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A Passion for Print

Why newspapers are thriving in Kenya

ot long ago, I was party to a minor squabble between two guards who work at the apartment complex where... More

Everyone Eats …

But that doesn’t make you a restaurant critic

hen I arrived in New York City fresh out of graduate school in 1977, the city’s food scene couldn’t have... More

Less Is Not More

Why do newspapers alienate their most loyal readers?

hen my son’s first college roommate turned out to be from Chicago, I was delighted. His family had long subscribed... More

Moscow’s New Rules

Islands of press freedom in a country of control

ate last summer, Ilya Barabanov, a young Russian editor, posted a laconic message on his Web site under the heading,... More

A Thousand Cuts

As long as the monopoly money rolled in, who noticed?

pencer Ackerman, who reports on national security issues for The Washington Independent and blogs about the same—and does both at... More

Time the Conquerer

Three newspapers in thirty-nine minutes. Uh, oh.

sat through plenty of official focus groups in my years as a Washington Post assistant managing editor, watching people... More

Lou and Me

‘We work at a newspaper, a real newspaper’

ate into another sleepless Chicago night, I drag a blue-blooded widow and a balding curmudgeon under the covers with me,... More

Banned in Britain

Across the pond, new perils—and possibilities—for press freedom

he documents are ugly and embarrassing. In e-mails riddled with terms like “gasoline slops” and “caustic washing,” officials with Trafigura,... More

Seeds of Change?

Why we need independent data on genetically modified crops

ome time early this year a group called the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications will issue a... More

Picture This

Notes from a life behind the lens

John Costello began work as a photojournalist at fifteen, bicycling to his first assignment at the McKean County Miner in... More

The Rise of True Fiction

Some of the best new films and books live between genres

taff Sergeant Will James fiddles with the bomb like an IT tech on methamphetamine. He works quickly despite his seventy-pound... More

Myths of Mexico

The media’s simplistic depiction of the ‘drug war’

n 1891, my great-great-uncle, Catarino Garza, attempted to overthrow the Mexican dictator, Porfirio Díaz, by launching an armed revolution from... More

‘A Minor Regional Prophet’

Paul Hemphill wrote the stories he was meant to write

Paul Hemphill, the first published writer I ever knew, died in Atlanta last summer of lung cancer at the age... More

How ‘Subprime’ Crushed ‘Predatory’

And what it says about language, the business press, and how we think about the economic crisis

hat is the root cause of the financial crisis? “Lousy loans,” says Elizabeth Warren, the chairwoman of the Congressional Oversight... More

A Luddite’s Virtual Book Tour

Get on Facebook, make a video, e-blast everyone you know

Just before my latest book, Home Girl, came out in June 2008, the Random House promotion team invited me in... 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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