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The Washington Post starts a daily news podcast in a saturated market

16:44 | Dec 13th, 2018

The Washington Post starts a daily news podcast in a saturated market by Columbia Journalism Review
Bob Garfield’s plan to save America

22:40 | Jul 18th

On this week’s episode, CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope speaks with Bob Garfield, the co-host of WNYC’s “On the Media” and co-founder of the Purple Project for Democracy, on his plan to rebuild American faith in its press and in democracy. They di...Show More
After Reuters—Myanmar’s other reporters

16:32 | Aug 22nd

Swe Win, the editor of Myanmar Now, a bilingual investigative-news website, was sued for defamation in Mandalay two years ago. His crime? Posting on Facebook about his site’s coverage of an extremist monk’s support of an assasination. This week, Kyle...Show More
Jeffrey Epstein on background

29:13 | Aug 15th

“Slippery,” but “charming.” “Magnetic,” but “useless.” And “utterly unapologetic.” Convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein invited New York Times columnist James Stewart to his Manhattan home last August. Following Epstein’s apparent suicide last week...Show More
America does not know what a mass shooting looks like

22:51 | Aug 9th

John Temple was the editor of the Rocky Mountain News when the Columbine massacre changed America’s perception of safety forever. CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope speaks with Temple about the media’s sanitation of mass shootings, Temple’s disbelief...Show More
Blackouts, politics, and the call for a new beat

13:49 | Jul 26th

On this week’s episode, CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope speaks with Marie J. French and Danielle Muoio, the authors of POLITICO’S “New York Energy” newsletter. They report from the intersection of politics, policy, and the climate crisis, and disc...Show More
Fear at the border

17:40 | Jul 11th

On this week’s episode, CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope speaks with Lauren Villagran and Aaron Montes, both reporters at the El Paso Times, about their paper’s recent collaboration with The New York Times. They discuss their discovery of the Borde...Show More
MSNBC Public Editor: It will take more than one salvo for Kamala Harris to take down Joe Biden

19:53 | Jul 1st

On this week’s episode, CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope speaks with Maria Bustillo, CJR’s public editor for MSNBC, on the first round of Democratic debates. They discuss Kamala Harris’s small-screen evolution into a challenger for Joe Biden, why o...Show More
Four months in, BuzzFeed’s union waits for recognition

18:29 | Jun 20th

On this week’s episode, CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope speaks with Azeen Ghorayshi and Rachel Sanders, members of the Buzzfeed News union organizing committee. BuzzFeed’s newsroom voted to unionize in February, a month after a devastating round o...Show More
Public Editor Emily Tamkin on CNN’s underqualified pundits

18:28 | Jun 13th

On this week’s episode, CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope speaks with Emily Tamkin, our CNN public editor, about CJR’s new public editor initiative. Tamkin asks why CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time continues to invite supposed experts who aren’t in the admini...Show More
When Newsweek flew the Watergate transcripts to New York by “pigeon”

23:40 | Jun 6th

On this week’s episode, CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope and Delacorte fellow Amanda Darrach speak with with Ed Kosner, the former editor of Newsweek, New York magazine, Esquire, and the New York Daily News. Kosner tells how he moved Watergate tran...Show More
Podcast: As 2020 approaches, ‘orphan counties’ struggle for local, relevant news

11:17 | May 30th

On this week’s episode, CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope speaks with Corey Hutchins, CJR’s correspondent based in Colorado, where he is also a journalist for The Colorado Independent. They discuss the ‘orphan county’ phenomenon, where, because of t...Show More
Journalist Nick Pinto on the impossibility of covering the NYPD

17:48 | May 23rd

On this week’s episode, CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope speaks with Nick Pinto, a journalist who covers the New York City Police Department, about the notorious opacity of that institution. Pinto describes the impossibility of covering the trial o...Show More
Journalist Anat Kamm on life after being sentenced for leaking

21:54 | May 16th

On this week’s episode, CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope speaks with Israeli journalist Anat Kamm. She supplied the newspaper Haaretz with secret documents, and has accused it of giving her up to the authorities under questioning. Israeli courts se...Show More
International press access in Venezuela

18:46 | May 9th

On this week’s episode, CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope speaks with Nick Paton Walsh, senior international correspondent for CNN. Paton Walsh has reported extensively from Venezuela in recent months amid the country’s ongoing political crisis. Las...Show More
Covering the Green New Deal

