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The News Frontier

The Landman Cometh

Innovation Trail and other New York outlets help readers prepare for fracking prospectors

Knock, knock. Who’s there? It’s the “landman,” offering quick cash to extract natural gas on your property using a technique... More

The Merits of the Two-Speed Model

Launch Pad: The Classical

CJR’s Launch Pad feature invites new media publishers to blog about their experiences on the news frontier. Past Launch Pad... More

Will the IRS Derail Nonprofit Journalism?

At a crucial moment, the taxman drags his feet on granting tax-exempt status

In an era of newspaper closings and reporter layoffs, there has been one significant bright spot: an explosion of local,... More

Know Your Journalists

New transparency website compiles personal data on reporters

In 2006 Adrian Holovaty, then a programmer and journalist of some reputation, wrote a blog post entitled, “A fundamental way... More

What I Saw at the Hyperlocal Revolution

Without journalism jobs, we don’t have journalism

When I quit The Sacramento Bee after nearly twenty-five years as a reporter and columnist in 2007, I looked like... More

Nonprofit News and the Tax Man

The IRS questions whether journalism startups qualify for tax-exempt status

The future of nonprofit news organizations has hit an unexpected roadblock in the agency that determines their tax-exempt status: The... More

Experiments in the Open Newsroom Concept

Swapping story scoops for reader input

OpenFile, a Canadian online-news organization, has modeled its editorial decisions around reader suggestions. The organization covers seven cities, from Halifax... More

Public Radio and the Freelance Journalist

Should the same code of ethics apply?

Caitlin Curran was a freelance web producer for WNYC/PRI’s radio show, The Takeaway, which has been covering the Occupy Wall... More

Debating Starkman’s “Confidence Game”

Rounding up responses

Dean Starkman’s critique of future-of-news gurus Jeff Jarvis, Clay Shirky, and Jay Rosen, among others, made a bit of splash,... More

A Post-Punk Sportswriting Site Gets Started

Launch Pad: The Classical

CJR’s Launch Pad feature invites new media publishers to blog about their experiences on the news frontier. Past Launch Pad... More

It’s About the Stories

A response to Emily Bell

I thank Emily for her critique of "Confidence Game." Alysia Santo is pulling together other responses, and I’ll get... More

The Blessings of Networks

Emily Bell takes on Dean Starkman’s “news gurus” argument

Dean Starkman's long read on 'the news gurus' in the Columbia Journalism Review starts out with the story of the... More

Have You Seen Fido?

Community news sites reunite pets with their owners

When a pet runs away, it can be hard for a distraught owner to know what to do first. Do... More

Veteran Blogs Cover Occupy Wall Street

The military community takes sides

Veterans Today, an online-only publication, features writing by veterans, for veterans. The site focuses on a whole range of topics,... More

NewsTrust Baltimore: An Experiment in Civility

But is it sustainable?

The first thing you notice about NewsTrust Baltimore, an online aggregator of stories from local news sources, is how friggin’... 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


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”

On the ground in Aleppo (Syria Deeply)

Francesca Borri on reporting from a razed city

Bloggingheads

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

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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