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Four months in, BuzzFeed’s union waits for recognition
Jun 20 • 18 min
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 of…
Public Editor Emily Tamkin on CNN’s underqualified pundits
Jun 13 • 18 min
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…
When Newsweek flew the Watergate transcripts to New York by “pigeon”
Jun 6 • 23 min
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…
Podcast: As 2020 approaches, ‘orphan counties’ struggle for local, relevant news
May 30 • 11 min
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 the…
Journalist Nick Pinto on the impossibility of covering the NYPD
May 23 • 17 min
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 of…
Journalist Anat Kamm on life after being sentenced for leaking
May 16 • 21 min
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…
International press access in Venezuela
May 9 • 18 min
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. Last…
Covering the Green New Deal
May 2 • 21 min
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 the…
Pulitzer winner Darrin Bell—‘In a tyrannical kingdom, only the jester can tell the truth’
Apr 25 • 19 min
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…
Podcast: In conversation with 2019 Pulitzer Prize winner Susanne Craig
Apr 18 • 19 min
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…
An editor murdered in Kashmir signals the erosion of press freedom
Apr 11 • 21 min
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 Shujaat…
Podcast: In conversation with Susan Smith Richardson from the Center for Public Integrity
Apr 4 • 19 min
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…
Mueller, Barr, and what journalism can do when the judicial system fails us
Mar 28 • 18 min
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 void…
Podcast: Clerk who took over for racist Ala. editor speaks
Mar 21 • 16 min
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
Mar 14 • 24 min
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 the…
Podcast: What counts as journalism?
Mar 7 • 15 min
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…
Heather Heyer’s mother: ‘I knew the press was coming’
Feb 28 • 19 min
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…
Podcast: Who is going to pay for journalism?
Feb 21 • 22 min
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 Josh…
Getting to the truth in the Trump interview
Feb 14 • 20 min
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?
Feb 7 • 19 min
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 joined by…
Layoffs and the argument for civic media
Jan 31 • 20 min
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
Jan 24 • 22 min
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
Jan 17 • 17 min
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?
Jan 10 • 21 min
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…
Podcast: A look back at 2018
Dec 20, 2018 • 29 min
Podcast: A look back at 2018 by Columbia Journalism Review
The Washington Post starts a daily news podcast in a saturated market
Dec 13, 2018 • 16 min
The Washington Post starts a daily news podcast in a saturated market by Columbia Journalism Review
Mathew Ingram on the downfall of digital media
Dec 7, 2018 • 20 min
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
Nov 29, 2018 • 15 min
Gisele Regatao on NPR’s accent bias by Columbia Journalism Review
David Little on putting out a paper during the Paradise fire
Nov 15, 2018 • 17 min
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
Nov 8, 2018 • 20 min
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?
Nov 1, 2018 • 20 min
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
Oct 26, 2018 • 12 min
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
Oct 19, 2018 • 14 min
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 Liberal…
#MeToo reporting, one year after Weinstein
Oct 11, 2018 • 28 min
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 reporting on…
Reporting on Trump’s business past with David Cay Johnston
Oct 4, 2018 • 30 min
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…
On Kavanaugh coverage and whether we’ve reached peak podcast
Sep 27, 2018 • 25 min
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…
On fallen men and the mystery of Tucker Carlson
Sep 20, 2018 • 34 min
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: The…
On Bob Woodward’s sources and journalism in Iraq
Sep 13, 2018 • 22 min
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…
Woodward on Trump; press crackdowns in Myanmar
Sep 6, 2018 • 25 min
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…
Covering John McCain’s death and the politics of ESPN
Aug 30, 2018 • 18 min
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, they…
Emily Bell on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s press ban & Jack Dorsey’s press tour
Aug 23, 2018 • 28 min
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 Twitter CEO…
Were all the free press editorials worth it?
Aug 17, 2018 • 24 min
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 writer…
Perils of the internet, from Alex Jones’s ban to Sarah Jeong’s tweets
Aug 9, 2018 • 22 min
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 here?…
Facebook sets its own narrative. Plus, press hatred flares at Trump rallies
Aug 2, 2018 • 19 min
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 influence…
The local news death spiral. Plus, the Cohen–Trump tapes.
Jul 26, 2018 • 27 min
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 crisis in…
A new era for the press after Helsinki?