21:31 | May 2nd

THIS WEEK, CJR and The Nation gathered some of the world’s top journalists, scientists, and climate experts for a conference to explore how the press can do a better job covering climate change. The second panel of the day, :A TV Case Study Covering...Show More
Pulitzer winner Darrin Bell—‘In a tyrannical kingdom, only the jester can tell the truth’

19:48 | Apr 25th

On this week’s episode, CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope speaks with freelance cartoonist Darrin Bell, who won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning for his “beautiful and daring editorial cartoons that took on issues affecting disenfran...Show More
Podcast: In conversation with 2019 Pulitzer Prize winner Susanne Craig

19:45 | Apr 18th

ON THIS WEEK’S EPISODE, CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope speaks with Susanne Craig, an investigative reporter for The New York Times, about her work in the Pulitzer Prize–winning investigation that questioned Trump’s claim that he is a self-made bi...Show More
An editor murdered in Kashmir signals the erosion of press freedom

21:13 | Apr 11th

On this week’s episode, CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope speaks with Aliya Iftikhar, Asia research associate for the Committee to Protect Journalists. As elections in India begin, Iftikhar discusses her investigation of Rising Kashmir Editor Shujaa...Show More
Podcast: In conversation with Susan Smith Richardson from the Center for Public Integrity

19:23 | Apr 4th

ON THIS WEEK’S EPISODE, CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope speaks with Susan Smith Richardson who has been appointed as the new chief executive of Center for Public Integrity. She will be the first African American to head the nonprofit investigative...Show More
Mueller, Barr, and what journalism can do when the judicial system fails us

18:09 | Mar 28th

ON THIS WEEK’S EPISODE, Managing Editor Betsy Morais and Digital Editor Nausicaa Renner discuss the backlash against journalism in the wake of the Mueller report’s delivery to Attorney General William Barr, and why justice in journalism fills the voi...Show More
Podcast: Clerk who took over for racist Ala. editor speaks

16:07 | Mar 21st

Podcast: Clerk who took over for racist Ala. editor speaks by Columbia Journalism Review
Podcast: Adam Moss and David Haskell on the transfer of power at New York

24:36 | Mar 14th

ON THIS WEEK’S EPISODE, outgoing Editor in Chief of New York Adam Moss and his successor David Haskell interview one another. They talk pitches, the art of the edit, and how they find the balance between magazine and newsroom. They were speaking at t...Show More
Podcast: What counts as journalism?

15:15 | Mar 7th

ON THIS WEEK’S EPISODE, CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope and Seamus Hughes of George Washington University's Program on Extremism talk about who gets to be a reporter and what counts as journalism, especially when done by institutions that aren’t t...Show More
Heather Heyer’s mother: ‘I knew the press was coming’

19:47 | Feb 28th

ON THIS WEEK’S EPISODE, CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope speaks with Susan Bro, whose daughter Heather Heyer died in the 2017 Charlottesville attack, and Contributing Editor Camille Bromley, who profiled Bro’s dealings with the press for our latest...Show More
Podcast: Who is going to pay for journalism?

22:11 | Feb 21st

ON THIS WEEK’S EPISODE, CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope and Mathew Ingram, CJR’s chief digital writer discuss The Cairncross Review, a report published in the UK, and the role of tech companies like Google and Facebook on news. They are joined by ...Show More
Getting to the truth in the Trump interview

20:52 | Feb 14th

This week our Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope speaks with CJR’s Lyz Lenz about the work we put in in to legitimizing this presidency and whether we are right to make Trump’s narrative coherent.
Podcast: Should governments pay ransom for journalists?

19:21 | Feb 7th

ON THIS WEEK’S EPISODE, CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope speaks with Joel Simon, executive director of Committee to Protect Journalists about his latest book We Want to Negotiate: The Secret World of Kidnapping, Hostages and Ransom. They were joine...Show More
Layoffs and the argument for civic media

20:42 | Jan 31st

ON THIS WEEK’S EPISODE, CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope speaks with Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, to assess recent digital layoffs and consider a new civic model for journalism.
Podcast: In conversation with Jill Abramson on her new book, Merchants of Truth

22:29 | Jan 24th

Podcast: In conversation with Jill Abramson on her new book, Merchants of Truth by Columbia Journalism Review
Podcast: Slate charts its survival through the digital winter

17:13 | Jan 17th

ON THIS WEEK’S EPISODE, CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope speaks with David Uberti, on Slate’s survival strategy—in part as an audio production company.
Podcast: How did the media handle Trump’s Oval office address?

