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Letters to the editor

Robot vs. Human How many news media drones--or camera and microphone mounted on the end of broomsticks (see last graph of Louise Roug's article "Eye in the Sky," May/June 2014)--should authorities allow at a crash scene, big fire, or...Show More Summary

Infographic: Soccer goes mainstream in the US

For four solid weeks in the middle of summer, a growing legion of US soccer fans cling to radios, laptops, and television screens as the 20th World Cup takes place in Brazil. What was once a niche sport is becoming mainstream--over 24 million Americans watched the last final in 2010--and media coverage has expanded to match in kind....

Darts & Laurels

DART to MSNBC's Way Too Early for its ludicrously insensitive Cinco de Mayo segment, which featured a producer staggering about in a sombrero and chugging tequila straight from a bottle as part of the program's "Mexican heritage celebration." Classy, MSNBC. Show More Summary

Quiz: Google Glass vs. Google Hoax

Everyone's talking about Google Glass. After years of development and exclusive, invitation-only testing, the tech giant finally made its wearable computer available to the public in May, and journalists are still buzzing about it. Some think it's the future of journalism; others have declared it a fascinating failure. Show More Summary

Hard Numbers

60 percent of US journalists in 1982 said they had "almost complete freedom" in selecting their stories 33.6 percent of US journalists in 2013 said they had "almost complete freedom" in selecting their stories 8 number of leak cases in which the Obama administration has brought criminal charges 3 number of leak cases in which the US government brought...

Story Control

Back in February, MIT's Center for Civic Media published a stunning series of graphics tracing press coverage of Trayvon Martin's slaying, from a handful of Tweets to the most-covered story about race in the last five years. It wasn't the first time researchers from the Center have traced a story to its roots using data from Media Cloud, a...

Striking redundant expressions

"Write tighter" is a plea most journalists have heard, probably more than once. One way to do so is to find where you've used two or more words to convey a thought or image that one of those words already does. "She nodded her head," for example, can just be "she nodded." She can't nod any part but her head,...

Crunching the numbers on self-publishing

Amazon, Atavist, Beacon Reader, Byliner, iTunes, Kobo, Medium. There are plenty of online platforms where writers can get longform stories and ebooks published, or even publish the work themselves. But while it's easier than ever to get your work seen, it's not necessarily easy to make real money. CJR asked some writers how much profit they made from their self-publishing...

The toy department shall lead us

When Ezra Klein left the Washington Post in January to start his own website at Vox Media, a big factor in his decision was Vox's custom-built content management system, called Chorus. "They had the technology we thought we were inventing," Klein told The New York Times. As it happens, that technology, which powers Vox's growing media empire, began with...

Rosie the scribbler

Liz Sly, the Beirut bureau chief of The Washington Post, was sitting in the lobby of a Damascus hotel a couple of years ago, discussing the civil war in Syria with a group of female colleagues, when in walked a male reporter they knew. "What are you doing here?" Sly deadpanned. "This is a woman's job now." It was...

End of an era?

Spurred by the foreign policy crises in Ukraine and Syria, and a fear that the US is losing the global information war with the likes of Russia, China, and Iran, Congress appears ready to turn the Voice of America into a direct tool of government policy. The International Communications Reform Act, being shepherded through the House by Ed Royce, the...

Bedrooms of the fallen

Ashley Gilbertson has made a small ceremony of stopping for a cup of coffee and a cigarette on his way to an assignment. One February morning in 2010, the scene of that ceremony was Earleville, MD, a farming town so tiny, and with so little demand for caffeine, it doesn't have a coffee shop. Not even the gas station...

Are we journalists first?

In the fall of 1997, the Los Angeles Times published an ambitious 6,500-word front-page feature on the lives of the children of drug addicts. It was written by a young reporter named Sonia Nazario, who was the Times' urban-affairs writer. She was no stranger to the kind of journalism that pressed her hard against human suffering, beyond the codified...

Journalism's bright future (is a lie?)

Since 1985, the George T. Delacorte Center at Columbia Journalism School has hosted a lecture series on magazine journalism. Over the years, a slew of famous editors (David Remnick, Chris Anderson, Gloria Steinem, Hilton Kramer) and some of their less-famous colleagues (Adam Pitluk, Roberta Myers, James R. Gaines) have held forth on everything from how to talk to an art...

Build the future

A decade ago, aspiring journalists could just think about journalism and leave the financial side to others. Now, to be a successful journalist you have to think like an entrepreneur and understand something about the business you're in. You have to build your own audience, as distinct from that of your publication. You have to think about what kind...

False idol

For a Delacorte Lecture I gave in 2012, I described what I viewed as a headlong rush toward digital self-destruction in the publishing and journalism world. I criticized the jargon of the "free content" salesmen and their allies at Google, Facebook, and The Huffington Post. And I appealed to the larger community of writers and publishers to counterattack--to fight...

A parting shot

The Last Magazine By Michael Hastings Blue Rider Press 352 pages Hardcover, $26.95 Michael Hastings first burst onto the national scene in 2010 with his George Polk Award-winning feature in Rolling Stone on General Stanley McChrystal, the NATO commander in Afghanistan, and the general's faltering counterinsurgency strategy. Show More Summary

Received wisdom

Think Tanks in America By Thomas Medvetz University of Chicago Press 344 pages Hardcover, $32.50 The Public Broadcasting Service's round-the-clock coverage of the Watergate hearings stands as a weighty moment in the annals of broadcasting, announcing PBS as a public-affairs contender while laying the groundwork for what would become the NewsHour. Show More Summary

Brief encounters

Saving Community Journalism: The Path to Profitability By Penelope Muse Abernathy The University of North Carolina Press 254 pages; $27.50 cloth; $27.99 ebook Penelope Muse Abernathy, formerly an executive at The New York Times and The...Show More Summary

Exit Interview: Ed O'Keefe

After 12 years at ABC News, working his way up from a desk assistant to executive producer of ABC News Digital, Ed O'Keefe plunged into the world of startups as editor in chief of NowThis News, a video-news site for the social-media generation. O'Keefe experimented with content, tailoring videos to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, and Snapchat, and bringing news...

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