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July/August 2014

Articles

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Cover Story

Brick by brick

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

In April, six months after her family sold the newspaper it had controlled for eight decades to Amazon founder... More

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Currents

Google Glass vs. Google Hoax

Can you tell which of these stories about the gadget are true and which are false?

Everyone's talking about Google Glass. After years of development and exclusive, invitation-only testing, the tech giant finally made its wearable... More

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Reports

The toy department shall lead us

Why sports media have always been newsroom innovators

When Ezra Klein left the Washington Post in January to start his own website at Vox Media, a big... More

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Reports

End of an era?

Congress tries to neuter Voice of America’s journalism

Spurred by the foreign policy crises in Ukraine and Syria, and a fear that the US is losing the global... More

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Feature

Are we journalists first?

The longstanding debate about whether and when a reporter can intervene in a story is rekindled in the age of inequality

In the fall of 1997, the Los Angeles Times published an ambitious 6,500-word front-page feature on the lives of... More

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Feature

Journalism’s bright future (is a lie?)

Slate’s Jacob Weisberg and Harper’s John R. MacArthur on the new world

Since 1985, the George T. Delacorte Center at Columbia Journalism School has hosted a lecture series on magazine journalism. Over... More

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Feature

Build the future

Journalism’s deathwatch is over

A decade ago, aspiring journalists could just think about journalism and leave the financial side to others. Now, to... More

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Feature

False idol

The scrooge of ‘digital correctness’

For a Delacorte Lecture I gave in 2012, I described what I viewed as a headlong rush toward digital... More

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Feature

The back door

How a hacker helped ProPublica expose Russia’s secret infusion of cash to the embattled Syrian government

In November 2012, the investigative news site ProPublica published a two-part story that added an important new dimension to... More

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Behind the News

The ghosts of Iraq

In the wake of the Iraq WMD debacle, the press has been hesitant to report decisively on violence in Syria

  Coverage of chemical weapons in Syria is in some ways a story of redemption. For major news organizations,... More

Departments

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Darts and Laurels

Darts & Laurels [Updated]

Is it okay to use the N-word for effect? Um, no.

DART to the Westview News, a Greenwich Village monthly, for poor judgment in using the N-word, spelled out with all... More

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Opening Shot

A look at the last nine US reporters who faced the possibility of jail time

Each protected sources while under threat of imprisonment

Do journalists have a right to protect their sources? The issue is back in the news with the Supreme... More

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Editorial

Power shift

Journalists increasingly control decisions about what’s in the public interest

In the basement of The Guardian's London offices, under the watchful eye of British intelligence agents, the paper's staff... More

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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Readers respond to our May/June issue

Robot vs. Human How many news media drones--or camera and microphone mounted on the end of broomsticks (see last graph... More

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Currents

Infographic: Soccer goes mainstream in the US

A niche sport no more, and media coverage has expanded to match interest

For four solid weeks in the middle of summer, a growing legion of US soccer fans cling to radios, laptops,... More

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Currents

Hard Numbers

Freedom of the press

60 percent of US journalists in 1982 said they had "almost complete freedom" in selecting their stories 33.6 percent... More

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Currents

Story Control

A new suite of tools allows the public to parse press coverage

Back in February, MIT's Center for Civic Media published a stunning series of graphics tracing press coverage of Trayvon... More

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Language Corner

Striking redundant expressions

Why use two words when one would do?

"Write tighter" is a plea most journalists have heard, probably more than once. One way to do so is to... More

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Currents

Crunching the numbers on self-publishing

How much profit did four writers make from online publishing platforms?

Amazon, Atavist, Beacon Reader, Byliner, iTunes, Kobo, Medium. There are plenty of online platforms where writers can get longform stories... More

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Reports

Rosie the scribbler

Why women are leading coverage of the war-torn Middle East

Liz Sly, the Beirut bureau chief of The Washington Post, was sitting in the lobby of a Damascus hotel... More

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On the Job

Bedrooms of the fallen

Preserved by their families as memorials to loved ones lost

Ashley Gilbertson has made a small ceremony of stopping for a cup of coffee and a cigarette on his... More

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Q and A

Exit Interview: Ed O’Keefe

Pop! goes the disruptor

After 12 years at ABC News, working his way up from a desk assistant to executive producer of ABC... More

Ideas & Reviews

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Critical Eye

A parting shot

Michael Hastings’ posthumous novel skewers the media elite

The Last Magazine By Michael Hastings Blue Rider Press 352 pages Hardcover, $26.95 Michael Hastings first burst onto the national... More

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Critical Eye

Received wisdom

How think tanks became the malls of America’s intellectual life

Think Tanks in America By Thomas Medvetz University of Chicago Press 344 pages Hardcover, $32.50 The Public Broadcasting Service's round-the-clock... More

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Critical Eye

Brief encounters

Short reviews of Saving Community Journalism: The Path to Profitability and Foreign Correspondent: A Memoir

Saving Community Journalism: The Path to Profitability By Penelope Muse Abernathy The University of North Carolina Press 254 pages; $27.50... More

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Critical Eye

Glenn Greenwald against the world

Snowden is deified, the media are demonized, but in between is an important story of journalism in the 21st century

In December 2012, Edward Snowden, a former hacker for the National Security Agency and the CIA, emailed journalist Glenn... 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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