Saturday, January 31, 2015. Last Update: Fri 4:35 PM EST

Author Archive

Articles by Douglas McCollam | Email the Author

sulzberger.jpg

Why did Sulzberger hire Abramson?

Her style never suited him. He got exactly what was advertised.

As the fallout from Jill Abramson's abrupt dismissal as executive editor of The New York Times on Wednesday continues to... More

mccollam.brandoicon.jpg

In cold type

When Truman Capote set out to profile Marlon Brando for The New Yorker in 1957, he knew just how to set his traps

One morning in January, 1957, Josh Logan, the veteran Broadway producer and Hollywood director, came down from his room into... More

Up and Down on the Bayou

A snapshot of The Times-Picayune five years after Katrina

In the spring of 2006, about seven months after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and a swath of the Gulf... More

A Distant Echo

What Father Coughlin tells us about Glenn Beck

Throughout the initial year of President Obama’s term, there has been much consternation over the administration’s “war” with the conservative... More

A Man in Full

Four years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans broadcaster Garland Robinette is still fighting mad

It was the birds that tipped him off. Two days before Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, while the storm was... More

In the Tank

Did the press help elect Barack Obama?

First, allow me to confess my sins. For the last eleven years, I have made my living practicing the dark... More

Sulzberger at the Barricades

Arthur Sulzberger Jr. is racing to transform the embattled New York Times for the digital age. Is he up to the job?

Corporate annual meetings are generally drowsy affairs—a pep talk by management, some PowerPoint graphics, a little predetermined voting, all topped... More

Somewhere East of Eden

Why the St. Pete Times model can’t save newspapers

The temple housing Nelson Poynter’s holy relics of journalism is located outside of downtown St. Petersburg, on a sunny chunk... More

Norman Pearlstine, Company Man

An editor revisits his role in Plamegate

Norman Pearlstine was not a happy camper. It was spring 2005, and for almost a year the editor-in-chief of Time... More

On the Rocks

Douglas McCollam on John McPhee’s Annals of the Former World

Annals of the Former World By John McPhee Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1998 I first encountered the writer John McPhee... More

The Shame Game

“To Catch a Predator” is propping up NBC’s Dateline, but at what cost?

It was just before 3 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon last November when a contingent of police gathered outside the... More

Not So Fast, Mr. Fitzgerald

As a rule, reporters prefer to cover court cases, not argue them. So it was disturbing to see portions of... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

Bloggingheads

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

  • If you like the magazine, get the rest of the year for just $19.95 (6 issues in all).
  • If not, simply write cancel on the bill and return it. You will owe nothing.

Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.