Jul 19, 2018 • 31 min
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 story.…
Breaking down coverage of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory
Jun 28, 2018 • 22 min
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 debate…
How media pressure forced Trump’s hand on border policy
Jun 22, 2018 • 24 min
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 to do…
Platforms and publishers
Jun 14, 2018 • 17 min
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 and…
Let’s talk about class and journalism
Jun 7, 2018 • 9 min
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 newsrooms.…
Taking the buyout
Jun 1, 2018 • 8 min
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 in…
Can the marriage between Facebook and journalism be saved?
May 24, 2018 • 44 min
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 presses…
A unified campaign against Alden Global Capital
May 10, 2018 • 19 min
A unified campaign against Alden Global Capital by Columbia Journalism Review
Rukmini Callimachi on covering ISIS
May 3, 2018 • 25 min
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’s…
A Tale of Two Tariffs
Apr 26, 2018 • 23 min
A Tale of Two Tariffs by Columbia Journalism Review
The Zuckerberg Chronicles
Apr 12, 2018 • 24 min
The Zuckerberg Chronicles by Columbia Journalism Review
CNN’s Nima Elbagir on her investigation into Libya’s slave trade
Apr 5, 2018 • 27 min
CNN’s Nima Elbagir on her investigation into Libya’s slave trade by Columbia Journalism Review
Is journalism a form of activism?
Mar 29, 2018 • 19 min
Is journalism a form of activism? by Columbia Journalism Review
Paul Ford on the intersection of blockchain and journalism
Mar 15, 2018 • 36 min
Paul Ford on the intersection of blockchain and journalism by Columbia Journalism Review
Kim Masters on #MeToo coverage; Susan Orlean on finding stories
Mar 8, 2018 • 35 min
Kim Masters on #MeToo coverage; Susan Orlean on finding stories by Columbia Journalism Review
A new generation of native voices
Mar 1, 2018 • 32 min
A new generation of native voices by Columbia Journalism Review
The Facebook Armageddon
Feb 22, 2018 • 15 min
The Facebook Armageddon by Columbia Journalism Review
Women in the workplace
Feb 15, 2018 • 22 min
Women in the workplace by Columbia Journalism Review
Threats to journalism
Feb 8, 2018 • 26 min
Threats to journalism by Columbia Journalism Review
The Twitter bot economy
Feb 1, 2018 • 32 min
The Twitter bot economy by Columbia Journalism Review
Slate’s ‘pivot to words’
Jan 25, 2018 • 33 min
Slate’s ‘pivot to words’ by Columbia Journalism Review
Untangling the Facebook mess
Jan 18, 2018 • 23 min
Untangling the Facebook mess by Columbia Journalism Review
Reddit, Michael Wolff, and “media men” list
Jan 11, 2018 • 42 min
Reddit, Michael Wolff, and “media men” list by Columbia Journalism Review
The year in journalism
Dec 21, 2017 • 32 min
The year in journalism by Columbia Journalism Review
The popularity of “Cat Person”
Dec 14, 2017 • 26 min
The popularity of “Cat Person” by Columbia Journalism Review
Jezebel’s new EIC on feminist reporting after Weinstein
Dec 8, 2017 • 27 min
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 discuss…
A dive into the swamp with Politico Playbook’s Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman
Nov 30, 2017 • 31 min
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
Nov 22, 2017 • 40 min
Anti-establishment media in the Trump era by Columbia Journalism Review
Turning the lens on whiteness when covering race
Nov 16, 2017 • 21 min
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 Chisholm and…
Jelani Cobb on one year of Trump
Nov 9, 2017 • 29 min
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 of the…
The evolution of audio, Facebook’s political reckoning, and civil war at the WSJ
Nov 3, 2017 • 30 min
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?
