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The News Frontier

“SUPPORT THE JOURNALIST”

Paige Williams reported a story. She financed it herself. She’d love to be paid back.

In 1978, when she was eighteen years old and living, with the rest of the country, through an economic crisis... More

Mission: Quality Control

If you’re going to upend the old editorial process, you need to create a new one

At this time last year, I made a few wishes for corrections and accuracy-related developments in 2009. For the most... More

Pyramid Schemes

Newspapers should feel free to go long

We are, as a culture, growing ever more informal with each other. Traditional social hierarchies are compressing, and one effect... More

“Obama Overexposed?”: Upon Us Yet Again

Carr puts a new spin on the old question

Three words sum up, I think, the current state of our generally scenic but sometimes arid Media Landscape—three words manage... More

Copenhagen’s “Climate Pool”

Eleven international news agencies launch Facebook blog

The Associated Press and ten other international news agencies have launched “The Climate Pool,” a Facebook page that they hope... More

Live Blogging “Starting Your Own Media Company” with Fred Wilson

CJR staffers will be live blogging this program at the Columbia Journalism School with influential venture capitalist, Fred Wilson. The... More

The FTC to the Rescue!

The Federal Trade Commission is holding a meeting today and tomorrow on the future of journalism. (No need to re-check... More

Going Mobile: An Interview with Rob Durst

Thinking about print products as interfaces to online information

Rob Durst is a Boston-based business and technology consultant who believes that newspapers can remain viable—if they move quickly and... More

Sad Stats from Seattle

Ruth Teichroeb, former Post-Intelligencer writer and current blogger, catches up with her colleagues to see where they are now--7 months... More

Trash Compactor

The NYT’s “Pacific garbage patch” story: a Spot.us “deliverable” that doesn’t quite deliver

Today’s New York Times features an article about a patch of garbage, estimated to be two times the area of... More

Citizen Journalism vs. “Tragi-porn”

In defense—kind of—of Paul Carr’s attempted takedown of citizen journalism

There’s a fine line, apparently, between citizen journalism and “tragi-porn.” If you believe TechCruch’s Paul Carr, the two might as... More

MinnPost Turns Two

A brief conversation with Joel Kramer

Those agonizing over the future of local news may take heart at the success of MinnPost.com, the online news site... More

Fort Hood: A First Test for Twitter Lists

In the aftermath of violence, lists suggest the benefits of collaboration

Journalism and curation—it’s becoming increasingly difficult to determine where the one ends and the other begins. The chicken/egg relationship between... More

Twitter: Rea-list/Idea-list

Twitter lists are upon us. How will they affect the platform’s culture?

Twitter is listless no longer. Following in the footsteps of Facebook, the increasingly popular platform has given its users the... More

FCC Taps Waldman to Study “State of the Media”

Beliefnet founder to make policy recommendations to ensure “a vibrant media landscape”

Steven Waldman, veteran journalist and co-founder of Beliefnet, has been tapped by the FCC to lead an agency-wide initiative designed... 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.