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An Rx for Reporting

Yesterday’s strategies failed on the health-reform story. Now what?

ust before Christmas, a CNN poll asked Americans whether they favored or opposed the health-reform bills moving through Congress. Forty-two... More

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

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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