Columbia Journalism Review

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Columbia Journalism Review
Editor Liz Spayd[1]
Categories Journalism Review
Frequency Two per year
First issue 1961
Company Columbia University
Country United States
Language English
ISSN 0010-194X

The Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) is an American magazine for professional journalists published by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism since 1961. Its contents include news and media industry trends, analysis, professional ethics and stories behind news.

In October 2015, it was announced that the print magazine's publishing frequency is being reduced from six to two issues per year in order to focus on digital operations.[2]


The current chairman is Stephen J. Adler, who also serves as Reuters' Editor in Chief.

The previous chairman of the magazine was Victor Navasky, a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and former editor and publisher of the politically progressive The Nation. According to Executive Editor Michael Hoyt, Navasky's role is "99% financial" and "he doesn't push anything editorially," adding that Navasky has "learned how to get a small magazine of ideas into the black, and he's trying to come up with some strategies for us."[3]


CJR is a nonprofit entity and relies on fundraising to fund its operations. Donors to CJR include George SorosOpen Society Foundations.[4]

In August 2007, Mike Hoyt, the CJR's executive editor since 2003, said the CJR''s income in 2007 would exceed expenses by about $50,000, with estimates of a $40,000 surplus in 2008. Hoyt attributed the surpluses to a mix of some staff cuts, such as not replacing three editors who left, and fundraising increases. Donations to the CJR in the past three years have included about $1.25 million from a group of news veterans headed by former Philadelphia Inquirer executive editor Eugene Roberts.[5]

As of mid-2007, the CJR had an eight-person staff, an annual budget of $2.3 million, and circulation of about 19,000, including 6,000 student subscriptions.[5]

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  1. ^ Liz Spayd named editor-in-chief of 'CJR'
  2. ^ Spayd, Elizabeth (14 October 2015). "A note to CJR's readers". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Graham Webster, "Victor Navasky Now Playing Key Role at 'CJR'", Editor & Publisher, July 15, 2005
  4. ^ Chavkin, Sasha (April 23, 2013). "The Koch brothers' media investment". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Joe Strupp, "AJR Facing Major Debt -- But CJR Says It's In The Black", Editor & Publisher, August 22, 2007

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