21:55 | Jan 10th

ON THIS WEEK’S EPISODE, CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope speaks with staff writer Jon Allsop about how the media handled Trump’s address from the Oval Office. They also discuss the mistakes journalists can avoid as they prepare to cover the 2020 pr...Show More
Podcast: A look back at 2018

29:09 | Dec 20th, 2018

Podcast: A look back at 2018 by Columbia Journalism Review
Mathew Ingram on the downfall of digital media

20:35 | Dec 7th, 2018

ON THIS WEEK'S EPISODE, CJR EDITOR AND PUBLISHER KYLE POPE talks to Mathew Ingram, CJR’s chief digital writer about Mic’s shutdown and layoffs, and the future of digital media websites.
Gisele Regatao on NPR’s accent bias

15:24 | Nov 29th, 2018

Gisele Regatao on NPR’s accent bias by Columbia Journalism Review
David Little on putting out a paper during the Paradise fire

17:10 | Nov 15th, 2018

ON THIS WEEK’S EPISODE, CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope speaks with David Little, editor of the Chico Enterprise-Record about running his newsroom during the Camp Fire disaster.
Jelani Cobb and Lydia Polgreen on race, politics, and the media

20:47 | Nov 8th, 2018

ON THIS WEEK’S EPISODE, Jelani Cobb of The New Yorker and guest editor of CJR’s issue on race, speaks with Lydia Polgreen, editor in chief of HuffPost, on racism in the press and why we aren’t doing a better job of diversifying newsrooms.
How bad will this get?

20:57 | Nov 1st, 2018

ON THIS WEEK’S EPISODE, CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope speaks with Todd Gitlin and Michael Schudson, journalism professors at the Columbia Journalism School, about Trump’s attacks on the press and what it means for democracy in the US.
Saudi journalists grapple with Khashoggi's death

12:49 | Oct 26th, 2018

ON THIS WEEK’S EPISODE, CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope speaks with Zainab Sultan, a Delacorte Fellow at CJR, about what Jamal Khashoggi’s murder means for Saudi journalists living outside the kingdom.
Brazil’s upcoming elections and the echoes of Trump in 2016

14:56 | Oct 19th, 2018

ON THIS WEEK’S EPISODE, CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope speaks with Sarah Maslin, the Brazil correspondent for The Economist, about the country’s upcoming October 28 run-off election. Lead candidate Jair Bolsonaro of the conservative Social Libera...Show More
#MeToo reporting, one year after Weinstein

28:10 | Oct 11th, 2018

On this week’s episode, Pete speaks with CJR’s Nausicaa Renner and Alexandria Neason about one year of #MeToo reporting, discussing its successes and its shortcomings. Then, CJR Delacorte Fellow Amanda Darrach joins the pod to talk about her reportin...Show More
Reporting on Trump’s business past with David Cay Johnston

30:14 | Oct 4th, 2018

On this week’s episode, Pete talks with Pulitzer-winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston, who has spent decades covering Donald Trump’s business dealings, about The New York Times’s investigation into how the president got rich. Then, CJR’s...Show More
On Kavanaugh coverage and whether we’ve reached peak podcast

25:50 | Sep 27th, 2018

On this week’s episode, Pete talks with CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope about the deluge of news regarding Brett Kavanaugh and Rod Rosenstein that dominated the beginning of the week. (Note: The podcast was recorded before Kavanaugh and Christine ...Show More
On fallen men and the mystery of Tucker Carlson

34:27 | Sep 20th, 2018

On this week’s episode, Pete talks with CJR Digital Editor Nausicaa Renner about the recent decision by both Harper’s and The New York Review of Books to publish first-person accounts written by men accused of sexual assault and harassment. (Note: Th...Show More
On Bob Woodward’s sources and journalism in Iraq

22:45 | Sep 13th, 2018

On this week’s episode, Pete talks with CJR Tow Editor Sam Thielman about the coverage of Bob Woodward’s blockbuster book, Fear: Trump in the White House. In taking the Trump presidency as his subject, Woodward had to assemble a reliable book from un...Show More
Woodward on Trump; press crackdowns in Myanmar

