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Columbia Journalism Review's mission is to encourage excellence in journalism in the service of a free society.

    Ian Urbina on Libya, the Outlaw Ocean Project, and the rules of engagement

    Ian Urbina on Libya, the Outlaw Ocean Project, and the rules of engagement

    As Ian Urbina’s investigative work uncovered human rights abuses and climate destruction across the world’s oceans, he realized he needed to diversify his audience—beyond even the reach of legacy outlets like the New York Times.

    On this week’s Kicker, Urbina and Kyle Pope, editor and publisher of CJR, discuss this week’s story on Libya’s migrant prisons, and the journalism model Urbina built to change the rules of global engagement.

    • 30 min
    Deep on the Steele beat: Erik Wemple & Marcy Wheeler

    Deep on the Steele beat: Erik Wemple & Marcy Wheeler

    On this week’s Kicker, Marcy Wheeler, an independent journalist, and Erik Wemple, a media critic at the Washington Post, speak with Kyle Pope, editor and publisher of CJR, about media accountability and where press discussion of the Steele dossier fell short.

    • 29 min
    COP26: Who do we edit out of the climate crisis?

    COP26: Who do we edit out of the climate crisis?

    Most reporters in the developing world can’t afford to attend high stakes climate conferences like the COP26 held in Glasgow this month. Neither can most climate activists. What is lost?

    Jon Allsop, author of CJR’s newsletter “The Media Today,” spent the past week at COP26. On this week’s Kicker, he sits down with two conference attendees, Disha Shetty, a public health journalist from India, and Mark Hertsgaard, co-founder and executive director of Covering Climate Now and the environment correspondent for The Nation, to discuss how global north editors dismiss important reporting from the developing world.

    • 28 min
    What does the Facebook data dump mean?

    What does the Facebook data dump mean?

    As journalists struggle to cover the latest revelations in the Facebook story, they also endeavor to write stories that land with the general public. How much context is sacrificed for the sensation of something new?

    On this week’s Kicker, Renee DiResta, who is the technical research manager at the Stanford Internet Observatory and an ideas contributor at Wired and The Atlantic, and Mathew Ingram, our chief digital writer, speak with Kyle Pope, editor and publisher of CJR, on how to connect the dots when the story gets this big.

    • 36 min
    On the trail of ‘pink slime’

    On the trail of ‘pink slime’

    The network of websites that pose as local news outlets but aren’t has grown exponentially in the run up to next year’s midterm elections. Who funds the sites, and how can we track them? And why are they called “pink slime”?

    On this week’s Kicker, Priyanjana Bengani, a senior research fellow at Columbia Journalism School's Tow Center for Digital Journalism, sits down with Kyle Pope, editor and publisher of CJR, to discuss her study of these op-up sites, how to find and follow them, and what the phenomenon means in the face of ever-dwindling local news.

    • 18 min
    Balls and Strikes: How to cover the Supreme Court’s “super-majority”

    Balls and Strikes: How to cover the Supreme Court’s “super-majority”

    This week, the most conservative Supreme Court since the Great Depression convened. The 6-3 “super-majority” is poised to roll back decades of law.

    On our latest episode of the Kicker, Jay Willis, the editor in chief of Balls and Strikes, a site that launched last month promising “progressive, b******t-free commentary” about the legal system, joins Kyle Pope, editor and publisher of CJR. They discuss vital rulings that missed the news cycle, and why conservative justices have been so critical of the media.

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This is a consistently good podcast with consistently bad sound quality. I'm not sure if the problem is that the host needs a new microphone or something needs to change in the post-production process. The host is almost always too quiet, which makes it difficult when guests talk at normal volumes. As a listener, you have to choose between being able to hear the host and wincing every time the guest speaks because it's now way too loud, or being able to hear the guest fine but just mumbling from the host. It's a shame, because the content is great! With better sound quality, it would be even better.

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