Saturday, December 20, 2014. Last Update: Fri 5:42 PM EST

The News Frontier

HuffPost and Patch Look for Primary Power Brokers

New initiative to measure GOP conversation, outside the Beltway

Early last month, CJR published an interview with Hans Noel, a Georgetown University political scientist and co-author of The Party... More

Web First, Print Later

Why some digital news startups are branching into print

When Knight Foundation executive John Bracken said that “Print is the new vinyl” this weekend, the point of his comparison... More

Lessons from the Seattle PostGlobe

For start-ups, a love of journalism is not enough

When, in 2009, Hearst announced that it had decided to close the 146-year-old Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the newspaper’s staffers were beset... More

Borders’ Newsstand Blues

Store closings spell trouble for niche magazine titles

Just like plenty of other Borders shoppers, Kevin Walter has been getting messages in his inbox from the bankrupt book... More

A Tale of Two Paywalls

One goes up, the other comes down

In Honolulu, the Civil Beat, a subscription-based online news site, has been drawing a line in the white hot Hawaiian... More

A River Runs Through It

Defining news communities through the water they share

While students at Michigan State University’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, Andrew McGlashen and Jeff Gillies started thinking, like so... More

The NYT Paywall Is Out of the Gate Fast

281,000 paying digital subscribers in three months show readers will pay for quality news

The Wall Street Journal has long had a successful online paywall. The Financial Times has one, too. We can confidently... More

Left, Right, and Off Target

PEJ report’s misguided focus on “ideology” in nonprofit journalism

A new report on non-profit news startups from the Project for Excellence in Journalism has been attracting a little bit... More

A Visualization of Newspapers’ History

Stanford University team maps papers’ progress throughout the West

Did newspapers make the west, or did the west make newspapers? This is one of the questions that drives Geoff... More

Unemployment Lines

Yahoo readers share their joblessness stories

Unemployment coverage is often so dominated by sterile numbers and political pontification that it can seem like a lonely, cold... More

Mommy Bloggers Cover the Casey Anthony Trial

If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy

Debi Cruz-Beck blogs almost everyday about motherhood, parenting and the like for her popular blog, The Truth About Motherhood. She... More

Q&A: Luke Stangel, Co-Creator of TapIn Bay Area

“Mobile could make us focus again on what we do really well as reporters.”

This week, Bay Area News Group—publisher of the San Jose Mercury News, the Oakland Tribune, and several other newspapers—will release... More

The Article Is Journalism’s Yellow Mustard

Launch pad: Newsbound.com

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

iPad Magazines: Just a Little Bit of History Repeating

Tablet news following a pattern as old as paper itself

Last December, headlines decreed that the digital publishing world was falling apart. After an initial surge, iPad magazine sales were... More

Grantland Rises

An initial review of Bill Simmons’s sports site

As a journalist it’s impossible not to root for Grantland, the long-form ESPN spinoff site captained by logorrheic NBA junkie... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Bloggingheads

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

  • If you like the magazine, get the rest of the year for just $19.95 (6 issues in all).
  • If not, simply write cancel on the bill and return it. You will owe nothing.

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.