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The dossiers you don't know about

Let’s assume your doctor has not gone totally electronic. If you walked into the doctor’s office and, behind the receptionist, saw a cabinet containing rows and rows of fat manila folders, each with some letters or numbers on the spine, you would probably think of it as a “filing cabinet,” or as shelves filled with “files.” When you went into...

Reporters flocked to a campus controversy but missed its surprising conclusion

A column criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement nearly sank The Wesleyan Argus, the nation’s oldest twice-weekly college newspaper, in September 2015. The ensuing backlash and national media attention made the small, private Wesleyan University a poster child for a recurring debate over the First Amendment on campus. Show More Summary

Rethinking the right to reply

In March 2015, El Faro, the El Salvador-based online magazine, published a detailed investigation of a massacre that took place in the village of Santa Cruz in 1981, at the height of the country’s civil war. The El Faro report, based on research carried out by the University of Washington, directly implicated retired General Sigifredo Ochoa Pérez, then a member...

Podcast: The ethics of BuzzFeed's decision to publish Trump-Russia memos

Did BuzzFeed make the right call by publishing unverified memos detailing Russian efforts to compromise Donald Trump? How is The Undefeated, a new publication by ESPN, tackling this moment in race and politics? What did Trump's first press conference as president-elect tell us about how he'll treat the media going forward? We discuss that and more this week on The...

Q&A: Former Obama staffers launch Crooked Media

During the 2016 campaign, a trio of former Obama staffers, Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor, mixed insider knowledge, humor, and open partisanship on the Keepin’ it 1600 podcast, which drew as many as 400,000 listeners per episode under the umbrella of Bill Simmons’ website, The Ringer. In the weeks and months leading up to the election, they provided...

Chicago TV journalists finally get their first—and last—interviews with Obama

For the eight years he was in office, President Barack Obama snubbed the Chicago press corps, ignoring repeated interview requests from local reporters in his adopted hometown. Then—days before he returned this week to deliver a farewell...Show More Summary

In the story of Trump, there is no story

ournalists are masters of narrative. The language of journalism reflects this: You have to get the "story"; the "story" will run on the front page; don't get behind the "story." The very idea and promise of America is one great saga of humble beginnings, hard work, redemption and reward. This is why Hollywood plots still bear the influence of Joseph...

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

We're back at it again! In this week's Lower Case... Canton Rep, 1/5/17.@bsudailynews circa 1985 made it onto the newseum's bad headline bathroom wall— Kara Berg (@karaberg95) December 20, 2016 From The (Santa Fe) New Mexican, 6/14/81 Want to see more regrettable headlines? Check out the Lower Case archives.

PEOTUS Trump’s first presser was a PR stunt, because of course

When Donald Trump emerged from gold-plated elevator doors into a Trump Tower lobby Wednesday morning, so many of the journalists arrayed before him thrust their smartphones upward that us poor souls in the back could hardly catch a real-life glimpse. Show More Summary

BuzzFeed was right to publish Trump-Russia files

Early Tuesday evening, spurred by a CNN story, BuzzFeed published a 35-page dossier on Donald Trump’s alleged long-term relationship with Russia. The documents contain references to compromising information the Russians purportedly gathered...Show More Summary

Trump berated a CNN reporter, and fellow journalists missed an opportunity

The most confrontational moment of Donald Trump’s first press conference in 168 days featured the President-elect pointing his finger at a CNN reporter and declaring, “You are fake news.” CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta...Show More Summary

Q&A: A scrappy Wall Street Journal reporter on his jump to Breitbart

The news that respected Wall Street reporter John Carney is leaving his role at The Wall Street Journal to head up a new vertical at the right-wing news site Breitbart raised eyebrows among media types late Monday. As Bloomberg’s Joshua Green first reported, Carney will lead a team of contributors in establishing a business, markets, and economics news site that is...

Letters from our readers

Here is a selection of letters and emails we’ve received since December 5. Please send correspondence to, along with your name, address, and any relevant affiliation. “Paper makes audacious decision to highlight silent...Show More Summary

Donald Trump is a media organization

It is inconceivable that Donald Trump, president-elect of the United States, was not watching the Golden Globes on Sunday night, or at least following it on his phone. His difficult history with awards shows is only matched by his intense, professional interest in their outcome. The consistent snubs delivered by the Emmys to The Apprentice, the vehicle that made his...

The intersection of race, sports and culture: Kevin Merida and The Undefeated

On a recent Tuesday, Kevin Merida sat in on a meeting for a project set to launch later this month. He leaned back with one leg crossed over the other, his gray socks peeking out from his leather shoes. He adjusted his glasses as managing editor Raina Kelley led the conversation by phone. “The Wendy Williams Show” was muted on...

Focus more on fighting bad journalism, less on fake news

The Fake News Panic has reached an advanced stage in which the smart take on the situation—published at CJR and elsewhere—is to call for more direct descriptions of the problem: lies, propaganda, deception. “The label,” Washington Post...Show More Summary

2016's Words of the Year

Yes, it’s 2017. Time for a look back at that great year, 2016, and the words of the year it spawned. The words of the year usually reflect what has happened in the past year socially and politically, and this year was no exception, overfull as it was with political and social drama. In many ways, the year seemed “surreal,”...

Will a South Carolina political blogger go to jail to protect his sources?

“I’m not going to rat a source out.” That’s what political blogger Will Folks, who runs in South Carolina, told CJR this week on the eve of his latest deposition in a libel lawsuit brought by a former state lawmaker. It was a bold statement--especially because a state judge ordered Folks in October to reveal, if asked to do...

Podcast: Fox News and life after Megyn Kelly

What does Fox News' primetime lineup say about its direction under the Trump Administration? Why should we care about the fate of the publishing platform Medium? What's the deal with all these misreported stories about Russia? We discuss that and more this week on The Kicker, where I’m joined by CJR Tow Editor Nausicaa Renner and Delacorte Fellow Pete Vernon....

Curtains fall on arts critics at newspapers

For the first time since the Beatles played Ed Sullivan, Boston doesn’t have a newspaper staffer dedicated to the pop music beat. The city has writers covering everything from Aerosmith to indie rock. They freelance for papers, contribute to online music magazines, pen posts for radio station websites, and blog. But none of them have staff positions. The six decades...

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