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Essay

Just Press On

Templates for Anytown, USA

ic 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

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?

aying 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

n 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

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

Bloggingheads

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

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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