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The News Frontier

The Kickstarter Chronicles

Hyperlocal news, jam bands, and how to make a baby

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

News Organizations That Haven’t Learned To Share

The seams in certain outlets’ social sharing strategies

The Economist does not let users of its free app share news items via e-mail, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or anything... More

A New App for Citizen Journalists

Rawporter joins an increasingly crowded field

Rob Gaige and Kevin Davis were having a drink at Dandelion Market in Charlotte, North Carolina, when a car crashed... More

Syria: Too Much Information?

How journalists wade through a social-media flood

For foreign journalists, the Arab Spring uprisings and their aftermaths have ranged from exhilaratingly accessible (Egypt), to mortally dangerous (Libya),... More

Survey Question: Do You Trust This Poll?

Local news sites informally collect community opinions

Every week, Phoenix-area hyperlocal news site InMaricopa asks its readers to participate in a brand-new poll; each usually gets at... More

Cartooning for a Sustainable Future

Will editorial cartoonists find their (paid) place on the web?

Dan Perkins, better known as Tom Tomorrow, has been creating the popular This Modern World comic strip for over two... More

A National Paywall That Works

Lessons from Slovakia

While nobody was looking, a small company in Slovakia may have shed some light on one of the biggest challenges... More

Drawing the News Ain’t Easy

Editorial cartoonists struggle for funds, but not eyeballs

When The New York Times sent an e-mail to editorial cartoonists on Monday announcing that “The Sunday Review section is... More

Teaching Cyber-Security

Confidentiality promises often require technical skill

Since 2007, Steve Doig, an investigative journalist, has been giving a talk called “Spycraft: Keeping your sources private.” He’s presented... More

Tell Me a Secret

Soliciting leaks has its rewards, and challenges

When news website 100Reporters launched this past October, it had everything you’d expect from a promising journalistic startup: top journalists,... More

Spying on Journalists is Easy

Lax computer security creates easy targets

When promising anonymity, discreetly stashed notes and a tight lip are the precautions of journalism’s past. Reporters have gone to... More

Twifficult

Tweeting the change you wish to see is easy. Global attention is as elusive as ever

I was alone on a drive from Maine to Massachusetts in early December when a crazy idea hit me. Listening... More

Two Weeks after Launch, New Worries Take Hold

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

Calling Dr. Crowd

News outlets rely on the masses for public health stories

When we feel ourselves coming down with something, we look it up. If you type the words “I think I’m... More

Where’s the Party?

News startups bring their readers together offline

Burnt Orange Report, a popular political blog based in Austin, Texas, held its first Republican “debate watch party” in September... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

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


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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.