Columbia Journalism Review Category

Britney Spears fills a hole in her narrative

#FreeBritney. That hashtag—once derided, in many quarters, as a conspiratorial fan obsession—lit up both social and traditional media again this…

Consolidating newspapers helped this local publisher reinvest in its editorial content

In late March, just as the pandemic was beginning to ravage the news industry with a slew of furloughs, pay…

COVID is still killing journalists around the world

Yesterday, I learned from Facebook that Wara Fana, a South African journalist, died recently after contracting COVID-19. He was forty-five,…

Andrew Yang, Eric Adams, and uncertainty on primary day in New York

Until quite recently, whenever the mayoral race in New York City pierced the wider news cycle, the coverage seemed to…

Three years of deteriorating press freedom in Nicaragua

In April of 2018, Daniel Ortega, the president of Nicaragua, announced reforms to the country’s social security benefits. Protests erupted,…

How harassment allegations shifted coverage of a mayoral campaign

The mayoral campaign of Scott Stringer, the New York City comptroller and longest-serving elected official in the city’s mayoral race,…

MSNBC public editor: The first draft of history (or of a pack of lies)

Those who have been following Chris Hayes’s coverage on MSNBC understood the above tweet to mean that by “these people,”…

The frightening plight and uncertain future of Hong Kong’s Apple Daily

Last year, as June turned to July, China imposed a draconian new “security law” on Hong Kong, sparking widespread doubt—and…

June 18, 2021
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Anti-Black racism and the press

Early this year, Alexandria Neason wrote for CJR about the past and present of white supremacy in journalism. “Americans have…

June 17, 2021
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Our creaky social media policies are no match for today’s trolls

Read enough social-media policies, and you’ll wonder if you’ve torn a page out of The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook. The…