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CJR on Cybersecurity
Runa Sandvik has made it her life’s work to protect journalists against cyberattacks. Authoritarian regimes are keeping her in business.
CJR on Facebook
Spies, Lies, and Stonewalling: What It’s Like to Report on Facebook
One day in July 2016, Casey Newton, a tech reporter for The Verge, sat down at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park for the biggest interview of his career. Across from him was Mark Zuckerberg. With…
CJR on LGBTQIA
Five tips for journalists on covering trans and nonbinary subjects
Get over the pronoun hump. Do it now. I’m annoyed that we’re still talking about pronouns. Not to sound salty, but I came out as genderqueer in the year 1999, when trans politics were still playing…
CJR on Mastodon
Journalists want to recreate Twitter on Mastodon. Mastodon is not into it.
Ever since Elon Musk completed his $45 billion takeover of Twitter last month, there has been a steady stream of users, including a number of journalists, signing up for Mastodon, an open-source…
CJR on Media
The press versus the president, part one
INTRODUCTION: ‘I realized early on I had two jobs’ The end of the long inquiry into whether Donald Trump was colluding with Russia came in July 2019, when Robert Mueller III, the special counsel, took…
Meet the Smiths
The partnership that led to Semafor
CJR on Moneyball
“Everything clicks for a different reason”: Why journalism analytics are so hard to interpret
In 2004, journalist Michael Lewis published Moneyball, a bestselling book about how baseball general manager Billy Beane was able to turn around the flailing and cash-poor Oakland Athletics with a…
CJR on Podcasting
Is the podcast bubble bursting?
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Did a newsletter company create a more equitable media system—or replicate the flaws of the old one?
The infinite scroll
For the sake of this exercise, please imagine it’s another gray midday in winter, months after the end of the World Series and still weeks from the beginning of spring training. The afternoon is…
Facebook is eating the world
Something really dramatic is happening to our media landscape, the public sphere, and our journalism industry, almost without us noticing and certainly without the level of public examination and debate it deserves. Our news ecosystem has changed more...
Five journalists on covering the internet in search of meaning, not viral trends
The twisted reality of an Italian freelancer in Syria
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