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The Magazine

September/October 2014

Articles

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Cover Story

Do you know Elise Andrew?

The creator of the Facebook page “I f*cking love science” is journalism’s first self-made brand

In retrospect, I could easily have ignored the picture that appeared on my Facebook feed on a lazy Sunday... More

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On the Job

Gun Crisis Reporting Project uncovers despair

The Philadelphia-based nonprofit provides a behind-the-scenes look at gun-assisted crime

It’s just before midnight on a warm summer monday when photographer Joe “Kaz” Kaczmarek gets word of a double... More

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Full-Court Press

What science can tell sportswriters about why we love sports

There’s something special about a winning team

This summer was tumultuous for the mood of nations, as you may have read in the sports section. In... More

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Feature

Can news literacy grow up? [Updated]

After a decade, the movement tries to prove its worth

In 2005, as Howard Schneider was developing a plan for Stony Brook University’s new journalism school, he taught a... More

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Feature

Kyiv Post’s unlikely success

An editor from Minnesota and a Pakistani billionaire are riding the story of their lives as Ukraine unravels

If you search for “Ukraine news” on Google UK, you might expect to find the BBC or The Guardian... More

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Feature

Qaddafi couldn’t stop this reporter

Abdullah Aboathba risks his life to be a journalist in Libya

In January, Abdullah Ali Aboathba, a Libyan television journalist in the southwestern desert city of Sabha, heard from his... More

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Feature

Bowe Bergdahl, Pat Tillman, and the media’s problem with simplifying soldiers

Why it’s problematic for the press to define heroes or traitors

For most Americans, the story of Bowe Bergdahl’s release began in the Rose Garden. It was there, amid the... More

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Feature

Can newsrooms boost traffic without spoiling their brand?

The search for a perfect contributor model

hey don’t make bylines like they used to. In July, I read a story on Forbes.com by someone named Rick... More

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The Observatory

Has climate change become a business story?

The cost of brushing science aside

One of the more robust periods of study in the modern history of climate change has taken place this... More

Departments

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Currents

When late-night went political

Could Stephen Colbert bring politics back to talk shows?

Dick Cavett isn’t the first hardnosed reporter who comes to mind when we think of the Watergate scandal. Probably... More

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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Readers sound off on the new-look Washington Post, sports coverage, the trauma of covering Gaza, and more

Brick by Bezos Which Bezos? Commenting on your article about Jeff Bezos taking over The Washington Post (“Brick by brick,”... More

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Currents

Meet the robots that factcheck

Are these companies making it easier to get the details right?

actchecking has been going out of style for years, as magazines and other publications embrace the feckless creed of modern... More

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Currents

How robots consumed journalism

A look back in time reveals machines have long been after news jobs

1770s Swiss watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz builds “The Writer,” a 6,000-part automated doll that could be mechanically programmed to write with... More

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Language Corner

Hyphen use disappearing

Is the web to blame for quick changes to language?

Language evolution is happening right in plain sight. “Off-site” and “on-site” are in the process of becoming “offsite” and... More

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Darts and Laurels

Reporters rummage through Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

Poor judgment used when covering the tragedy in Ukraine, and the rest of our darts and laurels

DART to the ghoulish journalists who rummaged through the scattered belongings of people killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was... More

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Currents

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

Need a lesson in copy editing? Look no further

(The Herald-Times, 6/12/14) (The Daily News, Newburyport, 7/3/14) More

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Currents

Giving female journalists a voice in developing nations

Zubeida Mustafa helps illuminate the lives of women in Pakistan

lobal Voices: Truthdig Women Reporting, a collaboration between Truthdig and the International Women’s Media Foundation, launched in June with a... More

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Currents

Marijuana in the media

Take a look at the plant’s roots in journalism

21 states (including DC) that have legalized or decriminalized marijuana 16  writers at The Cannabist, The Denver Post’s marijuana site... More

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Currents

When quitting goes viral

Thanks to social media, resignations get a global audience

t’s the ultimate fantasy of disgruntled journalists everywhere: quitting with a grand, public gesture that leaves bosses fuming and colleagues... More

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Editorial

Newsrooms struggle with free-content strategy

How to bring the traffic without tarnishing the brand

Most of the media industry’s problems can be boiled down to simple math—or is it physics? Whichever it is,... More

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Opening Shot

Concussion controversy

Media coverage of the consequences in high-impact sports highlights problems athletes face

In 2014, the efforts to make organized sports safer and more just had a run of significant victories. In... More

Ideas & Reviews

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Review

How to build an audience

We know what readers are doing on our sites. What we need to know is why.

The Marketplace of Attention: How Audiences Take Shape in a Digital Age By James G. Webster The MIT Press 280... More

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Second Read

The Tea Party is timeless

Richard Hofstadter’s Anti-Intellectualism In American Life reviewed

Anti-Intellectualism in American Life doesn’t seem like a catchy title, but, more than 50 years on, it has demonstrated... More

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Q and A

Carol J. Loomis reflects on 60 years at Fortune

“It’s pretty amazing I’ve worked this long!”

Carol J. Loomis retired in July after 60 years at Fortune, where she became, indisputably, a giant of business... More

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Review

Lincoln teams up with journalists

Quick reviews of Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion and The New Censorship: Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom

Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion By Harold Holzer Simon & Schuster 768 pages;... More

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Review

Uncle Sam wants (to kill) you

A political screed misses the true threat to war correspondents

War Reporters Under Threat: The United States and Media Freedom by Chris Paterson Pluto Press 216 pages; $29 traveled to... More

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Review

Matt Bai seeks a larger truth

A new book examines how Gary Hart’s fall turned political reporters into character cops

All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid By Matt Bai Alfred A. Knopf 288 pages Hardcover; $26.95... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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