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A Tight Deadline, 4,000 Words, Then Ten Years of Waiting

A Q&A with Kate Zernike, Osama bin Laden’s obituarist for the NYT

When the news of Osama bin Laden’s death broke on Sunday night, every night editor’s dream—or nightmare—came true at The... More

Anthony Shadid: ‘A Gatherer, An Observer, A Listener’

One of his former editors remembers the greatest foreign correspondent of his generation

For many readers and listeners of the news, the work of foreign correspondents is surrounded by legend and yet strangely... More

Audit Notes: Steve Jobs

Here's Wired's striking homepage reporting the death of Steve Jobs: Scroll down and you get gray text with obituary comments... More

Cathryn Cronin Cranston

An obituary for CJR’s publisher

The staff of the Columbia Journalism Review is deeply sorry to report the death of our publisher, Cathryn Cranston, who... More

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Class, warfare

Remembering Paul Fussell

Paul Fussell, historian and cultural critic, died last week at 88. With his death, America lost a steady voice for... More

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Coming out posthumously

Sally Ride and questions of how to memorialize semi-closeted public figures

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. In the first obituaries about... More

Norman Corwin, 1910-2011

Remembering a recently deceased broadcast pioneer

It was only fitting that I learned of Norman Corwin's death from the CBS Radio World News Roundup, a program... More

Osama bin Laden, 54, Public Enemy No. 1

A review of the obits

Osama bin Laden was the world’s most powerful terrorist. He was also, undeniably, the most famous. And as befits any... 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


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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