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When McGovern met Mailer

Revisiting an unjustly forgotten account of the 1972 political conventions

When former U.S. Senator George McGovern died in late October, he was valorized as the rare decent man working in... More

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Fact-checking at The New Yorker

An excerpt from The Art of Making Magazines

Last month, Columbia Journalism Review Books and Columbia University Press released The Art of Making Magazines: On Being an Editor... More

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New Yorker writers dish about their craft

An event with The Moth saw writers telling “tales out of school”

The New Yorker Festival brought back its collaboration with The Moth again on Friday for “Tales out of School 4,”... More

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Review: Dennis Drabelle’s The Great American Railroad War

How Frank Norris and Ambrose Bierce helped keep a crooked railroad honest

The Great American Railroad War: How Ambrose Bierce and Frank Norris Took on the Notorious Central Pacific Railroad | By... More

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Review: The Year of the Gadfly

A teenage journalist finds herself in Jennifer Miller’s resonant first novel

The Year of the Gadfly | By Jennifer Miller | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | 384 pages, $24.00 “Even Edward R.... More

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Behind Big Oil, the original big business

A review of Steve Coll’s Private Empire

Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power | By Steve Coll | Penguin Press HC | 704 pages, $36 When the... More

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Required skimming: literary criticism

Keep abreast of what the bookish thinkers are thinking

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers' beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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Q&A: Confront and Conceal author David Sanger

“There’s nothing ‘childish’ about raising issues of great public import”

Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power | By David E. Sanger | Crown |... More

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How the US captured the real 9/11 mastermind

Terry McDermott and Josh Meyer take us deep inside the hunt for KSM

The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed | By Terry... 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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America’s forgotten war

Historian Troy Bickham revisits the War of 1812

The Weight of Vengeance: The United States, the British Empire, and the War of 1812 | By Troy Bickham |... More

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Douglas Brinkley talks Cronkite

An interview with the legendary newsman’s biographer

In Cronkite, his hefty new biography, author and historian Douglas Brinkley tackles the “most trusted man in America,” as newsman... 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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Nonfiction’s ‘meta’ moment

Reviewing an anthology of “writings about the writings”

Metawritings: Toward a Theory of Nonfiction | Edited by Jill Talbot | University Of Iowa Press | 242 pages, $39.95... More

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What it takes to win the White House

A review of Samuel L. Popkin’s The Candidate

The Candidate: What It Takes to Win—And Hold—The White House | By Samuel L. Popkin | Oxford University Press... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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