Thursday, January 19, 2017. Last Update: Fri 2:51 PM EST

Politics & Policy


Could U-T San Diego become the first ‘community-owned’ major metro paper?

Philanthropist Malin Burnham has a plan: Get a local nonprofit to buy the publication

It’s a buyers’ market for newspapers. The long, secular decline in advertising revenue has brought an even sharper decline in... More


Meet the 22-year-old journalism prodigy shaking up Missouri political reporting

PoliticMo’s Eli Yokley strives to fill the state’s coverage gap—and finish college

Eli Yokley founded the website PoliticMo to cover state politics during the summer after he graduated from high school. (Photo... More


MLive lays off two senior journalists

John Barnes and Meegan Holland helped lead coverage of Michigan

DETROIT, MI — MLive, one of Michigan’s largest online news sources, has laid off two senior journalists who helped lead... More


Venezuela uses US reporter’s photo in tourism campaign

The problem? He had just been released from detention

MIAMI — The Miami Herald’s Jim Wyss made a startling and surreally ironic discovery Friday morning. The discovery: Venezuela state-run... More


When Burning Man is your beat

The Reno Gazette-Journal hires its first reporter to cover the experimental community year-round

This summer will be Jenny Kane’s first trip to Burning Man. No surprise—last year, six out of 10 attendees were... More


Grand-jury leaks shouldn’t get shield law protection, says grand jury

An imbalanced proposal seems to be finding little support in Pennsylvania

In a story that reminds me of The Onion’s “Area Man” series, a group of ​randomly selected Pennsylvania citizens, with no collective... More

What a cardboard cutout says about local news priorities

Stanford scholar James Hamilton discusses TV stations’ pursuit of the marginal viewer

Yesterday, Jim Romenesko introduced readers to “Michelle” and “Lisa DeVries,” a pair of middle-aged, prosperous white moms who, according to... More


It’s still early, but the Sun Times Network does not look very good

So far, the network has done little to distinguish itself—and observers doubt that it will

CHICAGO, IL — When Wrapports LLC, the publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times, announced in October that it was launching a... More


How the Houston Chronicle is catching up to a changing city

Top editor Nancy Barnes opens up about the paper’s transition

HOUSTON, TX -- The biggest city in Texas isn’t just big. Houston is vast, growing, and changing--fast.  The city proper... More


New law threatens reporter-source relationship

Pennsylvania’s “Silencing Act,” passed in latest Mumia backlash, faces court challenge from journalists

DETROIT, MI — Why should journalists care about a new Pennsylvania law that limits the speech of people convicted of... More


Database may uncover conflicts of interest for TV doctors

Free lunches, paid speaking gigs & free drug samples are often not disclosed by media physicians

Last September, the federal government rolled out a website that offered a searchable database of the $3.5 billion in payments... More


Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit

Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

When a newspaper requests information, there are plenty of ways government bodies can try to avoid releasing it. But the... More


The human costs of not expanding Medicaid

A New York Times column and a Guardian essay offer neglected perspective on dollar-sign objections to expansion

Eduardo Porter's New York Times column last Wednesday, "The Costs of Stinginess In Medicaid," is a provocative reminder there are... More


Come write for us: CJR seeks Chicago correspondent for United States Project

Help critique and support local accountability journalism

The Columbia Journalism Review is seeking a Chicago-based correspondent to join its United States Project, which aims to support accountability... More


Why did CoOportunity fail?

The insurance co-op’s struggles raise questions about the efforts to foster competition

Just before Christmas, Iowa’s top insurance regulator announced he was taking control of CoOportunity Health, one of the 23 non-profit... 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

  • If you like the magazine, get the rest of the year for just $19.95 (6 issues in all).
  • If not, simply write cancel on the bill and return it. You will owe nothing.

Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.