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

    Staying “scrupulously neutral”: Steve Herman on covering the White House in the age of Trump

    Staying “scrupulously neutral”: Steve Herman on covering the White House in the age of Trump

    Steve Herman was the White House correspondent for Voice of America during the Trump administration. He joins The Kicker to talk about his new book on what it was like to cover a deeply unpredictable president—and why he believes it’s essential, even under extreme circumstances, for reporters to stay out of the political fray.This podcast is part of “Covering the Election,” CJR’s spring special issue on news and politics in 2024. Read the whole issue here.You can find Herman’s Behind the Whit...

    • 36 min
    How Israeli Journalists Cover Their Own Country

    How Israeli Journalists Cover Their Own Country

    Haaretz is one of Israel’s most respected newspapers. It’s also one of the few willing to openly criticize the government for its treatment of Palestinians. The Kicker speaks with Hagar Shezaf and Omer Benjakob, two journalists with the paper, about what it’s like to do accountability journalism in Israel these days—especially in the aftermath of the devastating Hamas attacks of October 7th. Read more:Hagar Shezaf on violence against Palestinians in the West Bank since October 7And on th...

    • 41 min
    Crisis at Columbia: A Conversation with Jelani Cobb

    Crisis at Columbia: A Conversation with Jelani Cobb

    Jelani Cobb is the Dean of the Columbia Journalism School. He is also a staff writer at the New Yorker magazine. For much of the past few weeks, he has been enmeshed in Columbia University’s efforts to grapple with a protest movement on campus over the war in Gaza – one that culminated in the takeover of a building, and finally, on Tuesday, April 30th, a police raid.The Kicker talks to Cobb about the role the Journalism School played throughout the crisis, including facilitating press access ...

    • 26 min
    'Inside Wagner': Video journalism unmasks Russia’s secretive mercenary group

    'Inside Wagner': Video journalism unmasks Russia’s secretive mercenary group

    This week, host Josh Hersh dives into the world of documentary news. Amel Guettatfi and Julia Steers just won the Polk Award for Inside Wagner, their hourlong Vice News documentary on the Wagner Group—Vladimir Putin’s private army of militiamen. They discuss their unprecedented access to a military training operation in the Central African Republic, the unique challenges of doing this kind of reporting on film, and why, sometimes, video is the only way to tell the story. Show NotesInside Wagn...

    • 41 min
    Josh Fine: How to Revive Investigative Sports Reporting in the Age of the Athlete

    Josh Fine: How to Revive Investigative Sports Reporting in the Age of the Athlete

    In recent years, numerous beloved sports news institutions have been shut down, or dramatically reduced their operations, while digital shows hosted by professional sportspeople, current and retired, have become ubiquitous, Meanwhile, traditional sports journalism—particularly of the type that asks uncomfortable questions of what is, ultimately, a huge and powerful business—has been in decline. Last year, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, an HBO show that mixed softer features with hard-no...

    • 38 min
    Alissa Quart: on reimagining reporting on a recession

    Alissa Quart: on reimagining reporting on a recession

    News of stubborn inflation, increasing unemployment, and the housing crisis dominate headlines of late. Alissa Quart is trying to improve that reportage, in content and form. Quart is the executive director of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, which challenges traditional narratives of economic class and issues through funding original reporting, done by independent journalists from diverse economic backgrounds. Quart explains to Kyle Pope, Columbia Journalism Review’s editor and ...

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62 Ratings

62 Ratings

JoProcter ,

Deep on the Steele Beat

So, the Steele dossier was done for Hillary Clinton. Then, why did our government get involved way-back-when? Did we spend the same time and money worrying about research Donald Trump bought? Why are we still talking about this? Wemple lays out a totally confusing report; Wheeler says, the Republicans were right. Really?

JCASEA ,

Still? Really? Zero stars deserved.

2nd UPDATE: Hello?? Hello? I give up. Deleting this show. You should listen to listeners. Sometimes the crowd has worthy advice. But anyway, I don’t care. I’m out of here.

1st UPDATE: I wrote my original review (see below: MY OLD POST STILL STANDS) a long time ago — and noticed someone wrote basically the same a year ago.

Get a mike. Stop mumbling. Ditch “like” from your vocabulary. Speak like an adult, with clarity and confidence if you’re going to continue doing this podcast.Otherwise, find someone else with the skills.

The podcast is a good idea, with interesting topics. But I’m nearly done…

MY OLD POST STILL STANDS:
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Jodeshab ,

Get a mic

Decent content, but the audio quality of the host is so poor, really unprofessional. It sounds like he's recording into a laptop microphone from like three feet away, almost unintelligible.

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