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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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Must-reads of the week

How to handle story corrections, a possible newspaper revival in Denver, and a message to journalism’s Silicon Valley owners.

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

The New Republic implodes, Rolling Stone’s problematic rape story, and media divergence on the Eric Garner ruling

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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Jill Abramson’s flashpoints with the federal government

The former New York Times Executive Editor on her regrets withholding major stories

Former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson said Wednesday that she regrets how she handled two high-profile cases where... More

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Must-reads of the week

The reignited Ferguson media frenzy, the shift from ‘internships’ to ‘fellowships,’ and a golden age of podcasts

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 Serial is important for journalism

Transparency is key

The hit podcast Serial, a journalist's exploration of whether a young man was wrongly convicted of murder, breaks new ground... More

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Must-reads of the week

Virtual reality at The Des Moines Register, journalism’s plagiarism problem, and Jack Shafer on leaving Reuters

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

Why in-house innovation is important, how polling data can be dangerous, and evaluating ESPN’s journalistic standards

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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Gawker: The internet bully

Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

Earlier this week Gawker lost "thousands of dollars" in advertising after a poorly worded tweet was posted by one of... More

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Must-reads of the week

Newsroom racism, James Risen on his new book, and Ben Bradlee’s legacy

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

Newspapers prefer lesbians, a new era of TV-watching begins, and the media changes course on Ebola in America

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

CJR seeks freelance correspondents

The Columbia Journalism Review is seeking several digital correspondents to write smart, analytic pieces on various beats. The freelance work... More

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Stop trolling your readers

We know you’re only doing it for clicks

The newest trend in headlines is flat-out trolling readers. For awhile, the "curiosity gap" was the headline style of... More

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Must-reads of the week

Ebola worst case scenarios, PBS and Harper’s quarrel, and feminist writers at Playboy

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

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Bloggingheads

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

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