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Reports

Get Real

The unlikely marriage of documentary filmmakers and reality TV

Dionicio is a heroin addict who was terribly abused as a child and turned to drugs and crime when... More

The Girl Who Loved Journalists

Stieg Larsson’s posthumous gift to an embattled industry

For a profession whose entire raison d’être is communication, American journalists sure have done a lousy job of explaining... More

In Our Time

CJR’s editor takes stock

On my first day at the Columbia Journalism Review, the editors were reading page proofs for an upcoming issue, and... More

Pulitzer’s Magazine?

Our founder reflects on CJR’s roots

Here is the best and here is the worst story of the day. . . . Here is the wrong of the day; here... More

The Long Tale

New homes for stories that fall between a book and an article

When author Jon Krakauer started looking into the altruistic claims of his former friend, the best-selling author of Three... More

Urgent Call

Cell phones help a marginalized Indian community speak out

On the evening of May 16, 2010, Vijjobai Talami, the headwoman of Gumiapal village, phoned CGNet Swara, a fledgling mobile... More

Pirate Radio, Mayan Style

Indigenous stations want to come in from the cold

When you get to Sumpango, in the central highlands of Guatemala, you won’t be able to find Radio Ixchel... More

Life Near the Center of the Story

Istanbul is the ‘It’ location for enterprising freelance journalists

Last summer, my wife became NPR’s correspondent in Baghdad. I couldn’t join her there, so we decided I’d move... More

How to Cover the Money Race

A Q&A with money-and-politics expert Dave Levinthal

If 2010’s $3.6 billion midterm elections are any gauge, reporters tasked with following the money in campaign 2012 face a... More

The Smith Rules

Sam Smith covers the Chicago Bulls—for the Bulls

Sam Smith says he’s living out the “ultimate journalistic fantasy” after leaving the news business. The former Chicago Tribune... More

The Family Owner Rises Again

A tradition of hewing to basics pays off

The Seaton family had spent four generations weaving a daisy chain of newspapers across the small towns of the... More

Hiding the Real Africa

Why NGOs prefer bad news

And now for some good news out of Africa. Poverty rates throughout the continent have been falling steadily and... More

Sunrise on the Nile

Egypt’s news media enter a new era

As Egyptians tried to shake loose nearly thirty years of darkness, the Egyptian press stumbled toward the sunlight, too. The... More

Mark Cuban’s Business Model

A media maverick on the news industry

Mark Cuban is well known as the brash, combative owner of the Dallas Mavericks professional basketball team, the guy who... More

Spain’s Not-So-Free Press

Long-promised freedom-of-information legislation stalls

Ask Spaniards if they have a free press and most will answer yes. After all, since Francisco Franco died 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


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!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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Questions and exercises for journalism students.