Oct 27, 2017 • 30 min
Does Weinstein represent a sea change or just a moment? by Columbia Journalism Review
From climate change to Facebook
Oct 20, 2017 • 21 min
From climate change to Facebook by Columbia Journalism Review
Harvey Weinstein and the media’s complicated relationship
Oct 13, 2017 • 18 min
Harvey Weinstein and the media’s complicated relationship by Columbia Journalism Review
Covering the White House with Glenn Thrush & Ben Jacobs
Oct 6, 2017 • 30 min
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…
Fake news in a small town
Sep 29, 2017 • 23 min
Fake news in a small town by Columbia Journalism Review
Covering race and racism after Charlottesville
Sep 22, 2017 • 28 min
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 touched…
Combat reporting from the field to the home front
Sep 15, 2017 • 32 min
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 deal…
Preparing for the worst when covering disasters
Sep 8, 2017 • 18 min
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 CJR…
Podcast: Hurricane Harvey
Sep 1, 2017 • 31 min
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, and…
The white supremacy beat
Aug 25, 2017 • 17 min
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 Times,…
The media responds to Charlottesville
Aug 18, 2017 • 23 min
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…
Podcast: Venezuela in crisis
Aug 11, 2017 • 18 min
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…
Podcast: Tabloids in the age of Trump
Aug 4, 2017 • 26 min
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 biggest…
The media is bad at covering drugs
Jul 28, 2017 • 25 min
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 biggest…
Time to rethink the media’s Trump coverage?
Jul 21, 2017 • 22 min
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…
“It is, I promise, worse than you think”
Jul 14, 2017 • 23 min
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 for…
Breaking down CNN’s Reddit fiasco
Jul 7, 2017 • 32 min
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 capturing…
What are “women’s publications” for?
Jun 29, 2017 • 32 min
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 Republican…
The journalist and the arms dealer
Jun 23, 2017 • 17 min
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 to an…
Megyn Kelly gets trolled
Jun 16, 2017 • 36 min
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 upcoming…
How the Comey/Russia story is playing outside the media bubble
Jun 8, 2017 • 30 min
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 departure…
The end of the public editor era at The New York Times
Jun 1, 2017 • 34 min
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 journalists.…
The media’s model for covering terrorist attacks is broken
May 24, 2017 • 31 min
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 drink…
A week inside the pro-Trump parallel media universe
May 19, 2017 • 31 min
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, Dave…
BuzzFeed News and the ‘Upside Down’ media
May 11, 2017 • 35 min
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 whether…
Bret Stephens and the role of columnists
May 4, 2017 • 38 min
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 by…
A third generation of ‘conservative’ media?
Apr 25, 2017 • 25 min
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 new,…
Facebook’s worst-case scenario
Apr 20, 2017 • 28 min
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…
Addicted to war porn
Apr 13, 2017 • 36 min
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 the…
Reckoning with Facebook’s dominance, and CNN’s Tanzina Vega on race & inequality
Apr 5, 2017 • 42 min
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 Valley…
Is the podcast boom good for journalism?
Mar 30, 2017 • 39 min
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 De…
Trump strains the news/opinion divide
Mar 23, 2017 • 37 min
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…
Breaking News (a collaboration with BBC World Service)
Mar 17, 2017 • 27 min
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 respond…
A Breitbart editor walks into a journalism conference…
Mar 8, 2017 • 33 min
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 role…
Trump’s media attacks are getting boring
Feb 28, 2017 • 32 min
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 Lenz…
Spice, Spice baby
Feb 16, 2017 • 27 min
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…
The Jake Tapper-Kellyanne Conway showdown
Feb 9, 2017 • 30 min
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 that and…
Objectivity and Trump’s refugee ban
Feb 1, 2017 • 36 min
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 and…
Avoiding Trump’s trap with “alternative facts”
Jan 24, 2017 • 35 min
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 respond to…
The ethics of BuzzFeed’s decision to publish Trump-Russia memos
Jan 13, 2017 • 36 min
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 as…
Fox News and life after Megyn Kelly
Jan 6, 2017 • 32 min
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 more…
Looking back on a tumultuous year in journalism
Dec 29, 2016 • 35 min
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 in…
Richard Deitsch on the state of sports media
Dec 22, 2016 • 28 min
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, where…
Thomas Jefferson on fake news
Dec 16, 2016 • 30 min
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 this week…
Michael Rosenwald on the enduring primacy of print
Dec 8, 2016 • 33 min
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 more on…
Emily Bell on Facebook and fake news
Dec 1, 2016 • 26 min
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 Associate…
What we’re thankful for in journalism this Thanksgiving
Nov 23, 2016 • 33 min
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
Nov 18, 2016 • 27 min
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.