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Fast women

Phileas Fogg had nothing on pioneering female journalists Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland

Ah, stunt journalism. where would America's airport bookstores be without it? Let's see if I can read an entire... More

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Edward Luce charts America’s decline

Is the United States past its prime?

Time to Start Thinking: America in the Age of Descent | By Edward Luce | Atlantic Monthly Press | 291... More

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Trashed

Trying to get honest about America’s garbage problem

Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash | By Edward Humes | Avery | 288 pages, $27.00 Humans have always... More

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Class, warfare

Remembering Paul Fussell

Paul Fussell, historian and cultural critic, died last week at 88. With his death, America lost a steady voice for... More

Taking Tea with Ayn Rand

Gary Weiss explores Objectivism’s influence on contemporary politics

Ayn Rand Nation: The Hidden Struggle for America’s Soul | By Gary Weiss | St Martin’s Press | 304 pages,... More

Babel

Robert Lane Greene on why language is always, and never, in decline

You Are What You Speak: Grammar Grouches, Language Laws, and the Politics of Identity | by Robert Lane Greene |... More

Pretty Pictures, Hard Times

A look back at the illustrated magazines of the 1840s

Art for the Middle Classes: America's Illustrated Magazines of the 1840s by Cynthia Lee Patterson | University Press of Mississippi... More

The Power of the Drones

Inside Slate’s efforts to crowdsource good ideas

People have to be damn committed to an idea to attend an event about it on a Monday night, even... More

Stung Out

Apparently now that the is-she-actually-a-lesbian discussion has been ruled dilatory, journalists have decided to focus on the one kinda minority... More

Dominick Dunne, Done

Celebrity journalism matters, sometimes

Quite possibly the person most bothered by the death of Edward M. Kennedy last week was celebrity crime writer and... More

We Heart the Vineyard

So apparently Barack Obama is going to spend a week at the end of this month in Martha's Vineyard. This... More

Depression Shopping

As surely everyone knows by now, America is deep in the throes of a recession. But no matter how dire... More

The Magazinist

Close reading the July 2009 issue of Reason

Every now and then, CJR’s Magazinist delivers an opinionated look at the journals of opinion. Discovering Japan The cover story... More

The Magazinist

Close reading the May 2009 issue of The American Prospect

Every now and then, CJR’s Magazinist delivers an opinionated look at the journals of opinion. The main cover line of... More

Wish He Was a Baller

Friedman fumbles with last-minute call for a carbon tax

As virtually all of America knows by now, Tom Friedman is a big environmentalist. He loves nature, green things, responsible... More

Class Dismissed

The ‘populist’ case against cap-and-trade is absurd

Historian John Steele Gordon, writing on Barack Obama’s economic policies in the April issue of Commentary, says that the president's... More

Mission Accomplished?

Why the AFT’s compromise won’t end the education wars

Perhaps because it is inherently a little dull, the world of education policy likes to liven up its policy disputes... More

Baby Elephants

What’s with all these really young GOP pundits?

On February 27, 2009, attendees at the annual meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference were addressed by Jonathan Krohn,... More

Defining “Middle Class”

Joe Biden and the White House Task Force on the Middle Class

In the midst of the debates leading up to the recent presidential election, the governor of Alaska said something to... More

Colorblind at The New York Times

Blue Room, Green Room, what’s the difference?

In today's New York Times, Deborah Needleman has an interesting, if sort of fluffy, column about how the Obamas should... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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