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January/February 2014



Ring of fire

As concussion controversy rages, boxing writers look in the mirror

In the span of two weeks last fall, two prizefighters went to the hospital after their bouts. Francisco Leal,... More

Cover Story

Evgeny vs. the internet

Evgeny Morozov wants to convince us that digital technology can’t save the world, and he’s willing to burn every bridge from Cambridge to Silicon Valley to do it

Depending on whom you ask, Evgeny Morozov is either the most astute, feared, loathed, or useless writer about digital... More


Game change

In 20 years, football may look very different from the sport we know today. Will the fans, and the media, care?

Two thousand thirteen was an annus horribilis for the National Football League. Its signature event, the Super Bowl, was subjected... More

On the Job

On the job


Paul Salopek is going for a walk. He set out in Ethiopia at the beginning of 2013. If all... More


Media darling

Malala Yousafzai’s long and delicate dance with the press

In 2009, The New York Times posted a two-part documentary on its website about Pakistan's battle against Taliban militants.... More


Almost famous

Can a star-studded documentary series make people care about climate change?

Last September CJR's Alexis Sobel Fitts trailed a documentary crew through Seattle as they filmed, Years of Living Dangerously,... More


The great story

In the run-up to the Great Recession, accountability journalism saw the story that access journalism missed

This is an excerpt from The Watchdog That Didn't Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism,... More


A movement’s moment?

Common Core opens the door for news literacy to expand in the classroom

The news-literacy movement was born in the middle of the last decade, in response to the challenges news consumers face... More


Opening Shot

Opening Shot

Viral videos across borders

When YouTube began releasing the top trending videos in 61 countries and many US cities, Ethan Zuckerman decided to... More


The right debate

Access vs. accountability is what matters

Back in October, Bill Keller of The New York Times and Glenn Greenwald, formerly of The Guardian and now... More

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Readers respond to our November/December issue

Editors' Note CJR begins a new era this month, as Liz Spayd joins the Review as editor in chief and... More


Open Bar

The Pen & Pencil Club

The Pen & Pencil Club Philadelphia, PA Year opened 1892 Distinguishing features Club members are especially proud of the Pen &... More

Darts and Laurels

Darts & Laurels

Twitter hysteria and a healthcare horror story

A DART to The Daily Mail for accusing former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown of claiming more than £316,000 in... More


Pimp yo’ brand

Journalists bang their own drums

For reporters, self-promotion isn't just prudent, it's essential. Although In These Times has multiple email newsletters, the nonprofit magazine encouraged... More



In a word

When "Not Fucking Rocket Science" ended up on the "Journalism Is . . ." cover of CJR (September/October 2013), letters flew in... More


Hard Numbers

Digital disruption

79 years (1933-2012) that Newsweek was continuously in print in the US 279 years that Lloyd's List, the world's oldest... More


Search committee

Getting to know 100 senators

The Sunlight Foundation's 100 Senators tool has a simple mission: to allow you to discover not just what senators... More


Not-so-fluffy news

The pet beat takes chops

Most reporters expect to bring their résumé or clips to a job interview. Tanya Irwin was asked to bring... More

Language Corner

Language Corner

Naming rights

The New York Times recently added an entry to its eponymous stylebook, available only online: "In precise, traditional usage, an... More

Ideas & Reviews


Joining the chorus

Albert Camus’ journalism, more than his famous fiction, reveals the evolution of his thinking on life and how to live it

When Albert Camus said on the evening of December 12, 1957, "I have not yet given my opinion about... More

Second Read

Uncommon ground

J. Anthony Lukas realized something larger than the truth

In the fall of 1974, black schoolchildren from Boston's Roxbury neighborhood climbed into school buses bound for South Boston,... More

Critical Eye

Care and feeding of the press

Roosevelt did it, Taft did not, and that made all the difference

It was president Theodore Roosevelt who, in 1906, famously used the term "muckrakers" to disparage investigative journalists. Referencing John Bunyan's... More

Critical Eye

Brief encounters

Short review of The Outrage Industry

The Outrage Industry: Political Opinion Media and the New Incivility By Jeffrey M. Berry and Sarah Sobieraj Oxford University Press... More

Q and A

Exit interview

A news guy meets a deadline

William Dean Singleton stepped down as chairman of MediaNews Group in December after decades at the helm of America's... More

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news

The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”


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

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