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March/April 2014

Articles

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Feature

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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Cover Story

Who cares if it’s true?

Modern-day newsrooms reconsider their values

BuzzFeed, as much as any newsroom, is the antithesis of traditional. A neon sign celebrates the Hot List, BuzzFeed's... More

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Feature

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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Feature

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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Feature

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

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Reports

Placing a bet on USA Today

Gannett has long felt the television model could translate into print. Now it’s using its flagship paper to double down on that idea.

The business model of network television--plugging the power of a national broadcast operation into a grid of local stations--is coming... More

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Reports

How free is the free press?

In the wake of the Edward Snowden disclosures, that’s the question everyone is asking

On January 30, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and CJR hosted a lively panel discussion on "Journalism... More

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Reports

Dancing with Hollywood

A new rash of award-winning films owe credit to the journalists who unearthed the original plots

Martin Sixsmith spent four years helping an Irishwoman track down the son she had been forced to give up... More

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Essay

From the desk of a former FCC Commissioner

Journalists need to generate a national discussion on the future of the internet

Dear Journalists: You may wonder why a long-time regulator like me is writing to you. The answer is that... More

Departments

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Opening Shot

Opening Shot

How The Times have changed

In January, The New York Times introduced the first visual overhaul of its site since 2006. The changes are... More

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Editorial

Navigating the bedlam

CJR’s new way forward

It came as a jolt. After 25 years at The Washington Post, where I'd spent my early days as... More

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Currents

Open Bar

Eightbar

Eightbar Baltimore, MD Year opened 2013 Distinguishing features Don't expect to spot Eightbar from the sidewalk. Instead, you'll need to... More

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Darts and Laurels

Darts & Laurels

Too many hoaxes and anonymous sources

DART to The Daily Mail, Gawker, and NBC, among others, for gleefully reprinting a story about North Korean leader Kim... More

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On the Job

On the job

A simpler life

When photographer Claire Martin first heard about Faerieland, a sanctuary close to the eastern Australian coast for gay men... More

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Currents

Equal ground

Can data transform the way we report on poverty

Carlos Martínez de la Serna started working as a journalist in 1998, when he joined the Spanish newspaper El... More

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Currents

Meet Mr. Space

A man on a mission to make Americans care about the solar system

Space isn't what it used to be. At least, that's the thought Mike Massimino fears is floating around the... More

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Language Corner

Language Corner

Naming rights

What do you call a revue of dancing soldiers? A "troupe" of "troops," of course. That was kind of a... More

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Currents

Hard Numbers

Viral edition

64 percent of American adults using Facebook 30 percent of American adults getting news from Facebook 16 percent of American... More

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Q and A

Exit Interview

The man behind the Pulitzer

When Sig Gissler announced in January that he would step down as administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes after 12... More

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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Readers respond to our January/February issue

Accountability vs. access The reason that access journalism fails the test of true reporting is that access reporting depends on... More

Ideas & Reviews

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Essay

The tyranny of punk rock

Pussy Riot’s venom for Vladimir Putin captivated the media and then set the fearless band on a course to prison

The award-winning BBC Four documentary Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer opens with a quote from Bertolt Brecht: "Art is... More

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Critical Eye

The cunning of one letter

And the power of media to change the course of history

In 1987, David Hoffman walked down the dark, sterile halls of the Kremlin with a letter in his breast pocket... More

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Critical Eye

Brief encounters

Short reviews of Deadly Censorship and The Loudest Voice in the Room

Deadly Censorship: Murder, Honor and Freedom of the Press | By James Lowell Underwood | The University of South Carolina... More

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Critical Eye

Data invasion

Julia Angwin’s journey to the depths of data

Recently, a friend sent me an email with the subject, "Twitter targeted me with this ad." The body of his... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.