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The missing Charlie Hebdo cartoons

Telling the full story of a massacre, and striking a blow for free speech, should trump major news outlets’ concern about offending Muslims

Wednesday was not the first time the satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo was punished for making fun of Islam and... More

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The looming threat of newsroom cyber attacks

Recent attacks on the Albuquerque Journal and WBOC reveal the importance of digital security

Around 11am on Tuesday, journalists at the Maryland CBS affiliate WBOC noticed that their Twitter password had been changed. Employees... More


Is UpWorthy moving closer to journalism?

The hiring of Amy O’Leary suggests the site may soon produce original content

Last Spring, in the midst of reporting a feature on the idealistic hit-maker UpWorthy, I asked site co-founder Peter Koechley... More


The Interview reinforces a negative view of US journalists

The history of kidnapped journalists is filled with tragic tales of reporters being mistaken for spies

The Interview is a dangerous movie. The first victim was Sony, which had electronic files hacked in an intrusion that... More

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Lists aren’t the best way to determine freedom

Journalists need to be a little more skeptical when looking at country rankings

Year's end is an avalanche of lists: rankings of influential people, the year's best movies and music, even the best... More


To keep or ditch the comments?

While some sites maintain a discussion on the page, others outsource it to social media

When millennial-targeted media company Mic ditched its comments section in mid-December, it was the latest in a string of similar... More


CJR’s most popular stories of 2014

…and what people had to say about them

As the staff of CJR looked back on this year, we wanted to share the most-read stories. Much of this... More

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How New York protects police records from public view

Newspapers, open-government agency, fight law that shields police-misconduct records

As the national conversation about police-community relations intensified in recent months, open-government advocates in New York State escalated their... More


2014 editor’s picks

Here are a few pieces from this year worth another read

There is no business like the media business when it comes to generating lively headlines. From plagiarism to imploding start-ups... More

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The worst journalism of 2014

A recap of this year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

News blunders tend to have short lifespans. They’re outed by watchful eyes, social media erupts, and the gears of... More

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Guess what? People lie to reporters

Like Jessica Pressler, I got burned once. Here’s what I did about it.

Fourteen years ago, a man lied to me. I was a business reporter at The Baltimore Sun. What he told... More


Questioning the CBC’s decision to remove Jian Ghomeshi’s interviews

Erasing the past, Q-ing the future?

In a year full of stories about sexual assault, Jian Ghomeshi's stood out. He was no anonymous abuser, like the... More

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What the Sony hacks reveal about the news industry

Writers gave consumers exactly what they wanted

Along with employee salaries, Channing Tatum’s penchant for all-caps, and executives’ racially charged jokes about President Obama, the Sony... More

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An old media scoop on pro-ISIS tweeter Shami Witness leads to a new media dox

When anonymity is taken out of the media’s hands

While the UK’s Channel 4 didn’t release the full name of Shami Witness, one of the most prolific tweeters of... More


How to improve the reporter-editor relationship

The New Republic’s downfall can be a lesson for how bosses treat their employees

Liz Spayd: The implosion at The New Republic left many of us in wide-eyed amazement. It's rare that you... 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

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