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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

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Life as a ghostwriter

Hanging out with famous athletes isn’t always fun and games

Willie Mays' agent was on the phone. I was ghostwriting Willie's autobiography, even though we had never met. "Willie likes... More

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Must-reads of the week

The upside of newsroom cuts at The New York Times, the thin line between business and editorial operations at Vice, and a new study questioning whether the internet is really killing newspapers

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

A discredited book on Monroe/DiMaggio, the perspectives of female sportscasters, and reporting on Syria

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

How to write a trend piece, a hotline for ethics, and mapping violence against journalists

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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Keep calm and write a headline worth reading

Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands

Facebook announced recently that it would be cracking down on teaser headlines crafted to lure readers into clicking on weak... More

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Must-reads of the week

“I Fucking Love Science,” a reporter who got close to the CIA, and the rekindled rivalry between two newspaper giants

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

She introduced her brand to a wide audience without the aid or endorsement of journalistic institutions

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 head of the Committee to Protect Journalists believes it’s no longer an effective strategy

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’

On the end of an era at The Washington Post

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

McDonald’s in Ferguson, rooting for the home team in Buffalo, and The Guardian goes local

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

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


High Times hits middle age (NYMag)

After 40 years, every issue still features a weed centerfold

Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

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

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