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Why it pays to work the fringes

A few months ago, trolling through The New York Times website, I came across a slideshow on Syrian child brides in Jordan by the gifted photographer Lynsey Addario. I watched the images unfurl: a striking silhouette of a pregnant 17-year-old refugee standing next to an unmade bed in a darkened room; a group of mostly married girls in head-scarves,...

How postmodernism destroyed journalism

e are deep in the journalistic trenches, mourning the shrinking and shuttering of newspapers and magazines, bemoaning declining salaries and freelance rates, jawing about the elusive new business model that will somehow reverse all these trends. Now comes Scott Timberg, an arts reporter laid off by the Los Angeles Times in 2008, to tell us that we are not alone....

21st-century censorship

T wo beliefs safely inhabit the canon of contemporary thinking about journalism. The first is that the internet is the most powerful force disrupting the news media. The second is that the internet and the communication and information...Show More Summary

'The Interview' reinforces a negative view of U.S. journalists

The Interview is a dangerous movie. The first victim was Sony, which had electronic files hacked in an intrusion that revealed shocking details: like the fact that one of its executives wanted to cast a black actor as James Bond, and that many people at Sony can't spell. But another more serious group of victims haven't yet been mentioned: journalists...

What can Lone Star listeners expect from Texas Standard?

AUSTIN — Early next year, the airwaves here will crackle to life with a new public-radio show that’s at once familiar and novel: the first daily, one-hour news magazine produced for, about, and from the Lone Star State. Texas Standard aims to be the Morning Edition or All Things Considered of America's second most populous state, home to four of...

Lists aren't the best way to determine freedom

Year's end is an avalanche of lists: rankings of influential people, the year's best movies and music, even the best and worst television moments. A range of activist and advocacy groups also rank the world's nation-states, from cleanest to most corrupt, from freest to most repressive. For these groups, rankings offer a direct means of motivating governments to change their...

Looking for Philadelphia's digital audience

DETROIT, MI -- How do you engage readers with local reporting? That's the question that Diana Lind is tackling in Philadelphia. Lind recently joined as the new director of digital audience development, a role created to better...Show More Summary

To keep or ditch the comments?

When millennial-targeted media company Mic ditched its comments section in mid-December, it was the latest in a string of similar announcements. The day before, The Week announced that it would forego comments in the new year, while the tech news site Re/code redesigned without comments in November. Show More Summary

CJR's most popular stories of 2014

As the staff of CJR looked back on this year, we wanted to share the most-read stories. Much of this year's traffic was thanks to social media, so we also wanted to include comments from Twitter (collected using Muck Rack's handy Who Shared My Link tool). Below are magazine pieces, interviews, and quick posts that gained the most traction this...

'Illegal,' 'undocumented,' or something else? No clear consensus yet

As style manual changes go, it was big news. “Illegal immigrant,” a phrase long used for people living in the country without authorization, was no longer “sanctioned” in Associated Press copy, the wire service declared in April 2013. Its influential Stylebook was updated to read, in part: Except in direct quotes essential to the story, use illegal only to refer...

Editor's picks: United States Project

The correspondents for CJR’s United States Project have a firsthand view of what’s happening in local journalism today: how legacy organizations and start-ups alike confront scarce funding, a shifting audience, and recalcitrant authorities; and how, despite those challenges, interesting, creative, important coverage continues to be done. Show More Summary

How New York protects police records from public view

As the national conversation about police-community relations intensified in recent months, open-government advocates in New York State escalated their fight against a statute that allows law-enforcement agencies to keep virtually all internal personnel records secret. Show More Summary

What Ferris Bueller can teach us about who counts as 'the media'

Here’s a bit of legal reasoning you don’t see every day: Of all the empowering, life-altering lessons Ferris Bueller taught us—for example, you can’t erase telltale mileage off a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder by jacking up the car and running it in reverse—his “life moves pretty fast” insight rings truest. It isn’t tired reel-life wisdom but tried real-life...

Entree, entry, or entrée?

Pronunciation sometimes makes the word. If someone has taken a bit part in a movie, one might say she got an "EN-tree-level acting job." But if you say that first job has launched her career, one might say that first job was her "on-TRAY into Hollywood." But is it spelled the same way? Before we get to that, we need...

2014 editor's picks

There is no business like the media business when it comes to generating lively headlines. From plagiarism to imploding start-ups to the riptide that ousted The New York Times' top editor, it's been an eye-popping year to cover the media. Here are just a few of the top pieces our editors chose on stories large and small: We’re all aggregators...

Jill Abramson on putting the public interest first

O ne of the most memorable conversations I had at The New York Times was with Punch Sulzberger. I came to his chairman emeritus office to interview him about the Pentagon Papers for a speech I was giving. Punch recalled that right before the Times published the first stories based on Daniel Ellsberg's leak of the classified Vietnam study, he...

The worst journalism of 2014

News blunders tend to have short lifespans. They’re outed by watchful eyes, social media erupts, and the gears of outrage begin to turn. But after a brief flourish of snarky finger-wagging, they typically disappear, lost amid the ever-expanding sea of digital content. This year has been one of many triumphs for journalists, who’ve told the stories of political struggle...

Guess what? People lie to reporters

Fourteen years ago, a man lied to me. I was a business reporter at The Baltimore Sun. What he told me was not a small lie or a "misstatement," as he would later claim, but several flat-out fabrications. The man, who told me to call him Dick, said he graduated from MIT. He said he'd fought in Vietnam. He said...

Ralston Reports cancellation end part of a trend: Less politics on Nevada TV

On Dec. 12, the studio lights turned off for the last time at Ralston Reports, the hard-hitting public affairs program on KSNV-TV in Las Vegas. Hosted by the veteran political pundit Jon Ralston, who’d been on the air for 14 years and had also written for both Vegas papers before starting his own website, the program had a reputation for...

Questioning the CBC's decision to remove Jian Ghomeshi's interviews

In a year full of stories about sexual assault, Jian Ghomeshi's stood out. He was no anonymous abuser, like the perpetrators in the much-maligned UVA story. Nor was he a celebrity past his heyday, like Bill Cosby and Woody Allen arguably are. Rather, Ghomeshi, 47, was at the height of his fame earlier this year when allegations surfaced that he...

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