25:42 | Sep 6th, 2018

On this week’s episode, Pete talks with Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, about the conviction of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. The two Reuters reporters were sentenced to seven year in prison after helping expose atr...Show More
Covering John McCain’s death and the politics of ESPN

18:20 | Aug 30th, 2018

Managing Editor Betsy Morais and Senior Staff Writer Alexandria Neason join Pete to talk about the deluge of coverage following John McCain’s death. Why was the Arizona senator beloved by much of the press, and did that change in recent years? Then, ...Show More
Emily Bell on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s press ban & Jack Dorsey’s press tour

28:36 | Aug 23rd, 2018

On this week’s episode, Pete is joined by Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia, to discuss the reaction to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ban on reporters at two recent campaign events. Then, Emily weighs in on Twitte...Show More
Were all the free press editorials worth it?

24:34 | Aug 17th, 2018

On this week’s episode, Pete is joined by CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope to discuss the flood of editorials celebrating journalism in the face of attacks by the president. Were they a worthy defense or a misguided effort? Then, CJR senior staff w...Show More
Perils of the internet, from Alex Jones’s ban to Sarah Jeong’s tweets

22:32 | Aug 9th, 2018

On this week’s episode, Pete is joined by former CJR staff writer and The Kicker’s founding host David Uberti to discuss the removal of Infowars’s content from tech platforms. Why did it take so long, and where do Facebook, Apple, and Google go from ...Show More
Facebook sets its own narrative. Plus, press hatred flares at Trump rallies

19:08 | Aug 2nd, 2018

CJR Digital Editor Nausicaa Renner and CJR Chief Digital Writer Mathew Ingram join Pete to discuss Facebook’s fight to control the narrative. The social media giant shut down more than 30 pages and accounts that it said were part of a political influ...Show More
The local news death spiral. Plus, the Cohen–Trump tapes.

27:15 | Jul 26th, 2018

On this week’s episode, Pete talks with CJR Delacorte Fellow Amanda Darrach about scenes from the New York Daily News’s black Monday. Then, CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope joins to place the severe cuts at the News in the larger context of a crisi...Show More
A new era for the press after Helsinki?

31:25 | Jul 19th, 2018

On this week’s episode, Pete talks with CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope about the coverage of the Trump-Putin summit. Pope believes the president’s disastrous showing will be remembered as a turning point in the way the media covers the Russia sto...Show More
Breaking down coverage of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory

22:09 | Jun 28th, 2018

On this episode of The Kicker, Pete and Nausicaa talk about coverage of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s surprise primary victory and how certain media outlets missed the story. Then, we dive into the idea of “civility” in journalism, and the continued deb...Show More
How media pressure forced Trump’s hand on border policy

24:40 | Jun 22nd, 2018

The public outrage that forced President Trump to sign an executive order attempting to end the crisis that he created wouldn’t have happened without sustained media coverage. What caused that reporting to break through? And what do journalists need ...Show More
Platforms and publishers

17:23 | Jun 14th, 2018

On this week’s episode, we’re returning to one of our favorite topics—the relationship between platforms and publishers. Pete sat down with Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia, to better understand what Facebook ...Show More
Let’s talk about class and journalism

09:20 | Jun 7th, 2018

Journalism has a class problem. If you aren’t independently wealthy, the path into the industry isn’t easy, especially if your professional aspirations are national in scope. Yet conversations about class and journalism are largely absent from newsro...Show More
Taking the buyout

08:24 | Jun 1st, 2018

On this week’s episode, Peter Corbett gives a firsthand account of an experience that’s become commonplace among journalists over the past decade. The former Arizona Republic reporter spent 23 years at the regional powerhouse before taking a buyout i...Show More
Can the marriage between Facebook and journalism be saved?

44:13 | May 24th, 2018

On this week’s episode, CJR board member and founder of The Information Jessica Lessin interviews Facebook executive Adam Mosseri. Their conversation was recorded at a May 17 conference co-hosted by CJR and The Information in San Francisco. Lessin pr...Show More
A unified campaign against Alden Global Capital

19:29 | May 10th, 2018

A unified campaign against Alden Global Capital by Columbia Journalism Review
Rukmini Callimachi on covering ISIS

25:48 | May 3rd, 2018

Rukmini Callimachi’s husband unfriended her on Facebook. She doesn’t tell her New York Times colleagues where she lives. Those are just a few of the precautions she’s taken since she started reporting on terrorism and the Islamic State. On this week’...Show More
A Tale of Two Tariffs

23:25 | Apr 26th, 2018

A Tale of Two Tariffs by Columbia Journalism Review
The Zuckerberg Chronicles

24:32 | Apr 12th, 2018

The Zuckerberg Chronicles by Columbia Journalism Review
CNN’s Nima Elbagir on her investigation into Libya's slave trade

27:06 | Apr 5th, 2018

CNN’s Nima Elbagir on her investigation into Libya's slave trade by Columbia Journalism Review
Is journalism a form of activism?

