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The Best American Magazine Writing 2014

by The American Society of Magazine Editors, Sid Holt & Mark Jannot Columbia University Press (November 25, 2014)

Our annual anthology of finalists and winners of the National Magazine Awards 2014 includes Jonathan Franzen’s eloquent rumination in National Geographic on the damage we continue to inflict on the environment...

The Domestication of Language: Cultural Evolution and the Uniqueness of the Human Animal

by Daniel Cloud Columbia University Press (November 25, 2014)

Language did not evolve only in the distant past. Our shared understanding of the meanings of words is ever-changing, and we make conscious, rational decisions about which words to use and what to mean by them...

The New Censorship: Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom

by Joel Simon Columbia University Press (November 11, 2014)

Journalists are being imprisoned and killed in record numbers. Online surveillance is annihilating privacy, and the Internet can be brought under government control at any time. Joel Simon, the executive director...

Not Like a Native Speaker: On Languaging as a Postcolonial Experience

by Rey Chow Columbia University Press (September 23, 2014)

Although the era of European colonialism has long passed, misgivings about the inequality of the encounters between European and non-European languages persist in many parts of the postcolonial world. This unfinished...

Informing the Global Citizen: A Selection from The New Censorship: Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom

by Joel Simon Columbia University Press (September 02, 2014)

Today, anyone with an iPhone can provide firsthand accounts from the world’s front lines. Despite our increased access to events around the world, journalists are more vital than ever as they bring context...

A Daughter's Memoir of Burma

by Wendy Law-Yone & David I. Steinberg Columbia University Press (July 01, 2014)

Wendy Law-Yone was fifteen at the time of Burma's military coup in 1962. The daughter of Ed Law-Yone, daredevil proprietor of Rangoon Nation, Burma’s leading postwar English-language daily, she experienced...

Media in the Digital Age

by John V. Pavlik Columbia University Press (May 12, 2008)

Digital technologies have fundamentally altered the nature and function of media in our society, reinventing age-old practices of public communication and at times circumventing traditional media and challenging...

Beyond News: The Future of Journalism

by Mitchell Stephens Columbia University Press (February 04, 2014)

For a century and a half, journalists made a good business out of selling the latest news or selling ads next to that news. Now that news pours out of the Internet and our mobile devices—fast, abundant, and...

The Watchdog That Didn't Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism

by Dean Starkman Columbia University Press (January 07, 2014)

In this sweeping, incisive post mortem, Dean Starkman exposes the critical shortcomings that softened coverage in the business press during the mortgage era and the years leading up to the financial collapse...

Text to Tradition: The  Naisadhiyacarita and Literary Community in South Asia

by Deven M. Patel Columbia University Press (January 07, 2014)

Written in the twelfth century, the Naisadhiyacarita (The Adventures of Nala, King of Nisadha) is a seminal Sanskrit poem beloved by South Asian literary communities for nearly a millennium. This volume introduces...

Best American Magazine Writing 2013

by The American Society of Magazine Editors, Sid Holt & James Bennet Columbia University Press (December 10, 2013)

A perennial hit, our Best American Magazine Writing chooses from the nominees and winners of the coveted National Magazine Awards. Selections belong to the categories of public interest reporting, features,...

The Layers of Magazine Editing

by Michael Robert Evans Columbia University Press (August 25, 2004)

Unlike the myriad writing manuals that emphasize grammar, sentence structure, and other skills necessary for entry-level editing jobs, this engaging book adopts a broader view, beginning with the larger topics...

In Translation: Translators on Their Work and What It Means

by Esther Allen & Susan Bernofsky Columbia University Press (May 07, 2013)

The most comprehensive collection of perspectives on translation to date, this anthology features essays by some of the world’s most skillful writers and translators, including Haruki Murakami, Alice Kaplan,...

Beyond Pure Reason: Ferdinand de Saussure's Philosophy of Language and Its Early Romantic Antecedents

by Boris Gasparov Columbia University Press (September 18, 2012)

The Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure (1857–1913) revolutionized the study of language, signs, and discourse in the twentieth century. He successfully reconstructed the proto-Indo-European vowel system,...

