Columbia Journalism Review
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Covering protests has become the riskiest job in journalism
This week on The Kicker, Pete talks with CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope about our new print issue and Pope’s time as Jared Kushner’s first editor at The New York Observer. Then Meg and Karen K. Ho join the podcast to talk about how Ronan Farrow’s exposé on Harvey Weinstein ended up at The […]
How covering Trump has changed the careers of some of journalism's hottest names
I used to joke that I could wallpaper my house with threat letters during a career in which I’ve worked for publications including The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Time, and Esquire. In every case, I’ve relied on the advice of smart lawyers to make the pieces work, and in every case, the story in question […]
CNN’s Bill Weir called it “the worst humanitarian disaster I’ve covered since Katrina.” CBS’s David Begnaud took viewers inside a hospital where patients waited by candlelight. Vox estimated that the death toll in Puerto Rico is far higher than what’s been officially reported. Three weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall on the US territory, plunging […]
A basic understanding of where news comes from is back on the syllabus as students navigate an increasingly bewildering media environment
Donald Trump turned his Twitter ire on NBC and the NFL this past week. But beyond just criticizing them, Trump is threatening to punish the network and the league with the government’s regulatory might. Trump tweeted on Wednesday that NBC’s broadcasting license “must be challenged” and potentially “revoked,” based on a series of NBC news […]
A play-by-play of what some call "the last great newspaper war"
As the coverage of Harvey Weinstein’s downfall enters its second week, difficult questions are being asked about how he got away with abhorrent behavior for so many years. Soon after The New Yorker published Ronan Farrow’s explosive exposé featuring testimony from several women and audio of Weinstein captured during a 2015 NYPD sting, CNN’s Jake […]
Even if the media’s financial and technological problems were fixed, does the news still matter?
Alex Mather has what he calls, with a touch of understatement, “pretty big goals” for his subscription-based sports news startup, The Athletic. “The best case is that we can really catch on,” he says, “and we can replace the sports page in every single city on the continent.” Mather and his cofounder, Adam Hansmann, took […]
Reporters struggled with how to write about one of the most unconventional presidential campaigns in US history. A new analysis shows why.
I’VE WORKED AS A JOURNALIST since I was a teenager. I started with my local paper’s high school apprenticeship program, moved on to my college newspaper for four years, and ultimately working at various publications, most recently as the editor of BLAC Detroit Magazine. But I’ve had to explain my work as a journalist more times […]
With every week that goes by, the extent of Russian involvement in American political life seems to deepen. This past week, Jonathan Albright, research director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, shed light in The Washington Post on the reach of Russian posts on Facebook, and the range of other sites touched by the foreign […]
A graphic account of the so-called "dossier" that had the media world buzzing
Jack Blanchard doesn’t get much sleep. As the editor of Politico’s new Playbook newsletter in London, it’s his job to distill the daily developments, media talking points, and gossip in UK politics before he sits down for breakfast. It’s a doubly tiring exercise at the moment: Blanchard is still working out how to calibrate a […]
Before an otherwise unremarkable preseason game in August 2016, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat quietly on the sideline bench while his teammates stood for the National Anthem. The protest movement launched by that decision has since engulfed the national conversation surrounding the NFL, spread to other sports, and drawn attacks from the president. […]
About 3,000 journalists gathered in Washington, DC this weekend to contemplate the future of journalism. A $989 ticket for non-members of the Online News Association, or $659 for members, bought you access to a Google News espresso bar and three days of panel discussions on technology and journalism. The annual conference was blissfully free of […]
Conspiracy theories thrive online, but their consequences are real. Just ask these people.
A month after finding herself embroiled in a controversy that reached the White House, ESPN SportsCenter anchor Jemele Hill has been suspended two weeks for what the company calls a second violation of its social media policies. The offending statements concerned a possible boycott of Dallas Cowboys advertisers in response to owner Jerry Jones’s threat […]