19:30 | Mar 29th, 2018

Is journalism a form of activism? by Columbia Journalism Review
Paul Ford on the intersection of blockchain and journalism

36:40 | Mar 15th, 2018

Paul Ford on the intersection of blockchain and journalism by Columbia Journalism Review
Kim Masters on #MeToo coverage; Susan Orlean on finding stories

35:29 | Mar 8th, 2018

Kim Masters on #MeToo coverage; Susan Orlean on finding stories by Columbia Journalism Review
A new generation of native voices

32:45 | Mar 1st, 2018

A new generation of native voices by Columbia Journalism Review
The Facebook Armageddon

15:55 | Feb 22nd, 2018

The Facebook Armageddon by Columbia Journalism Review
Women in the workplace

22:31 | Feb 15th, 2018

Women in the workplace by Columbia Journalism Review
Threats to journalism

26:48 | Feb 8th, 2018

Threats to journalism by Columbia Journalism Review
The Twitter bot economy

32:50 | Feb 1st, 2018

The Twitter bot economy by Columbia Journalism Review
Slate’s ‘pivot to words’

33:08 | Jan 25th, 2018

Slate’s ‘pivot to words’ by Columbia Journalism Review
Untangling the Facebook mess

23:33 | Jan 18th, 2018

Untangling the Facebook mess by Columbia Journalism Review
Reddit, Michael Wolff, and “media men” list

42:55 | Jan 11th, 2018

Reddit, Michael Wolff, and “media men” list by Columbia Journalism Review
The year in journalism

32:56 | Dec 21st, 2017

The year in journalism by Columbia Journalism Review
The popularity of "Cat Person"

26:26 | Dec 14th, 2017

The popularity of "Cat Person" by Columbia Journalism Review
Jezebel’s new EIC on feminist reporting after Weinstein

27:08 | Dec 8th, 2017

This week on The Kicker, Meg talks with Jezebel Editor in Chief Koa Beck about her plans for the feminist website, as well as the site’s influence on recent media coverage of sexual harassment. Then CJR’s Christie Chisholm joins Meg and Pete to discu...Show More
A dive into the swamp with Politico Playbook’s Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman

31:37 | Nov 30th, 2017

A dive into the swamp with Politico Playbook’s Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman by Columbia Journalism Review
Anti-establishment media in the Trump era

40:49 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Anti-establishment media in the Trump era by Columbia Journalism Review
Turning the lens on whiteness when covering race

21:40 | Nov 16th, 2017

This week on The Kicker, Meg talks with John Biewen, audio program director at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies, about how his podcast Seeing White examines America's deep history of white supremacy. Then Pete is joined by CJR’s Christie Chishol...Show More
Jelani Cobb on one year of Trump

29:21 | Nov 9th, 2017

This week, Pete speaks with Jelani Cobb, staff writer at The New Yorker and professor at Columbia Journalism School, about the year following the election of President Donald Trump. Then Meg Dalton and Jon Allsop join Pete to discuss the media news o...Show More
The evolution of audio, Facebook’s political reckoning, and civil war at the WSJ

30:55 | Nov 3rd, 2017

The evolution of audio, Facebook’s political reckoning, and civil war at the WSJ by Columbia Journalism Review
Does Weinstein represent a sea change or just a moment?