The Art of Making Magazines: On Being an Editor and Other Views from the Industry

by Victor S. Navasky & Evan Cornog Columbia University Press (August 21, 2012)

From finding and cultivating authors to effectively incorporating art and design, from the importance of fact checking and copyediting to the critical relationship between advertising dollars and content, this...

The Present Personal

by Hagi Kenaan Columbia University Press (January 22, 2005)

Is philosophy deaf to the sound of the personal voice? While philosophy is experienced at admiring, resenting, celebrating, and, at times, renouncing language, philosophers have rarely succeeded in being intimate...

News From Abroad

by Donald R. Shanor Columbia University Press (July 30, 2003)

Over the last two decades, following major conflicts in Kuwait, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq, Americans began to participate more actively than ever before in the world's numerous nationalist, religious, and...

Covering Globalization: A Handbook for Reporters

by Anya Schiffrin & Amer Bisat Columbia University Press (November 17, 2004)

The first journalism textbook for reporters who cover finance and economics in developing and transitional countries, Covering Globalization is an essential guide to the pressing topics of our times. Written...

The Birth of Vietnamese Political Journalism: Saigon, 1916-1930

by Philippe M.F. Peycam Columbia University Press (May 01, 2012)

Philippe M. F. Peycam completes the first ever English-language study of Vietnam’s emerging political press and its resistance to colonialism. Published in the decade that preceded the Communist Party’s...

Confidence Game: The Limited Vision of the News Gurus

by Dean Starkman Columbia University Press (November 22, 2011)

Dean Starkman takes on what has become a dominant perspective on the future of news in the digital age as personified by three well known media thinkers — Jay Rosen, Clay Shirky, and Jeff Jarvis — who have...

Voices of Revolution: The Dissident Press in America

by Rodger Streitmatter Columbia University Press (August 20, 2001)

Streitmatter tells the stories of dissident American publications and press movements of the last two centuries, and of the colorful individuals behind them. From publications that fought for the disenfranchised...

Becoming the News

by Ruth Palmer Columbia University Press (November 07, 2017)

What does it feel like to be featured, quoted, or just named in a news story? A refugee family, the survivor of a shooting, a primary voter in Iowa—the views and experiences of ordinary people are an important...

Chinese Script

by Thomas O. Höllmann & Maximiliane Donicht Columbia University Press (November 14, 2017)

In this brisk and accessible history, sinologist Thomas O. Höllmann explains the development of the Chinese writing system and its importance in literature, religion, art, and other aspects of culture. Spanning...

The Best American Magazine Writing 2017

by Sid Holt & The American Society of Magazine Editors Columbia University Press (December 19, 2017)

With the work of journalists under fire around the world, this year’s anthology of National Magazine Awards finalists and winners is a timely reminder of the power of journalism. These pieces from writers...

Journalism After Snowden

by Smitha Khorana, Jennifer R. Henrichsen, Emily Bell & Taylor Owen Columbia University Press (January 31, 2017)

Edward Snowden’s release of classified NSA documents exposed the widespread government practice of mass surveillance in a democratic society. The publication of these documents, facilitated by three journalists,...

Journalistic Authority

by Matt Carlson Columbia University Press (May 23, 2017)

When we encounter a news story, why do we accept its version of events? A complicated set of cultural, structural, and technological relationships inform this interaction, and Journalistic Authority provides...

Deciding What's True

by Lucas Graves Columbia University Press (September 06, 2016)

Over the past decade, American outlets such as PolitiFact,, and the Washington Post’s Fact Checker have shaken up the political world by holding public figures accountable for what they say....

Fate, Time, and Language

by David Foster Wallace, Steven M. Cahn, Maureen Eckert & James Ryerson et al. Columbia University Press (December 10, 2010)

Long before he published Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace wrote a brilliant critique of Richard Taylor's argument for fatalism. In 1962, Taylor used six commonly-accepted presuppositions to imply that humans...

How to Read Chinese Poetry Workbook

by Zong-qi Cai & Jie Cui Columbia University Press (March 06, 2012)

Designed to work with the acclaimed course text How to Read Chinese Poetry: A Guided Anthology, the How to Read Chinese Poetry Workbook introduces classical Chinese to advanced beginners and learners at higher...

The Fine Art of Copyediting

by Elsie Myers Stainton Columbia University Press (January 30, 2002)

Now featuring solid advice on computer editing and a new chapter on style, as well as more information on references, bibliographies, indexing, and bias-free writing, The Fine Art of Copyediting, Second Edition...

