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Winter Reading Club

What are some books that journalists should read this winter?

Every year around this time, we ask our readers to recommend some books that journalists might enjoy reading during the... More

Standout 9/11 Coverage

In the sea of anniversary coverage, where to look?

In the tremendous swell of tenth anniversary of 9/11 news coverage and commentary—in print, broadcast, online, on Twitter—what has stood... More

Populism on the Potomac

Is anyone in DC reporting for the people?

On Sunday, Washington Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton presented a plan for the paper he's charged with watching. His stirring proposal?... More

Summer Reading Club

Recommend a book for a journalist this summer

The days are long, the dogs are panting, and the sun is still prime for shining on the pages of... More

Huffington Post and “Over-Aggregation”

Where do we draw the line between aggregation and plagiarism?

AdAge media columnist Simon Dumenco recently posed a good question to the online news community: “What constitutes unfair -- unethical... More

What Should Chris Wallace Have Asked?

“Flake”-free questions for Michele Bachmann

It came about fourteen minutes into Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace’s sixteen-minute interview with presidential contender Rep. Michele Bachmann.... More

Summer Movie Club

What movie would you recommend to a journalist this summer?

Whether blasted in a blessedly air-conditioned megaplex, or projected on a roof-deck after dark, movies make a summer. The forthcoming... More

On Sock Puppets and Best Practices

How far should news outlets go to verify bloggers’ identities?

After some impressive detective work by several journalists, it was revealed early this week that Amina Arraf, the supposed author... More

What Should Jill Do?

Offer your advice for The New York Times’s incoming executive editor

Bill Keller will officially step down from his post as executive editor of The New York Times on Labor Day,... More

Campaign Strategies

How should the media determine the sort of coverage a candidate deserves?

In one of the posts on Herman Cain's candidacy discussed on Campaign Desk Tuesday, Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight calls for... More

Words We Shouldn’t Say

Name some clichéd terms that news sources should avoid

Last Friday New York Times Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren posted a list of “words we don’t say” to the magazine’s... More

Graduation Time

What should we tell journalism’s next generation?

It’s graduation season and journalism schools across the country are spitting out classes of elated and exhausted journalists into the... More

Which News Sites Are Best at Engaging their Readers?

And which ones are only interested in fly-by clicks?

In the conclusion to the report published on CJR today, “The Story So Far: What We Know About the Business... More

Where Did You Get Your bin Laden News?

And now, where do you go for analysis?

Sometimes the news is so big you just have to have the details right away, and the death of Osama... More

What Are America’s Most Essential Magazines?

Help CJR create an alternative to AdWeek’s “Hot List”

Michael Wolff’s revamped AdWeek published its thirty-first annual “Hot List” yesterday—its ranking of the top ten magazines of the moment.... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Bloggingheads

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

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