Columbia Journalism Review

Subscribe to Columbia Journalism Review feed Columbia Journalism Review
Updated: 8 hours 52 min ago

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

April 20, 2017 - 10:37am
(left) — Pat Kiernan (@patkiernan) April 18, 2017       View post on Bad headline: — Andrew Ozaki KETV (@ketvlincoln) April 6, 2017 Have a headline you want to share? Snap a photo and email it to or tweet it to us @CJR. Want to see more regrettable headlines? Check out the Lower […]

Podcast: Facebook’s worst-case scenario

April 20, 2017 - 6:04am
On The Kicker, we run through the week’s biggest stories, including Bill O’Reilly, White House transparency, and the special election in Georgia’s sixth district. Then, staff writer David Uberti talks with CJR correspondent Corey Hutchins about the recent layoffs at Berkshire Hathaway-owned papers and what they mean for local news. Finally, Dave is joined by Emily […]

Letters: Was United passenger’s past relevant to his removal? Readers weigh in.

April 19, 2017 - 4:03pm
Last week, staff writer David Uberti covered the United Airline debacle by critiquing the Louisville Courier-Journal’s decision to publish details on passenger David Dao’s criminal history. The following week Uberti revisited the topic in our member’s newsletter. Many CJR readers have weighed in with letters. Here’s a selection: I disagree with your notion that the […]

A delicate dance for movie critics and filmmakers on Twitter

April 19, 2017 - 10:30am
In a world where Twitter is a film critic’s office, playground, news source. A mysterious force spreads from coast to coast—into cubicles and coffee shops. A director follows them. An actor lobs an insult. A screenwriter lists his favorite Spike Lee films. A choice must be made. For film critics, the boundaries of cordiality and professionalism are being […]

Town hall crowds want clarity on GOP health plans. Can reporters provide it?

April 19, 2017 - 5:55am
FOR THIS MONTH’S CONGRESSIONAL RECESS, Rep. Greg Walden returned to his far-flung district and hosted six town hall meetings, attended by thousands of his constituents—many of them seeking clarity on the future of GOP-led efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Walden, the lone Republican who represents Oregon in Congress, currently heads the […]

City magazines, dependent on print, face uncertain future amid wave of deals

April 18, 2017 - 9:45am
On my first day of work, at my first job in city magazines, Champagne was served in the lobby. I was in the Indianapolis headquarters of Emmis Communications, home of my new employer, Indianapolis Monthly magazine. Emmis, which was predominantly a radio company, had just been named to a Best Places to Work list. But […]

The Boston Globe is trying to reinvent the metro newspaper

April 18, 2017 - 8:58am
Talk is cheap in an industry where plans to build “next generation media companies” through the “ambitious restructuring” of newspapers lend a Pollyannish glow to draconian measures. At The Boston Globe, however, Editor Brian McGrory is refreshingly frank. “Let’s accept upfront that this will be a disruptive stretch, pretty much starting right now, despite all […]

Filmmakers hope to ride wave of newspaper nostalgia to fund documentary

April 18, 2017 - 5:55am
David Layton and Mike Nicholson have been working for four years on their documentary about the great newspaper editor Gene Roberts. But as they approach the finishing kick for their labor of love, it seems that the long wait has a silver lining. The emergence of Donald Trump, known for his hostility to the press […]

Misleading political ad in Georgia makes ‘boogeyman’ of a surprising media target

April 17, 2017 - 3:03pm
MILLIONS HAVE FLOWED INTO GEORGIA’S 6th Congressional District in the weeks approaching Tuesday’s special election to fill Tom Price’s seat, as the race becomes a clue to how post-Trump midterm elections might go next year. The biggest draw for that money has been Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old Democrat who is attempting to turn the district blue […]

A whole lot of reformation

April 17, 2017 - 10:28am
Politicians love to talk about “reform.” “I think that Governor Bush has articulated a vision that trusts people on all of the key issues, on Social Security reform, on tax reform, on education reform,” Catherine Hanaway of the George W. Bush campaign in Missouri said on CNN in 2000. “The ethics reform bill we passed […]

Q&A: The amateur spies and analog story behind the Snowden leak

April 17, 2017 - 9:57am
The US government was rocked in 2013 by a series of stories detailing the extent of the surveillance state. Edward Snowden, an NSA contractor who was the source behind those stories, has become famous for his role in leaking information that would eventually be published in The Guardian, The Washington Post, Der Spiegel, and The […]

‘No one else is going to speak for us’: LGBTQ media rise in age of Trump

April 17, 2017 - 5:55am
Everything was quiet in New York City the day after the 2016 election. The city was stunned into silence. Matthew Breen remembers people crying randomly on the street, comforted by friends and strangers. “We were totally blindsided,” Breen says. “People were trying to look kindly on one another. It was such a raw and fragile […]