30:27 | Oct 27th, 2017

Does Weinstein represent a sea change or just a moment? by Columbia Journalism Review
From climate change to Facebook

21:44 | Oct 20th, 2017

From climate change to Facebook by Columbia Journalism Review
Harvey Weinstein and the media's complicated relationship

18:22 | Oct 13th, 2017

Harvey Weinstein and the media's complicated relationship by Columbia Journalism Review
Covering the White House with Glenn Thrush & Ben Jacobs

30:28 | Oct 6th, 2017

This week on The Kicker, we present a special episode recorded live from Atlanta. CJR Managing Editor Vanessa Gezari talks with The New York Times’s Glenn Thrush and The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs about covering the Trump White House. They discuss the emo...Show More
Fake news in a small town

23:11 | Sep 29th, 2017

Fake news in a small town by Columbia Journalism Review
Covering race and racism after Charlottesville

28:23 | Sep 22nd, 2017

On a special episode of The Kicker, we present clips from a panel CJR convened this week in Charlottesville, Virginia. Titled “Race, Racism, and the News,” the event featured several journalists with personal ties to the Charlottesville area, and tou...Show More
Combat reporting from the field to the home front

32:24 | Sep 15th, 2017

On the latest episode of The Kicker, Pete talks to retired marine sergeant Thomas Brennan and veteran conflict photographer Finbarr O’Reilly, who have written a joint memoir, Shooting Ghosts, about their time in Afghanistan and their struggles to dea...Show More
Preparing for the worst when covering disasters

18:29 | Sep 8th, 2017

On the latest episode of The Kicker, Meg talks to John Pope, an award-winning journalist known for his Hurricane Katrina coverage, about how newsrooms can prepare for disaster, including what to do before, during, and after the storm hits. Then, new ...Show More
Podcast: Hurricane Harvey

31:29 | Sep 1st, 2017

On the latest episode of The Kicker, Meg talks to the Dart Center’s Bruce Shapiro about the media’s coverage of Hurricane Harvey. Then we discuss harmful narratives in disaster reporting, the question of when journalists should or shouldn’t intervene...Show More
The white supremacy beat

17:44 | Aug 25th, 2017

On the latest episode of The Kicker, Pete talks to CJR contributor Christiana Mbakwe about need for a white supremacy beat post-Charlottesville. Then we discuss the Village Voice shutting down its print publication, the shakeup at the Los Angeles Tim...Show More
The media responds to Charlottesville

23:55 | Aug 18th, 2017

On the latest episode of The Kicker, we dedicate the entire episode to the media’s response to Charlottesville. Meg talks to CJR Associate Editor Brendan Fitzgerald about how local news covered the events last weekend. Plus, his personal experience w...Show More
Podcast: Venezuela in crisis

18:14 | Aug 11th, 2017

On the latest episode of The Kicker, Meg interviews New York Times reporter Nick Casey about his experience following the economic-turned-political crisis in Venezuela. Casey covered the country for 10 months before the government barred him from ret...Show More
Podcast: Tabloids in the age of Trump

26:16 | Aug 4th, 2017

On the latest episode of The Kicker, Meg has an interview with journalist and novelist Julia Dahl. They discuss her experience working at the New York Post and how tabloids shaped the early years of Donald Trump. Then, we run through the week’s bigge...Show More
The media is bad at covering drugs

25:15 | Jul 28th, 2017

On the latest episode of The Kicker, Meg has an interview with Leah Finnegan, features editor for The Outline. They discuss what journalists get wrong when reporting on drug addiction and how they can do better. Then, we run through the week’s bigges...Show More
Time to rethink the media’s Trump coverage?

22:58 | Jul 21st, 2017

On the latest episode of The Kicker, we run through some of the week’s biggest stories: what media mergers mean for both journalists and consumers, how to parse all of those anonymously sourced stories, and why Donald Trump keeps sitting down with re...Show More
“It is, I promise, worse than you think”

23:37 | Jul 14th, 2017

On the latest episode of The Kicker, we run through some of the week’s biggest media stories, including how the White House’s response to Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer demonstrates a press shop in crisis, why net neutrality matters...Show More
Breaking down CNN's Reddit fiasco

32:00 | Jul 7th, 2017

On the latest episode of The Kicker, we run through some of the week’s biggest media stories, including Al Jazeera getting caught in an international diplomatic crisis, Fox Sports’s embrace of “pivot to video,” and the legwork that went into capturin...Show More
What are "women's publications" for?

