing with recollections of the past few... More

Tin Soldier

An American Vigilante In Afghanistan, Using the Press for Profit and Glow

In April 2004, a former U.S. Special Forces soldier named Jonathan Keith Idema started shopping a sizzling story to the... More

PM: an anniversary assessment

Why a left-leaning New York tabloid failed

PM was a liberal tabloid published in New York from 1939 to 1948. As Lewis Donohew explained in CJR’s Summer... More

Press agent—but still President

No President has monitored his public image with more zeal than LBJ

Ben Bagdikian, who wrote regularly from Washington for CJR in the 1960s and ’70s, explained in our Summer 1965 issue... More

Cold War Comics

When “consistently propagandistic” funnies took on the Reds

In our Winter 1965 issue, Daniel J. Leab, then CJR's editorial assistant, compiled nearly 20 comic strips and frames that... More

Viet Nam reporting: three years of crisis

“A trying and sometimes hazardous business”

While he may be best known for the photo he took of a Buddhist monk's self-immolation, Associated Press correspondent Malcolm... More

Case history: Wilmington’s “independent” newspapers

Du Pont papers in a Du Pont town

In 1964, Ben Bagdikian, usually CJR’s Washington correspondent, looked north to Delaware, and examined the very heavy influence of the... More

The shadow of a gunman

An account of a twelve-year investigation of a Kennedy assassination film

What happens when a hard-nosed news organization gets a hold of an amateur film that maybe, just maybe, shows a... More

The Assassination: The Reporters’ Story

How journalists broke news of JFK’s death

Dallas: November 22, 1963. It’s a dateline that needs little introduction. But for reporters on the scene for President Kennedy’s... More

Birmingham: newspapers in a crisis

‘The papers appear to be almost as segregated as the city itself’

In our Summer 1963 issue, James Boylan, CJR’s founding editor, examined how local newspapers covered the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s... More

The Computeriter revolution

A Utopian fiction

Our Spring 1963 issue included the only piece of science fiction CJR has ever published. Reporter Edward Edelson imagined with... More

Public policy in a newspaper strike

When New York City’s presses stopped, a lot went uncovered

New York city newspaper workers—including journalists, delivery truck drivers, and pressmen—went on strike on November 1, 1962. They would be... More

Television—“the President’s medium”?

How TV made JFK stronger than steel

Some historians credit President Kennedy’s 1960 election to his performance in his televised debates with Richard Nixon. His mastery of... More

A Plea for the Polls

‘The press seems to behave as if it were operating in a simpler yesterday’

Elmo Roper was one of the early giants of American opinion polling. His survey work for Fortune magazine, beginning in... 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


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

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!

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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