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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

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.