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The Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) is an American magazine for professional journalists that has been published by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism since 1961. Its contents include news and media industry trends, analysis, professional ethics, and stories behind news.Source
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Times public editor: The readers versus the masthead

Times public editor: The readers versus the masthead

Dean Baquet, The Executive Editor of The New York Times, was at home on Monday night—as was the rest of the paper’s senior leadership (referred to internally as “the masthead”)—when the next day’s front page was being composed. Soon, it would turn into a public disaster. At 9:13pm, Nate Silver, editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight, the statistical news site once published by the Times, sparked a social media furor with a tweet of the front page. A banner headline appeared over a pair of stories on President Trump’s White House speech addressing the weekend’s two mass shootings; Silver...

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Aug 16, 2019
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Media amnesia and the Facebook News Tab

Media amnesia and the Facebook News Tab

It would be nice to know the exact story that brought Robert Thomson, chief executive of News Corp, onto the stage of New York’s Paley Center with his new partner in journalism, Mark Zuckerberg. On Friday, the two men—one young, in a sweater and sneakers; the other older, in a tailored suit and shiny shoes—sat before a packed crowd of slightly over-excited Facebook employees and slightly underwhelmed journalists. It was Camp David for peace between the most truculent old media empire and one of its most noxious disruptors. Cue spotty applause. Serious questions hung, unasked, in the air:...

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Oct 26, 2019
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Freelancers resist precarity by sharing rates and organizing

Freelancers resist precarity by sharing rates and organizing

February 25, 2020If you ever have questions about my experience or rate with an outlet (especially if you are a woman or POC), please DM or email me! I think talking about money is important to our liberation as working people, and I want to lead by example.— Taylor Moore (@taylormundo)Has America ever needed a media watchdog more than now? Help us by .Elizabeth King is a freelance journalist in Chicago.    

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Does reporting on panic buying fuel panic buying?

Does reporting on panic buying fuel panic buying?

As the coronavirus spreads with unsettling speed across the world, so has press coverage of hoarding. Food. Medical supplies. Toilet paper. Panicked citizens with frustratingly little control over a pandemic are instead seizing upon one thing they can do, which is stock up for what feels like an apocalypse. News outlets can’t get enough of these stories. Local, international, tabloids, institutions, across every medium, reporters are telling consumers over and over that their neighbors are buying too much for stores to keep essentials in stock. The saturation level raises an uncomfortable...

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Apr 9, 2020
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The Ethics of Predictive Journalism

The Ethics of Predictive Journalism

The voice of journalismApril 15, 2020, the first general-purpose digital computer, was put into production in 1951. By 1952 journalists at CBS were already using it to predict the outcome of the presidential election based on early vote returns. They even featured it live on air:Almost seventy years later, journalists are still at it.In the past decade the early successes of Nate Silver and his site FiveThirtyEight have helped solidify data-driven election prediction as an important—even expected—product from major newsrooms. We’ve also seen predictive data journalism applied to a growing...

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China, conspiracy theories, and the murky coronavirus origin story

China, conspiracy theories, and the murky coronavirus origin story

Yesterday, Josh Rogin, of the Washington Post, published a column that appeared in the paper’s Global Opinions section, but contained bombshell new reporting. Per Rogin, in early 2018, officials from the US Embassy in Beijing repeatedly visited a laboratory in Wuhan where researchers were studying coronaviruses in bats, and their possible transmissibility to humans. Embassy staff were so concerned about safety issues they said they’d observed on their visits that they sent two warnings back to the State Department, urging the US government to give the lab support. In the first of the...

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The good-news trend: Uplifting? Delusional? Both?

The good-news trend: Uplifting? Delusional? Both?

The voice of journalismApril 21, 2020ICYMI:  Other notable storiesICYMI: Has America ever needed a media watchdog more than now? Help us by .Mathew Ingram is CJR’s chief digital writer. Previously, he was a senior writer with Fortune magazine. He has written about the intersection between media and technology since the earliest days of the commercial internet. His writing has been published in the Washington Post and the Financial Times as well as by Reuters and Bloomberg.A viral pandemic isn’t the same thing as a war. But as I’ve tried to work and lead a semblance of normal life in New...

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How journalists around the world are covering the coronavirus

How journalists around the world are covering the coronavirus

The voice of journalismMarch 17, 2020The coronavirus is shaping up to be a multifaceted crisis for US journalism. ——have muddied the picture we’ve tried to present to readers and viewers. Public-health restrictions, including newsroom closures, , and—along with the worsening economic picture—. The US media is not alone in facing such problems; as with the virus itself, these challenges are global, but subject to important local variation. This morning, I looked into the media response in four other countries: the UK, Italy, France, and South Korea.Last week, reports circulated that the UK...

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Op-ed: What ‘Death of the Newspaper’ stories leave out

Op-ed: What ‘Death of the Newspaper’ stories leave out

The voice of journalismMarch 11, 2020ARCHIVES:Has America ever needed a media watchdog more than now? Help us by .Ryan Binkley and Francis Wick are the authors. Binkley is the CEO of Anchorage Daily News. He and his siblings brought the paper out of bankruptcy in 2017 and today publish one daily and four weekly papers around Alaska. Wick is the third generation CEO of Wick Communications, a 95-year-old family business based in Sierra Vista Arizona, which publishes 10 daily and 14 weekly papers across 11 states.Yesterday morning I woke up, realized I was low on espresso, and went to the...

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