Elise Czajkowski


Brooklyn, New York

Elise Czajkowski


Print-Only in a Digital World

A few independent commercial publishers are rediscovering the joys of print. Will they survive long enough to tell the tale? Not quite horse-and-buggy: The small, well-designed magazine without a web edition. The future of print media is murky, but decidedly dark. Will it go the way of the tape player and the DVD player — still in existence, with niche audiences, but losing out at every step to digital?
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Why Sidewalk News is bringing local news amongst the people

One of my core journalistic beliefs is that, for a community to thrive, all of its members must have access to high quality local news. And that often isn’t the case — as a 2018 report by Fiona Morgan and James Hamilton determined, “Poor people get poor information, because income inequality generates information inequality.”.
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It’s Time to Retire the Man on the Street

Building trust in news means forming thoughtful connections, not shaking opinions out of random pedestrians.
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On Information Inequality and the Real World

I’ve long felt that journalists don’t fully consider how draining it is to consume the news. While the journalism industry (rightly) laments the speed at which journalists are forced to produce ever-more content, we overlook how much time a person would need to fully absorb and understand all that output.
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John Oliver Wants Last Week Tonight to Be The Muppet Show

Since its debut in 2014, HBO’s Last Week Tonight With John Oliver has routinely pushed the boundaries of what a topical comedy show can be. Its deep-dive segments, which now often nudge the show beyond its designated half-hour slot, are famous for tackling the obscure, convoluted, and underreported.
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Most millennials enjoy filing their taxes

And more than two-thirds of Americans are very confident that they file their taxes correctly each year.
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A Stand-Up Talks About Depression. He Hopes You’ll Laugh.

The title of Chris Gethard’s new solo show, “Career Suicide,” and its accompanying poster — he’s seen with a cartoon noose around his neck — might seem like an odd choice for a comedy. But, as Mr. Gethard’s fans have come to learn, it’s an apt title for a comedian whose work often addresses his struggles with depression and anxiety and whose career has had its share of twists and turns.
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The Saudi funnyman challenging his conservative country

Stand-up comedy may have been born in the United States of Vaudevillian heritage, but the format’s simplicity and endless flexibility have attracted fans and followers across the globe. In Saudi Arabia, its popularity can be attributed to one man. Fahad Albutairi is often credited as the first Saudi to perform stand-up comedy professionally, following a performance in 2008. Now the 30-year-old comic lords over a massive YouTube empire that has racked up nearly a billion hits. His next challenge is to change the way Saudis view entertainment forever.
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On the Hour: The State of the Stand-Up Comedy Special

A stand-up special has long been a sign of arrival in the comedy scene, informally marking someone as a “comic of note.”. Whether an audio-only album or a taped performance for TV or cinemas, the “hour” has been the foundation of many successful stand-up careers. With the rise of alternative forms of production and distribution online, a comedian can now just as easily use a series of six-second Vines or a 180-minute podcast as a calling card.
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The Cluelessness of Claiming Silverman Shouldn’t Be Dirty

According to Brian Lowry at Variety, “being as dirty as the guys” is the worst thing that Sarah Silverman can do for her career. This Sarah Silverman?
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A Fighter's Comedy Show: the Oral History of 'Tough Crowd'

2013 has brought an unprecedented wave of new late night shows. Most stick to the tried and true late night format of scripted segments and celebrity guests, or.
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A Chat With Writer Jon Ronson

Bestselling British author and documentary filmmaker Jon Ronson has found his way into the weirdest corners of society. His first book, Them: Adventures with Extremists, found him searching for the secret elite group that many extremists believe rule the world.
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Elise Czajkowski

In the spring of 2019, I was a Tow Knight Fellow in Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. I am now launching a non-profit called Sidewalk News, which uses outdoor advertising to distribute local news. More information can be found at

I also cover comedy and media in New York City; I previously compiled the comedy listings for The New York Times, and wrote for The New York Times, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Splitsider, Flavorpill, Time Out New York, Paste Magazine, Vulture, The Awl, and GOOD Magazine.

I have a degree from New York University in Broadcast Journalism and International Politics. As well as holding real jobs, I have written questions for BBC 4 quiz show "Only Connect", read the news on New Zealand radio, and audio described plays for blind audiences.



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