Blog Profile / Columbia Journalism Review

Filed Under:Media / Media Industry News
Posts on Regator:5997
Posts / Week:15.4
Archived Since:April 26, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Why the charges against Wesley Lowery and Ryan Reilly in Ferguson are absurd

Earlier this year, Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilly and Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery bet on whether St. Louis County prosecutors would file charges against them after their arrests last summer in Ferguson, Missouri. Reilly...Show More Summary

How women journalists can protect themselves online

In investigative journalist and sex columnist Violet Blue’s new book, The Smart Girl’s Guide to Privacy, released this month, she writes that the term “online while female” needs to be added to the lexicon of phrases connoting prejudice...Show More Summary

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

Here's a roundup of some of our favorite August archives. From top to bottom: The Southfield Eccentric (Birmingham, Mich.) 8/11/83; Honolulu Star-Bulletin 8/19/86; Brockton, Mass., Enterprise 8/9/85; Los Angeles Times 8/10/81; The Salt Lake Tribune 8/27/81 Have a headline you want to share? Snap a photo and email it to or tweet it to us @CJR.

Unsolicited advice for the new editor of the Detroit Free Press

DETROIT, MI — Yesterday, Robert Huschka was named executive editor of the Detroit Free Press. A well-liked staffer for more than 16 years, Huschka’s recent rise in the ranks has been strikingly fast. In February, he assumed the managing director role, and in May, he became interim editor. His resume is also a little unusual for a top editor: The...

Newman on leaving Sun-Times: ‘It’s been kind of a wild ride’

During the three years Craig Newman was managing editor of the Chicago Sun-Times, he oversaw so many buyouts and layoffs, including the headline-making ouster of the entire 28-member photography staff in 2013, that when asked he couldn't come up with an exact number for how many staffers had left while he was leading the newsroom. But he will no doubt...

Craig Newman is no longer the managing editor at Chicago Sun-Times

The Chicago Sun-Times managing editor Craig Newman announced that today was his last at the newsroom. Below are reactions from journalists on social media; we will have more details as they come. [View the story "Journalists react to Craig Newman leaving the Sun-Times" on Storify]

The digital media industry needs to react to ad blockers ... or else

Disrupting the media industry is easy. Not long ago, I moused over to, clicked on a green button that said “Install for Safari,” and less than 10 seconds later, ads had vanished. All of them. Goodbye iPad ad that unfurled down my screen. Goodbye blinking mattress ads. Goodbye car ad following me from site to site. This immediately became...

How truthful is your ‘truthiness’?

When it comes to the use of words, people (and dictionaries) generally fall into two camps: They use words the way they were intended to be used; or they say what they please, and as long as you understand them, it doesn’t matter. In linguistic terms, those camps are “prescriptivist” and “descriptivist.” In shorthand, a “prescriptivist” follows the way grammar...

Why 'diffing' could make news organizations more transparent

In a front-page story last month, The New York Times cast Hillary Clinton as the subject of a criminal investigation. Within hours, key parts of the story started to fall apart. It turned out that Clinton was not the subject, and the investigation was not of a criminal nature. Matt Purdy, an editor who worked on the story, explained the...

Why political journalists shouldn’t report on internal polling

In the waning days of the 2014 midterm elections, as the political sands shifted decidedly away from many Democratic candidates, The New York Times published a roundup of the party’s decisions to abandon races once considered competitive to shore up vulnerable incumbents. Show More Summary

The dangerous game of reporting on government spying operations

Most people in the United States have probably never heard of the popular German news site until this month. But it has been in the news for a reason it wish it wasn’t: the German government is threatening two of its reporters with treason. Their supposed offense? Reporting on leaked information about Germany’s mass surveillance capabilities. These leaks did...

Does New Jersey have a 'media desert' problem?

Newark, NJ, is a city of about 300,000, the 67th most-populous city in the US. With its high murder rates (it ranked third in the nation in 2013) and nearly 30 percent of its population living below the poverty line, you might think there would be substantial news coverage and a variety of news outlets in the city paying attention....

Reporters: What's the story with Obamacare co-ops?

In January, when it was clear that Iowa-based CoOportunity Health, one of 23 co-op insurance carriers set up under the Affordable Care Act, was on the brink of failing (which it soon thereafter did), I called on reporters to take a close look at the other 22 co-ops--with special scrutiny on those that had recently received additional funds from the...

What ProPublica gets from Yelp in a new partnership

A marriage made in heaven? An unlikely pairing? A damn smart business decision? Perhaps all three apply to the partnership announced yesterday between Yelp, best known as a restaurant review site, and non-profit news outlet ProPublica to provide consumers with information to facilitate their healthcare shopping experience. Show More Summary

A headline that editors probably wish they could take back

In this week's Lower case... Submitted by Brad Nason, Williamsport, PA Have a headline you want to share? Snap a photo and email it to or tweet it to us @CJR.

The Republican presidential debate is a time to cover candidates who aren’t Donald Trump

When the country tunes into the first primetime Republican presidential debate tonight, the cameras will quickly zoom to Donald Trump, whose dominant lead in the polls has earned him a center-stage podium amid the entourage of candidates. Show More Summary

A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter explains why he recently resigned from the Toronto Star

Paul Watson may be the most famous journalist you’ve never heard of. Few people in the US may know of him, but in Canada, he’s a celebrated public figure--and one of only two Canadian journalists to ever win a Pulitzer Prize (he won his in 1994 for war photography). The best-selling author has been making a different kind of headline...

SF Weekly publisher backs off plan to use cover story to 'make up' with advertiser

Score one for editorial independence, at least in one corner of the alt-weekly world. After a report of his newsroom meddling drew notice from journalists around the country, Glenn Zuehls, publisher of SF Weekly, says he won't be asking his newsroom to blow a big kiss to a major advertiser after all. Earlier this week, Zuehls was the subject of...

Jon Stewart made sense of the insanity all around us

David Remnick has a nice ode to Jon Stewart in the New Yorker this week, in which he correctly identifies the comedian as the best press critic we’ve had since A.J. Liebling. But that understates Stewart’s achievement. Over 17 years, the nice Jewish boy from New Jersey became the most interesting journalist on television. Particularly for war news—and it’s astonishing...

In a rush to be first, Mets reporter tweets too soon

Baseball insiders called it one of the sport’s strangest nights. The New York Mets, journalists said, had agreed to trade two young players to the Milwaukee Brewers for the stud centerfielder Carlos Gomez. With just days left before the July 31 trade deadline, it was a move sure to brighten the Mets’ playoffs hopes. Joel Sherman, a baseball columnist for...

Recent Posting Activity


Posts per Week
Posts on Regator

Related Blogs

Copyright © 2015 Regator, LLC