Thursday, August 28, 2014. Last Update: Wed 2:50 PM EST

The News Frontier

Self-Regulation Done Right

How Scandinavia’s press councils keep the media accountable

When right-wing militant Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people in and around bucolic Oslo last July, the story dominated the... More

The Kickstarter Chronicles

Conflict in Afghanistan, Occupy Brooklyn, and Star Wars figurines

Each week, dozens of journalistic endeavors turn to Kickstarter for funding. Pitching media projects to this online community brings another... More

Online News Startups Struggle to Break Even in Western Europe

A viable business model remains as elusive overseas as it is in the U.S.

Last year, in a research project titled “The Business of Digital Journalism,” the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism set... More

Teletext Lives On in Scandinavia

The pre-Internet digital news service shuts down in the UK, but survives in Northern Europe

Just about every television in Europe has a “teletext” button. Push the button on your television remote and you’re digitally... More

The Kickstarter Chronicles

Investigating a mysterious illness, Zelda’s Christian ties, and small-town basketball

Each week, dozens of journalistic endeavors turn to Kickstarter for funding. Pitching media projects to this online community brings another... More

Unpublishing Requests Are on the Rise

As more content shifts from print to web, journalists are seeing rising requests from sources to remove stories

I recently encountered a sticky conundrum as editor of a student-run digital news website at the University of Southern California.... More

The Kickstarter Chronicles

Comics journalism, drone aircraft, and a tea partier’s personal tale

Each week, dozens of journalistic endeavors turn to Kickstarter for funding. Pitching media projects to this online community brings another... More

Seven Years of New West

Experiments in regional reporting, the pro-am model, and a multi-pronged business plan

When the website New West was founded, it had grand ambitions. The digital news outlet blended local and regional reporting... More

What McClure Said: “The Story is the Thing”

Clearing space for the agenda-setting narrative in digital journalism

Editor's note: CJR’s Dean Starkman was invited to give the opening keynote speech at this year’s Narrative Arc Conference, at... More

Orlando Startup Covers the Trayvon Martin Story

When the national news is local

West Orlando News Online in Orange County, Florida, has, like many outlets, devoted considerable resources to covering the story of... More

The Trayvon Martin Case: How Has the Sentinel Handled It?

Orlando’s daily gets mixed marks

When a big, local story breaks, regional newspapers have the opportunity to own it. The killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin... More

The Kickstarter Chronicles

Open-source robots, David Lynch, and the “Eat More Kale” guy

Each week, dozens of journalistic endeavors turn to Kickstarter for funding. Pitching media projects to this online community brings another... More

Telling the News on Cowbird

Jonathan Harris’s storytelling platform has journalistic potential

Artist and computer programmer Jonathan Harris made a name for himself with unique projects documenting feelings and experiences. We Feel... More

Q & A: New America Foundation’s Tom Glaisyer

The NAF’s Media Policy Fellow on crowdsourcing broadcasters’ public files

In exchange for using the public airwaves for free, broadcast stations are required to serve their local community, a condition... More

The Kickstarter Chronicles

Four decades of mystery, seven deadly sins in Las Vegas, and pro-frack America

Each week, dozens of journalistic endeavors turn to Kickstarter for funding. Pitching media projects to this online community brings another... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.