Friendlyvision: Fred Friendly and the Rise and Fall of Television Journalism

by Ralph Engelman & Morley Safer Columbia University Press (April 24, 2009)

Fred Friendly (1915-1998) was the single most important personality in news and public affairs programming during the first four decades of American television. Portrayed by George Clooney in the film Good Night...

Negotiating Languages: Urdu, Hindi, and the Definition of Modern South Asia

by Walter N. Hakala Columbia University Press (August 30, 2016)

Prior to the nineteenth century, South Asian dictionaries, glossaries, and vocabularies reflected a hierarchical vision of nature and human society. By the turn of the twentieth century, the modern dictionary...

Thinking Clearly: Cases in Journalistic Decision-Making

by Tom Rosenstiel & Amy S. Mitchell Columbia University Press (August 13, 2003)

Written by professional journalists and classroom-tested at schools of journalism, these case studies are designed to provoke conversation about the issues that shape the production and presentation of the news...

The Best American Magazine Writing 2016

by The American Society of Magazine Editors, Sid Holt & Roger Hodge Columbia University Press (November 29, 2016)

This year’s Best American Magazine Writing features outstanding writing on contentious issues including incarceration, policing, sexual assault, labor, technology, and environmental catastrophe. Selections...

Brevity: A Flash Fiction Handbook

by David Galef Columbia University Press (November 08, 2016)

Flash fiction is over in the blink of an eye yet lingers with the reader. In Brevity, David Galef guides creative writing students through this timely literary genre, detailing best techniques, key examples,...

Better Presentations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks

by Jonathan Schwabish Columbia University Press (November 15, 2016)

Whether you are a university professor, researcher at a think tank, graduate student, or analyst at a private firm, chances are that at some point you have presented your work in front of an audience. Most of...

I Speak, Therefore I Am: Seventeen Thoughts About Language

by Andrea Moro & Ian Roberts Columbia University Press (July 05, 2016)

And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them:

and whatsoever Adam called every living creature,


Second Read: Writers Look Back at Classic Works of Reportage

by James Marcus & The Staff of the Columbia Journalism Review Columbia University Press (November 08, 2011)

The Columbia Journalism Review's Second Read series features distinguished journalists revisiting key works of reportage. Along the way, the authors address such ongoing concerns as the conflict between narrative...

The Best American Magazine Writing 2015

by The American Society of Magazine Editors, Sid Holt & Evan Ratliff Columbia University Press (December 15, 2015)

This year’s anthology of finalists and winners of the National Magazine Awards includes Ta-Nehisi Coates’s much-discussed and debated "The Case For Reparations" (The Atlantic), Amanda Hess’s explosive...

What Kind of Creatures Are We?

by Noam Chomsky Columbia University Press (December 08, 2015)

Noam Chomsky is widely known and deeply admired for being the founder of modern linguistics, one of the founders of the field of cognitive science, and perhaps the most avidly read political theorist and commentator...

Pulitzer's Gold: A Century of Public Service Journalism

by Roy J. Harris, Jr. Columbia University Press (December 22, 2015)

The Joseph Pulitzer Gold Medal for meritorious public service is an unparalleled American media honor, awarded to news organizations for collaborative reporting that moves readers, provokes change, and advances...

Inventing English: A Portable History of the Language

by Seth Lerer Columbia University Press (August 04, 2015)

Seth Lerer tells a masterful history of the English language from the age of Beowulf to the rap of Eminem. Many have written about the evolution of grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary, but only Lerer situates...

The Story So Far: What We Know About the Business of Digital Journalism

by Bill Grueskin, Ava Seave & Lucas Graves Columbia University Press (May 17, 2011)

Can digital journalism be profitable? What's making money, what isn't, and why? Columbia University faculty members Bill Grueskin, academic dean of the Journalism School, and Ava Seave, principal at Quantum...

Engaged Journalism: Connecting With Digitally Empowered News Audiences

by Jake Batsell Columbia University Press (February 03, 2015)

Engaged Journalism explores the changing relationship between news producers and audiences and the methods journalists can use to secure the attention of news consumers. Based on Jake Batsell’s extensive experience...