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Another round of Cosmos

An American popular scientist in the Carl Sagan tradition, Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why he tweets, and why the US needs to rediscover its space mojo

When it comes to making science popular and accessible, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson does it all. He’s the director... More

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My space

Internet visionary Esther Dyson is ready for liftoff

Esther Dyson always figured she would ride a rocket one day. As the daughter of renowned physicist Freeman Dyson,... More

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Questionable taste

Ricky Gervais describes the pleasures and pitfalls of being interviewed

As his Golden Globes hosting gigs have shown, Ricky Gervais is not afraid to say what he thinks. So... More

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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

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Rules of the game

The sometimes nauseating, often fun, and always absurd life of a movie publicist

I’ve always regretted that I never thanked Goldie Hawn for launching my career as a publicist. Goldie became my... More

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Celeb-O-Matic

Yes, it’s your handy map of access to the stars!

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Gross misunderstanding

What journalists miss about the movie business

The vast preponderance of news reporting about Hollywood concerns the weekly box-office race. It is offered free to the... More

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Esprit de corpse

What it’s like to be embedded—on a movie set

With an explosion of light, the screaming starts. . . . This place is wrecked—an entire ballroom flopped on its head. In the... More

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The red-carpet treatment

Set the Wayback Machine to April 9, 1984. The stars are filing into the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles for the 56th Academy Awards . . .

In 1984, gaining access to the Oscars was pretty easy. Calling from Vanity Fair, where new immigrant Tina Brown had... More

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Taking the seen-it route

Why toil as an entry-level slave when you can watch a lot of TV, write it up, build a following—and perhaps even get paid?

Since I could talk, I have talked back to the television. Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was great—I loved that segment... More

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Avoiding pilot error

By tracking its users’ intent to watch fall shows, TVGuide.com handicaps the new TV season

Television viewers are all over the place these days, tuning in via computers, tablets, and phones, at odd times, and... More

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The fame game

Just in time for Hollywood awards season, CJR shines a Klieg light on entertainment journalism—a sometimes deprecated but highly influential corner of the craft.

In the past half century, as the big movie studios ceded control of the media narrative, celebrities have loomed... More

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Will the Daily Bugle survive?

How the most endangered journalism species — the newspaper — might prevent extinction

Excerpted from Deadlines and Disruption, by Stephen B. Shepard, published by McGraw-Hill, © 2012 With the traditional business model collapsing,... More

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Failing geometry

The once-mighty triangle of publisher-audience-advertiser, long the basis for success in the media business, is now shaky. So let’s consider transformation …

In 1830, a publisher named Lynde Walter launched a Boston paper called The Boston Evening Transcript. Transcript’s most important... More

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Long may it wave

The traditional banner ad isn’t dead; it just transforms to fit the latest digital fashions — and the demands (lots of demands) from marketers

Fifteen years ago, when I was an editor at New York magazine, I had a little side project: I got... 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

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