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Essay

Just Press On

Templates for Anytown, USA

Nic Roethlisberger and Dhyana Levey now live in the foggy Richmond District of San Francisco, flanked by the Pacific Ocean... More

Modesto, California

By the numbers

Population 201,165 Eighteenth-largest city in California; 107th-largest city in the US, between Des Moines, Iowa, and Fayetteville, North Carolina... More

A Paperless Bee

Making the future online

In 1993, I was driving home to Modesto after covering a Bay Area conference on cryptography, having spent the past... More

Class Struggle

Tech won’t end the digital divide

Like many American cities, Modesto has been decimated by local media layoffs and cutbacks in recent years. Journalists have more... More

School’s Out

A lost generation of journalists

A journalist walks across the Modesto Junior College campus in the mid-1990s and peeks in the newspaper office, where dedicated... More

Plowing Ahead

A farm newspaper’s future

Agriculture is and always has been the backbone of the California economy. Last year, Stanislaus County exported agriculture products to... More

Confidence Game

The limited vision of the news gurus

“The question that mass amateurization poses to traditional media is ‘What happens when the costs of reproduction and distribution go... More

Pay Up

Sources have their agendas. Why can’t money be one?

Paying for information is, among American journalists, generally regarded as falling in the same moral category as paying for sex.... More

Keeping Secrets

How censorship has (and hasn’t) changed since World War II

On December 16, 1941, nine days after the Japanese bombed pearl harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt stood before the White... More

Why John Lennon Matters

The case for professional pop-music critics in an amateur age

A John Lennon song floated over our rental-car radio as my father and I wound our way past silos and... More

Newspaper Narcissism

Our pursuit of glory led us away from readers

American journalism is in trouble, and the problem is not just financial. My profession is in distress because for more... More

In the Foothills of Change

Foreign coverage seems doomed, but it’s only just begun

Some months ago, while exploring files in the nearly empty, ink-blackened basement of the old New York Times building on... More

The Sarcastic Times

For Rachel Maddow and the other ironic anchors, absurdity is serious stuff

On a Wednesday night in December, Rachel Maddow, in a toreador-style black jacket, waits for her show to start. She... More

Condition Critical

Can arts critics survive the poison pill of consumerism?

I saw the future through a two-way mirror in November 1990. I had just started a new job as a... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Bloggingheads

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

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