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Celebrated heartland news outlet drops magazine, keeps T-shirts and soaps

This Land Press, the Tulsa-based startup founded in 2010 to bring literary journalism to Middle America, will suspend publication of its celebrated magazine this spring. The small editorial staff disbanded in January; founder and editor Michael Mason has returned to the healthcare industry, where he worked previously, and plans to complete a book. A letter […]

Covering Trump: What Happens When Journalism, Politics, and Fake News Collide

After six weeks of his presidency, the media covering Trump’s administration is beginning to get a feel for the challenges that lie ahead. The president has labeled the press “the enemy of the American people” and excluded some news outlets from briefings; the First Amendment feels like it’s under threat; and fake news and “alternative […]

Q&A: Nicholas Thompson looks to push Wired into the future by returning to radical roots

Upon Nicholas Thompson’s return to Wired last month as editor in chief, one of his first actions was to bring together the magazine’s founding team, as well as former editor Chris Anderson. Over dinner at Millennium restaurant in Oakland, just across the Bay Bridge from Wired’s San Francisco offices, Thompson spoke with those who had […]

Q&A: Red-state opinion editor on calling out Trump’s silence

Colleen McCain Nelson attended her share of presidential press briefings about tragic shootings as a White House reporter for The Wall Street Journal. So it struck her as odd that President Trump offered no statement for several days following an apparently race-motivated shooting last week in Olathe, Kansas. Nelson, who returned to her native Kansas […]

A recipe for journalism that works

Donald Trump has a bully’s nose for the vulnerable and the defenseless, and he sees the American media as both. The White House’s vicious attacks on the press and the often-timid response from journalists stem from the fact that, as a business, the press at this moment couldn’t be more exposed: Most of the biggest […]

10 tools to tackle common problems journalists face

Few industries have been as affected by technology as much as journalism. More than just a seismic shift from print to web to mobile devices, news now is gathered with the help of all types of tools, and smart newsrooms are making sure there’s as much room for social teams or podcast studios as for […]

Newsrooms are making leaking easier–and more secure–than ever

A growing number of disaffected government insiders have been approaching journalists to share information anonymously since the election in November and the inauguration just over a month ago. In response, news organizations have made...Show More Summary

Creating a Fox News for the left

Donald Trump would not be president today were it not for the help of Fox and Friends. Their frenzied cheerleading for the birther candidate and their relentless bashing of Hillary Clinton wasn’t the only reason for last November’s outcome, but it was an indispensable one. Clinton started the 2016 race burdened with some of the […]

How to cover a hostile president

This is a time of testing for American journalism—will it rise to the occasion? Today’s media environment faces dangers as threatening as our physical environment faces from climate change. Journalism’s operating model has been under siege for more than a decade; now it confronts an existential risk as an authoritarian populist attacks democratic norms once […]

Podcast: Trump’s media attacks are getting boring

On The Kicker this week, I’m joined by CJR’s Nausicaa Renner and Pete Vernon to discuss a wild few days in White House-media relations. Then, we turn to MisinfoCon, a weekend gathering of journalists and technologists trying to solve the fake news problem. Freelance writer Lyz Lenz calls in to chat about Texas Monthly and its star writer, Pamela […]

Letters from our readers: Texas Monthly, Trump, fake news, and Facebook

Here is a selection of emails and Facebook comments we’ve received since January 31. Please send correspondence to, along with your name, address, and any relevant affiliation. “Avoiding questions about Trump’s mental health is a betrayal of public trust” Addressing the mental health of a person in the role of president is as legitimate […]

Q&A: Floyd Abrams on the battle for the soul of the First Amendment

Attorney Floyd Abrams, who represented The New York Times in the 1971 Pentagon Papers case and went on to become America’s leading First Amendment litigator, talked with CJR about President Trump’s unprecedented assault on the press, whether leaks from government officials are appropriate, and how the growing acceptance of speech restrictions is an ominous sign […]

Can donor-funded newsrooms be truly independent?

Around the world, media outlets are taking millions of dollars from private donors and foundations in order to pay for news. The Mail & Guardian in South Africa receives grants from the Gates Foundation to cover health, and Gates funds development news at The Guardian in the UK. In Latin America, Plaza Publica (in Guatemala) […]

Dysfunction, leaks, and burnout: Tips for news managers covering Trump

In this month’s edition, CJR Editor Kyle Pope and resident management guru Jill Geisler talk about lessons newsroom managers can learn from dysfunction in the Trump administration, how to ethically report on leaks, and ways to deal with newsroom burnout. Kyle: There have been an abundance of stories about dysfunction in the Trump administration. What management lessons […]

Cost of the Cadillac: The Obamacare story reporters are missing

In the deluge of recent media stories about who will lose if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act (ACA), one crucial provision has received short shrift from journalists: the so-called Cadillac tax, written into the law as a way to raise money for government subsidies for the uninsured. The Cadillac tax, which will affect nearly […]

The case against ‘onboarding’

Nearly four years ago, we noted how business jargon creeps into mainstream journalism, focusing on “metrics” and “optics.” More than six years ago, we discussed the creeping use of “granular” and other jargony terms that were often part of Buzzword Bingo. Sadly, many of those terms have been “mainstreamed,” adopted so much that many are […]

Revenge of the copy editors: Grammar pros find internet stardom

Backed by the cheery fiddle and guitar of Tom Moss’s “Gypsy Night Dance,” the bespectacled white-haired gentleman in a blue blazer, striped bow tie, and pocket square is holding forth on the language issue of the day. “I’m sometimes asked,” he tells the camera, speaking patiently but gesturing intensely, “‘Is “data” singular or plural?’ The […]

As Trump assails reporters as enemies, Colorado GOP makes nice

During a time of “press-as-enemy” rhetoric, Republican lawmakers in Colorado are redoubling efforts to ensure a friendlier relationship with journalists. While their counterparts in other states seem to be scaling back accessibility,...Show More Summary

We analyzed two weeks of Spicer press briefings. Here’s what we learned.

Since George E. Akerson became the first official White House Press Secretary in 1929, under Herbert Hoover, the nation’s media has had a direct line to Office of the President, most notably in the form of press briefings. Usually mundane events, freshman Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s briefings have become an unexpected spectacle of the Trump administration–already […]

How Pamela Colloff became the best damn writer in Texas

Unemployed college graduate Pamela Colloff and her friend Margaret Brown in 1994 set off from New York on a road trip in a rusty Volvo with no real destination in mind. They were broke and wanted to live lives filled with adventure and art. Eventually they meandered to Austin, Texas. The plan was to stay […]

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