We hear a lot—though not nearly enough—about what it’s like to be a soldier returning from duty in Iraq: the culture shock, the pain, the sharp angles of the transition. But it’s rare to hear about what that transition can be like for a reporter. The New York Times’s Damien Cave, who covered Iraq for the paper between July 2006 and December 2007, has written a fascinating journal of re-entry, documenting the fourteen weeks since he first arrived in Miami Beach (Cave is now the Times’s Miami bureau chief) after leaving Iraq. It’s a compelling narrative, both reflective and raw, and certainly worth a read.
01:00 PM - May 23, 2008
Back from Baghdad
Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination
Gawker’s so-far successful experiment in making office chats public - Are group chat rooms a waste of time or essential to running a modern newsroom?
A new course in video games journalism - As an art form grows up, can the critics keep pace?
On the NSA, a White House credibility problem - The AP report on the destruction of The Guardian’s hard drives is just the latest evidence that reporters can’t trust the Obama administration on spying claims
Long all-volunteer, Guernica Mag looks toward paying its contributors - The 10-year-old online mag hired its first full-time employee and is launching a second Kickstarter
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”
Nate Silver drills into the numbers
“A single page in a glossy magazine could be discounted by more than half its open rate and still get an effective CPM of about $70. Online display ad CPMs average under $3”
With the relaunch comes the archive
Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.