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The natural

Red Smith made it look easy, even when it wasn’t

"Give us this day our daily plinth," my father, Red Smith, and his pal, Joe Palmer, the racing columnist,... More

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Brief encounters

Short reviews of Fighting for the Press and America 1933

Fighting for the Press: The Inside Story of the Pentagon Papers and Other Battles | By James C. Goodale |... More

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Speaking truth to power as a criminal act

A new documentary looks at the press and democracy implications of punishing whistleblowers

In 2007, Franz Gayl, a civilian Marine Corps science advisor, went public with concerns about delays delivering armored vehicles requested... More

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James Goodale: It’s a bad time for press freedoms

A Q&A with the former chief counsel to The New York Times

James Goodale has a message for journalists: Wake up. In his new book, Fighting for the Press (CUNY Journalism Press,... More

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On leaning in

Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, out on March 11, has already provoked much argument

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is an idealist, or at least an optimist. Lean In, her charming, self-deprecating book that lands... More

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Hard lessons

Finding hope in the effort to reform America’s public schools

The desperate condition of many of America's urban schools is captured by an anecdote Ron Berler relates near the... More

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Holy mess

Lawrence Wright unpacks the mysteries of Scientology

In mid-January, The Atlantic, which famously pledged in 1857 to be "the organ of no party or clique," was... More

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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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Brief encounters

Short reviews of After Visiting Friends, The Art of Controversy, and Tupelo Man

After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story | By Michael Hainey | Scribner | 306 pages | $26 Robert C. Hainey... More

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The journalist and the politician

Former NYT reporter Arthur Krock had a long friendship with Joe Kennedy—and it showed in his coverage

Arthur Krock, one-time bureau chief and columnist for The New York Times, is an abject lesson in the temporality of... More

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Wilderness of Errol

Two heavyweights square off with new works on the Jeffrey MacDonald murder case

A Wilderness of Error: The Trials of Jeffrey MacDonald | By Errol Morris | Penguin Press | 544 pages |... More

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Motor City madman

Charlie LeDuff dissects his Detroit hometown

In recent years, a journalistic cottage industry has emerged around the collapse of once-vibrant Detroit, the implosion of the... More

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Fait inaccompli

Why the world failed to rebuild Haiti after the earthquake

On March 31, 2010, almost three months after an earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince, the capital city of the poorest nation... More

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Unfinished business

A new biography of photojournalist Tim Hetherington reflects on a too-short career

In recent years, as the American public has grown exhausted by news of war, it has become ever more... More

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Brief Encounters

Short reviews of A Journalist’s Diplomatic Mission and The Noir Forties

A Journalist's Diplomatic Mission: Ray Stannard Baker's World War I Diary | Edited with an introduction by John Maxwell Hamilton... More

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


The shirt on your back

How did the clothes you’re wearing get to you? We trace the human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry in video, words and pictures

Anxious royalist

Fantastic letter in The Times

Coming out as a porn star

How do you tell your family and friends?

The truth about Google X

A look behind the secretive lab’s closed doors

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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