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Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

This week's winning headline comes from "a San Francisco freelancer": Green4Sea, 10/12/15 Have a headline you want to share? Snap a photo and email it to or tweet it to us @CJR.

Leader who dared journalists to dream steps down

Charles Eisendrath, longtime director of the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists and the Knight-Wallace Fellows at the University of Michigan, will retire this summer. “This came at my volition and on the best possible terms,” he wrote in an e-mail to current fellows on Monday. Eisendrath, who turned 75 last week, has been a singular force in shaping the awards...

Where the right to know comes from

In 2003, Dean Baquet, then managing editor of the Los Angeles Times, along with then-Editor John S. Carroll, considered--and ultimately rejected--delaying publication of a damaging story on gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger. Show More Summary

A note to CJR’s readers

In an effort to better align our resources with our mission, we have decided to significantly boost our investment in Columbia Journalism Review’s digital operations, while shifting the print magazine schedule from bimonthly to two special issues per year. The print magazine has a revered place in American journalism. For half a century, it was the primary means by which...

Will the race for a faster Web kill off small publishers?

Last week when Google’s head of news, Richard Gringras, introduced Accelerate Mobile Pages, the company’s new open-source project aimed at making the Web faster, he said its main objectives were to create a “deal-less environment” that’s...Show More Summary

San Francisco Chronicle suspends reporter for press release copy-and-paste

The San Francisco Chronicle has suspended its Golden State Warriors beat reporter after he wrote an article Monday that was nearly a word-for-word copy of a team press release. Rusty Simmons wrote the piece after the Warriors issued a press release announcing their purchase of land from the tech company Salesforce in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood, where the team...

How journalists are using social media monitoring to support local news coverage

In July 2014, when a disgruntled employee shot his boss in a downtown Chicago high-rise, a TV crew at NBC 5 in Chicago showed up on the scene. Police had roped off the building, and employees were told to stay on their floor. Nobody knew exactly what was going on except that an armed intruder might still be inside. Back...

Over 700 people killed by police this year, but who's counting?

It’s a horrifying number, if true, and that summer, it certainly seemed like it could be. In August, several weeks after Michael Brown’s death at the hands of a white cop in Ferguson, Mo., the statistic was cited on CNN, erroneously as it turned out. Conservative radio host Larry Elder and Morehouse College professor and activist Eric Lamont Hill...

Meet the megadonors: NYT reveals the elites funding presidential campaigns

A pair of unlikely contenders has brought campaign finance to the fore in the early stages of the 2016 presidential campaign season. A real estate magnate and reality TV star atop the GOP primary polls has claimed firsthand experience of buying political access, if not outright influence, with his checkbook. Show More Summary

To beknight, or not to benight

A “night” is dark. A “knight” is heroic. It’s difficult to confuse the two. But add the prefix “be-,” and one inadvertently becomes the other. “Benight” as a verb means “to overtake by darkness,” whether it’s physical, moral, or intellectual, according to the Merriam-Webster Unabridged dictionary. Show More Summary

Is CRWN 'the cover story brought to life'?

When the potty-mouthed, ultra-unfiltered 22-year-old rapper Tyler, The Creator appeared two years ago as the debut guest of the paid audience interview series “CRWN,” he was as confused about the concept as anyone. “Yo, this is crazy,” Tyler said upon taking the stage in New York’s Highline Ballroom. “All you motherfuckers paid $20 to see me talk for an hour?...

A closer look at the man wrongfully accused of being the Boston bomber

Sunil Tripathi was already dead when Reddit famously fingered him as the Boston bomber. Or alleged Boston bomber. Or maybe not the bomber at all, just a guy who looks like the guy the FBI was looking for. Tripathi wasn’t a bomber, or a suspect. He was a 22-year-old Brown University student who had been missing for a month when...

A plan to turn this local paper into a national brand helped make a mess of its website

A year ago, the website of the Chicago Sun-Times was not especially good. It would have been hard to predict how bad it could get. On a desktop computer, the current site is cluttered and often painfully slow to load. The search function is inconsistent and unhelpful. The legacy archives are largely missing, stored on a hard drive somewhere in...

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

In this week's Lower case, some favorites from the archives... Tarrytown Daily News, 8/16/75 The New York Times, 10/23/74 (NY) Daily News, 1/21/76 Have a headline you want to share? Snap a photo and email it to or tweet it to us @CJR.

As Philadelphia City Paper closes, a campaign springs up to keep its archives public

“If it bleeds it leads,” the old saying goes. For alt-weekly lovers and fans of good journalism in general, “Philadelphia City Paper to Cease Publication” was that type of story—a stab in the heart as another publication bit the dust. A company called Broad Street Media, which owns the competing Philadelphia Weekly, announced Sept. 30 that it had “ac­quired the...

Meet the Oregon man who might be writing editorials for your local paper

Last month, an unusual disclaimer began popping up below select editorials in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “This editorial,” it read, in parentheses, “was commissioned from freelance editorialists and edited by the Post-Dispatch editorial board.” Attentive readers had some questions. Show More Summary

Reuters' Adler to become chair of CJR's Board of Overseers

that Stephen J. Adler, president and editor in chief of Reuters, has agreed to become the next chair of the Columbia Journalism Review’s Board of Overseers. A board member since 2011, Steve has been a valuable contributor and unfailing supporter of CJR and its mission. He also runs one of the largest news organizations in the world, with some...

Crossing boundaries: A journalist chronicles her friendship with a serial killer

Michael Ross murdered eight young women and raped even more. He was sentenced to die on a bitter-cold night in January 2005. As a small army of law-enforcement officials prepared for the state’s first execution in 45 years, reporter Martha Elliott tried to prepare for the loss of a subject who, against journalistic standards, had become a dear friend. “I’m...

On photographing the police: The pros and cons of the embed

George Holliday's video of Los Angeles police officers beating Rodney King in March 1991 was the first cop watch video to go viral, albeit via TV broadcasts rather than the still-nascent internet. Twenty-five years later, the media landscape...Show More Summary

Hip: What's in a name?

Watch what happens to the images in your head with these descriptions: He’s hip. He’s a hippie. He’s a hipster. Notice how the person you were picturing changed, from beatnik cool to counterculture peacenik, to... what? Someone in ironic jeans? A young, self-aware artistic type scrambling to get the latest trendy pastry before the rest of the world (or...

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