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David Simon, creator of The Wire and Treme, on the Times-Picayune cuts

It's grievous what is happening to regional newspapers, especially. But the whole industry will continue to collapse until everyone swallows... More

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How David Simon is wrong about paywalls

Let me count the ways. Ten, in fact.

David Simon is a talented writer and storyteller, but is he qualified to give advice to publishers about how to... More

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Must-reads of the week

David Petraeus, Mormon reporters, Guy Fieri, stray penises

Culled from CJR's frequently updated "Must-reads from around the Web," our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

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Must-reads of the week

Remembering Michael Hastings

Culled from CJR's frequently updated "Must-reads from around the Web," our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

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Owens’s straw man army

A commentator takes 10 swings at paywalls, and misses each time

Howard Owens's 5,200 word CJR riposte to David Simon on paywalls deserve a reply of its own (outside of its... More

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ProPublica reporter gets the Treme treatment

The show’s third season will feature a character based on A.C. Thompson

A.C. Thompson's reporting on transgressions by the New Orleans police force in the wake of Hurricane Katrina led to an... 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


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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

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