32:27 | Jun 29th, 2017

We critique The Washington Post's new product targeting Millennial women, The Lily, and debate what, if anything, makes a good "women's publication." Then, Dave chats with CJR correspondent Trudy Lieberman about media coverage of the secretive Republ...Show More
The journalist and the arms dealer

17:51 | Jun 23rd, 2017

This week, we analyze the push for unionization at digital media properties and break down a new effort by NPR to reach younger audiences. Then, Dave talks to CJR Managing Editor Vanessa Gezari about how a Wall Street Journal correspondent cozied up ...Show More
Megyn Kelly gets trolled

36:07 | Jun 16th, 2017

We run through some of the week’s biggest media stories, including layoffs across the industry, New York Times stories in search of a public editor, and how a single erroneous tweet can spark a fake news cycle. Then, we move on to Megyn Kelly’s upcom...Show More
How the Comey/Russia story is playing outside the media bubble

30:12 | Jun 8th, 2017

On the latest episode of The Kicker, Dave and Pete run through some of the week’s biggest media stories, including tech giants’ domination of the digital ad market, Breitbart’s Trump-era slump, and the lack of attention toward Scott Pelley’s departur...Show More
The end of the public editor era at The New York Times

34:24 | Jun 1st, 2017

On the latest episode of The Kicker, we run through some of the week’s biggest media stories, including a look at the future of The Chicago Sun-Times, the troubling trend of press norms being violated in the Trump era, and Twitter ethics for journali...Show More
The media’s model for covering terrorist attacks is broken

31:46 | May 24th, 2017

Dave, Pete, and Christie run through some of the week’s biggest media stories, including a ratings leaderboard shakeup for cable news, a spurious conspiracy that consumed the right-wing media universe, and a new study that says--surprise--journalists...Show More
A week inside the pro-Trump parallel media universe

31:00 | May 19th, 2017

Pete and Dave run through the top media news of the week, from the scoop war in Washington, to the state of press freedom globally, to Roger Ailes's legacy. We then take you inside the counter-narratives offered by pro-Trump media this week. Finally,...Show More
BuzzFeed News and the 'Upside Down' media

35:13 | May 11th, 2017

We introduce our new print issue, which is dedicated to exploring the future of local news. Then, Dave interviews Ben Smith, editor in chief of BuzzFeed News. They talk truth and lies on the social web, BuzzFeed's plans for global expansion, and whet...Show More
Bret Stephens and the role of columnists

38:55 | May 4th, 2017

On the latest episode of The Kicker, we run through some of the week’s biggest media stories, including counterprogramming to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, conservative perspective on the layoffs at ESPN, and continued subscriber additions ...Show More
A third generation of 'conservative' media?

25:13 | Apr 25th, 2017

CJR staffers run through some of the week's biggest media stories, including Trump's 100-day milestone, what didn't make it into The New York Times' James Comey profile, and the coverage narratives emanating from France. Then, we discuss whether a ne...Show More
Facebook's worst-case scenario

28:33 | Apr 20th, 2017

On The Kicker, we run through the week's three biggest stories, including Bill O’Reilly, White House transparency, and the special election in Georgia’s sixth district. Then, staff writer David Uberti is joined by CJR correspondent Corey Hutchins to ...Show More
Addicted to war porn

36:53 | Apr 13th, 2017

On The Kicker this week, we discuss White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s job performance to date. Spicer’s gaffe in comparing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to Adolf Hitler was only the latest in a string of controversies emerging from behind ...Show More
Reckoning with Facebook’s dominance, and CNN's Tanzina Vega on race & inequality

42:59 | Apr 5th, 2017

On The Kicker this week, CJR’s Dave Uberti, Nausicaa Renner, and Pete Vernon discuss the role of platforms like Facebook and Google in the journalism landscape. Nausicaa guides us through a new Tow Center report, “The Platform Press: How Silicon Vall...Show More
Is the podcast boom good for journalism?

39:05 | Mar 30th, 2017

CJR's David Uberti, Pete Vernon, and Christie Chisholm discuss the podcast boom, from Serial to S-Town. What form does journalism take on the medium? And what, if anything, is lost? Then, Ernst-Jan Pfauth, publisher of the Dutch news organization D...Show More
Trump strains the news/opinion divide

37:38 | Mar 23rd, 2017

CJR’s David Uberti, Nausicaa Renner, Pete Vernon, and Carlett Spike discuss The Wall Street Journal's scathing editorial attacking President Trump's credibility. We also cover the divide between newsrooms and editorials, and question whether readers ...Show More
Breaking News (a collaboration with BBC World Service)

27:40 | Mar 17th, 2017

This week on a special edition of The Kicker, CJR and the BBC World Service have teamed up to produce an audio documentary. Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope narrates an exploration of two issues vital for journalism in America: How should the media res...Show More
A Breitbart editor walks into a journalism conference...

