On Hardball’s pregame right now, a crowd of people—most of them, apparently, Hofstra students; almost all of them, judging from their cheers and jeers, Obama supporters—is gathered behind Chris Matthews as he chats with the Chicago Tribune’s Jill Zuckman and The New York Times’s Jeff Zeleny. Behind Matthews’s head, a large sign, its black background and its orange and white lettering standing out among the sea of Obamian Red and Blue, is being propped up by an unknown advocate. The sign advertises Ed in ‘08, an attempt to make education reform a key issue in the presidential campaign. I’ve written about their efforts before, on Campaign Desk, and must sadly acknowledge that, however worthy their cause, and however noble their efforts toward achieving it, that cause has now been completely trumped by the economy. Chalk yet another loss up to the crisis.
07:03 PM - October 15, 2008
Quixotic Signage of the Day: Ed in ‘08
Entitled to better reporting - There’s a wider (and increasingly urgent) Social Security story out there—beyond the Beltway and deficit talk
Squeezing Time Inc. dry - Time Warner prepares to dump a dangerous debt load on its publishing spinoff
Covering Sandy Hook, one year later - The town is asking reporters to stay away, but many victims’ families have started speaking out
The future of longform - A conference at the Columbia Journalism School explored the craft’s digital prospects
Healthcare in Great Britain vs. healthcare in the USA: part one - A conversation with Chris Smyth, health reporter for The Times of London
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
When it comes to great magazine writing, what’s in a name?
The race to photograph every corner and crevice on the planet
“The characters are as rollicking and fun as the ocean setting. The narrator, Ishmael, is just a really good guy”
Hint: He’s not real—shhh…
Jane Hall interviews Barton Gellman about his NSA stories, including how Edward Snowden contacted him
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.