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What grammar rules should go?

Since most of us just switched to Daylight Saving Time (not “Savings”), let’s play a game called “Is it Time?” We’ll pose some usage issues that people often fight over, and ask whether it’s time to let go. Is it time to accept “they,” “them,” and “theirs” as singular pronouns when you don’t know the sex of the person, or...

With more police wearing cameras, the fight over footage has begun in Florida

MIAMI — As more police departments equip their officers with body-worn cameras, the question of who gets access to that footage—and at what cost—is fast becoming a new frontier in open-records policy. Here in Florida, with one of the strongest public-records laws in the country, that frontier may soon be shaped by a couple of factors. One is a lawsuit...

The problem with World Press Photo's contest

There are certain things photojournalists are never supposed to do if they want to remain credible visual communicators. They are worth reviewing to understand the ethical cyclone that struck one of the profession’s most prestigious awards organizations. Show More Summary

Serial's crowdsourced sleuthing isn't new

One of the most fascinating aspects of the Serial podcast craze has been the amount of audience interaction with the story, a novel phenomenon for today’s journalists, though not historically. As Koening and her team reported on the case, they didn’t know how it would end, leaving a vacuum for listeners to fill. A Reddit page devoted to the podcast...

A newsroom’s sharpest leaders aren't always managers

Liz: I’ll start with a curveball. Sometimes, some of the strongest leaders in the room aren’t the ones with the corner offices but instead work among the regular ranks of reporters and editors in the room. Whether through sheer talent or personality or both, these journalists can become the models that others follow. How can their bosses take advantage...

John R. MacArthur, publisher of Harper's

Streamed live on March 5, 2015—John R. MacArthur speaks with Victor Navasky.

Where'd that story happen? On local-TV Twitter, it can be hard to tell

A smartphone video of cops shooting a homeless man to death on a Southern California Skid Row goes viral and sparks a new wave of media attention to the intersection of law enforcement, race, and violence. You might have first come across that news on Facebook, a nightly news report, or somewhere else. So if you're living in Columbia, SC—or...

Study examines how political reporters interact on Twitter — and Twitter erupts

As CNN political reporter Peter Hamby has aptly noted, Twitter has replaced the campaign bus as the place where political reporters swap information and where media narratives develop. The proportion of journalists on Twitter is roughly three times that of internet-using adults. Show More Summary

Reporter won’t back down when covering Colorado insurance exchange

In mid-February, Katie Kerwin McCrimmon wrote her 148th story for Health News Colorado, a foundation-funded niche site with a mission to provide in-depth coverage of health and health policy issues in the state. The piece, while notShow More Summary

Answers to all the questions journalists might have about Hillary Clinton's emails

On Monday night, The New York Times published an explosive story on Hillary Clinton’s exclusive use of a private email address during her time as Secretary of State. Since then, journalistic shrapnel has been scattered across the internet as reporters have raced to further the story from every angle. We’ve picked up the pieces and used them to answer the...

The Guardian’s Homan Square story was huge on the internet--but not in Chicago media

CHICAGO, IL — On Election Day just over a week ago, as this city’s reporters and editors focused on whether the incumbent mayor with ties to the White House would win big or be forced into a historic run-off, an out-of-town newspaper produced a startling account of alleged abuse at a police facility called Homan Square. The blockbuster story, published...

Bruce Jenner coverage doesn't accurately represent the trans community

In recent months news media has been obsessed with speculation about the possibility that Bruce Jenner might be trans. From tabloids like TMZ to entertainment magazines and respected publications like The New York Times, there has been a stream of reports about the possibility, though Jenner has not spoken publicly on the issue and it’s considered harmful in the LGBT...

Should journalists expose trolls?

Public humiliation is never more entertaining than when it’s justified. That probably explains the success of Swedish TV show Trolljägarna, or Troll Hunters. It follows journalist Robert Aschberg as he tracks down so-called “trolls” who have posted hate speech in social forums or abused individuals online and then confronts them on-camera. Show More Summary

Confusing condominium

A couple of weeks ago, Martin S. Indyk, vice president and director of the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution and a former US ambassador to Israel, wrote a two-part series on the future of US relations in the Middle East. The choices, he wrote, came down to “a Joint Condominium with Iran or a Back to the Future...

How a vibrant public radio station rose in the West Texas desert

AUSTIN, TX — Out in the most lonesome stretches of West Texas, that vast land spanning the Big Bend, the Trans-Pecos and the rugged Davis Mountains, everything is few and far between: houses, people, even radio signals. But as a traveler approaches the town of Marfa on the high desert, a radio station comes through loud and clear, carrying the...

Bringing prison violence to life

When Bill Keller left The New York Times for The Marshall Project last year, he told the newspaper that the nonprofit venture was intended to be “a bit of a wake-up call to a public that has gotten a little numbed to the scandal that our criminal justice system is.” That call rang this weekend with a biting, 7,000-word feature...

Welcome to the new CJR

The Columbia Journalism Review takes on a new look this morning, with an elegant, fresh design on its desktop, tablet and mobile sites. If you remember CJR’s old look we think you’ll welcome our new one: visually bold, with cleaner lines, easier navigation and gorgeous color and typography. Best of all, it’s a better expression of our mission and our...

The New Republic, then and now

the implosion of The New Republic was shocking in its totality. The departure of 23 staff writers and editors—in addition to researchers, assistants, and contributing editors—forced the political magazine to temporarily halt publication. Show More Summary

Changing words

The Invention of News: How the World Came to Know About Itself By Andrew Pettegree Yale University Press 445 pages. $35; paper, $25 arrives with honors, as the winner of the 2015 Goldsmith Book Prize given by the Harvard Kennedy School, Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. Its author is a distinguished scholar of Renaissance and...


a year after the break-in that ignited the Watergate scandal, National Lampoon deadpanned a faux Soviet conspiracy that saw officials “removing bugs from telephones, mixing actual letters and telegrams from Soviet citizens in with the usual phony ones, telling the truth to foreign newsmen,” and refusing to lie at their own trials. Show More Summary

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