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Must-reads of the week

It was a busy week in the media world. Journalist Steven Sotloff was beheaded by an ISIS captor, making him... More

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Why Elise Andrew is an exceptional self-made brand

When CJR placed Elise Andrew on our September/October cover alongside the title "journalism's first self-made brand", we unleashed a tirade... More

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Is it time to end media blackouts?

The brutal murder of journalist James Foley and now Steven Sotloff in Syria has sparked disbelief and raw outrage. Now,... More

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A future without ‘Graham Grams’

When my wife and I were young parents in the late 1970s and I was working as a Metro reporter... More

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Must-reads of the week

Culled from CJR’s own stories, plus the frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best... More

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The New York Times criticized for Michael Brown profile

  This morning, The New York Times published an A1 profile of Michael Brown to coincide with his burial. Written... More

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4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news

It’s not often that news broadcasters warn audiences of how boring a subject is before jumping into a 13-minute segment... More

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Must-reads of the week

Culled from CJR's own stories, plus the frequently updated "Must-reads from around the Web," our staff recommendations for the best... More

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Must-reads of the week

Culled from CJR’s own stories, plus the frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best... More

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Why Obama’s statement on reporters’ arrests in Ferguson is hypocritical

In a news conference Thursday addressing the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown and resulting unrest in Ferguson, MO, President Barack... More

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SEC aggressively investigates media leaks

If you think investigations of media leaks are confined to issues of national security, think again. Since 2008, one particular... More

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Must-reads of the week

Culled from CJR’s own stories, plus the frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best... More

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Journalism groups rally around a petition supporting James Risen

Ten months after the Committee to Protect Journalists issued its scathing report "The Obama Administration and the Press," journalists and... More

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Must-reads of the week

Culled from CJR's own stories, plus the frequently updated "Must-reads from around the Web," our staff recommendations for the best... More

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Must-reads of the week

Culled from CJR's own stories, plus the frequently updated "Must-reads from around the Web," our staff recommendations for the best... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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

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