33:19 | Mar 8th, 2017

CJR’s David Uberti, Christie Chisholm, Pete Vernon, and Shelley Hepworth discuss some criticism we received for inviting Breitbart economics editor John Carney to our conference on covering Trump. Did he bring a valuable perspective? Or did we play a...Show More
Trump's media attacks are getting boring

32:35 | Feb 28th, 2017

CJR's David Uberti, Nausicaa Renner, and Pete Vernon discuss a wild week in White House-media relations. Then, we turn to MisinfoCon, a weekend gathering of journalists and technologists trying to solve the fake news problem. Freelance writer Lyz Len...Show More
Spice, Spice baby

27:59 | Feb 16th, 2017

Dave and Pete discuss why it matters that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer allows friendly outlets to ask questions at press briefings. CJR correspondent Corey Hutchins calls in to discuss fake news at the local level. And freelance journalist...Show More
The Jake Tapper-Kellyanne Conway showdown

30:52 | Feb 9th, 2017

Why are so many news organizations expanding into Australia? What is the state of health journalism as Obamacare hangs in the balance? Why were so many journalists talking about CNN anchor Jake Tapper's interview with Kellyanne Conway? We discuss t...Show More
Objectivity and Trump's refugee ban

36:09 | Feb 1st, 2017

How has Breitbart used memes to build a huge audience on Facebook? Should journalists' notion of objectivity change in the face of immoral or un-American acts? What aspects of press freedom may change under the Trump Administration? We discuss that ...Show More
Avoiding Trump's trap with "alternative facts"

35:47 | Jan 24th, 2017

Is the Trump Administration trying to bait aggressive reporters when it offers up "alternative facts"? What does a recent New York Times report tell us about the way its business model and editorial strategy are changing? How should journalists respo...Show More
The ethics of BuzzFeed's decision to publish Trump-Russia memos

36:16 | Jan 13th, 2017

Did BuzzFeed make the right call by publishing unverified memos detailing Russian efforts to compromise Donald Trump? How is The Undefeated, a new publication by ESPN, tackling this moment in race and politics? What did Trump's first press conference...Show More
Fox News and life after Megyn Kelly

32:48 | Jan 6th, 2017

What does Fox News' primetime lineup say about its direction under the Trump Administration? Why should we care about the fate of the publishing platform Medium? What's the deal with all these misreported stories about Russia? We discuss that and m...Show More
Looking back on a tumultuous year in journalism

35:20 | Dec 29th, 2016

What media trends from 2016 were the most alarming? The most encouraging? We discuss that and more this week on The Kicker, where CJR's David Uberti, Nausicaa Renner, and Pete Vernon break down the good, the bad, and the ugly from a tumultuous year i...Show More
Richard Deitsch on the state of sports media

28:02 | Dec 22nd, 2016

How does the atrophy of local media affect the way we understand sports? Are professional athletes getting more political, or are we just noticing it more? How is ESPN changing its business model? We discuss that and more this week on The Kicker, w...Show More
Thomas Jefferson on fake news

30:22 | Dec 16th, 2016

Should a bad tweet be a fireable offense for reporters? What can the history of fake news tell us about the challenge facing journalism today? Who are the biggest media names to switch jobs in the post-election shuffle? We discuss that and more thi...Show More
Michael Rosenwald on the enduring primacy of print

33:47 | Dec 8th, 2016

Should mainstream journalists be engaging more with the right-wing press? Was print media too quick to jump on the digital bandwagon? Why do foreign news outlets seem to be getting all the scoops about the Trump transition? We discuss all that and ...Show More
Emily Bell on Facebook and fake news

26:55 | Dec 1st, 2016

Does Facebook need to clean up its act? Can newsrooms overcome the culture clash between tech and editorial? And what about coverage of those Trump tweets? We discuss that and more on The Kicker, where David Uberti is joined this week by CJR Associ...Show More
What we're thankful for in journalism this Thanksgiving

33:28 | Nov 23rd, 2016

David Uberti is joined by CJR's Nausicaa Renner and Pete Vernon to discuss internet trolls, CJR's massive new oral history of campaign coverage, and what we're thankful for in journalism this Thanksgiving.
Fake news and Trump's trashing of political norms

27:48 | Nov 18th, 2016

CJR's Kyle Pope, David Uberti, and Nausicaa Renner discuss what publications' post-election subscription surge means for journalism, Donald Trump's unwillingness to establish a protective press pool, and Facebook's inability to police fake news.