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The public report card that has everyone scratching their heads

Liz Spayd, CJR editor: There is an interesting report newly released from the Columbia Journalism School's Tow Center on how our obsession with measuring traffic impacts newsroom culture. If your stories do well, everyone cheers, and if they don't, anxiety ensues. Many managers are probably somewhat new to handling this issue, so what advice might you have? Jill: Warning: if...

Why almost no one’s covering the war in Yemen

CAIRO — More than 1,200 people have died since Saudi Arabia and its allies launched a military operation in Yemen in March, but the country has become so hard to access that news organizations are finding it almost impossible to cover the conflict. At the same time, a lack of electricity and poorly developed internet infrastructure are hampering the citizen...

Letters to the editor

Copy and Paste Marc Fisher’s piece (“Steal this idea” March/April) angered me. If journalists want to be taken seriously as professionals, shouldn’t they act professionally? Stealing each other’s work, even a little bit of copying, doesn’t seem professional to me. Show More Summary

Journalism’s emerging platforms

There’s a longstanding mantra at NPR, says Brian Boyer, the organization’s visuals editor. “If it doesn’t work on mobile, it doesn’t work.” Making stories mobile-friendly has been the ambition of many newsrooms for the better part of a decade. Show More Summary

Alexis Lloyd explains The New York Times’ Research and Development Lab

Imagine a table that records conversations in meetings, or a mirror that collects data while you get ready in the morning. These are just some of the many projects under the helm of Alexis Lloyd, the creative director of The New York Times Research & Development Lab. Lloyd investigates and develops emerging technologies in media and journalism by exploring interactive...

Why you should get rid of the ‘1’ in phone numbers

Commercial jingles do it. Journalists do it. Even websites do it. They tell you to dial “1” before the area code in a phone number. But that practice is quickly going the way of calling the operator and asking for someone by name. First assigned in the late 19th century, early telephone numbers were often four or five digits, depending...

Hard numbers: The new livestream

20 Days after the release of the new livestreaming app Meerkat that it took Politico to label the 2016 presidential race “The Meerkat Election” 27 Days after Meerkat’s release that it took Twitter to launch its own livestreaming app, Periscope 700,000 Users on Meerkat after its first seven weeks 1 million Users who signed into Periscope in its first 10...

5 tips for securing your work online

Digital security post-Snowden has become a staple of the reporter’s toolkit. If you want extra layers of protection for your work but aren’t sure where to begin, your first move as a Gmail user should probably be with the service’s two-step verification. CJR also spoke with several cybersecurity experts to put together an essential set of tools for journalists, starting...

The first student edition of CJR

I've often been puzzled by why young people just starting out would willingly veer toward the profession of journalism. Decent jobs are hard to come by, and for those who land one, the first paycheck will surely be a disappointment. The J-school grads will be buying used shoes on eBay while their MBA friends are paying full price for anything...

Anatomy of a poem

Alissa Quart is a journalist and poet, and sometimes she’s a poet who writes about journalism. Monetized, the first poetry collection from the co-editor of the journalism nonprofit Economic Hardship Reporting Project, delves into new media, commercialism, and modern culture. Show More Summary

Graduating journalism students: Adapt or die

Class list Nick Cimarusti Thomas Davis Lonna Dawson Jeremy Fuchs Danny Funt Alexandra Hoey Jack Murtha Tariro Mzezewa Kay Nguyen Nilkanth Patel André Tassinari Carrie Waltemeyer Teri Washington Alanna Weissman Adjunct professors Reyhan...Show More Summary

Journalism and the power of emotions

One sweltering day in the late 1880s, journalist and photographer Jacob Riis found his way to a stifling slum tenement on Mott Street in New York. A family sat huddled around a small child who lay still, her breath labored. Their expressions were blank with futility. The little girl wasn’t sick with disease, and she wasn’t injured. She was hungry....

What's next for NowThis?

Photo by Sean Hemmerle Inside the office of video news startup NowThis, it’s quiet. Soft music plays from a nearby speaker, but most of the sound comes from clicking keyboards and computer mice. Nearly all of the 30 or so staffers are wearing headphones, absorbed by computer screens as they edit short clips for social media to meet their daily...

How journalism schools are adjusting to the digital age

David Remnick, the longtime editor of The New Yorker, recently recounted a meeting during the early days of online publishing when the veteran sports essayist Roger Angell said he would always “want to be able to describe, in English, how the hand fits over the baseball to throw a screwball.” It’s a worthy commitment, Remnick explained during an appearance at...

Do writers worry too much about the wrong thing?

If journalists have a superpower, it’s our ability to communicate. With lightning speed, ideas are pitched to editors, interviews are conducted with sources, stories are written for every platform, and deadlines beat down by the minute. Show More Summary

How these journalists found themselves

Laura Miller Freelance book critic Laura Miller didn’t get her first full-time journalism job until she was 35, but it turned out to be a major one: In 1995, she was the fifth employee hired at Salon. Miller worked at various alt-weeklies and before that, for a small local press and a mail-order company, while doing freelance criticism. Now...

What’s the right way to ask whether someone is gay?

Should you care if your celebrity crush is gay? When a journalist inquires about someone’s sexual preference, the question can seem intrusive. The awkward moment when Barbara Walters once pushed Ricky Martin to say he’s gay is best left back in 2000. Ten years later, Walters said publicly, “Unless someone is openly gay and happy to talk about it, it’s...

Is it possible to get millennials to watch the news?

Broadcast news is dying. Its audience has dispersed. And few under 30 watch the nightly news, or even TV at all, for that matter. These truisms have become accepted wisdom in the mediasphere over the last several years. While some news organizations have embraced technology and held onto their readers and viewers, others have struggled significantly to do this. If...

4 media ventures that failed

Journalism experiments often fail. That’s part of the game. But what can we learn by looking in the rearview mirror at some of the high-profile flops in digital journalism past? That’s what we tried to find out by looking at a few experiments that arrived with fanfare at the time of their launch but didn’t last long. What can the...

The second death of Tony Hart

Carolyn Ross was at work this winter when someone asked if she’d heard the news about her dad. There wasn’t much to hear, she thought, because Pa, as she affectionately calls him, had died more than six years ago. But when she searched his name online, the results were peculiar. “There it was: All this huge fuss, and people reacting...

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