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January/February 2015


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Cover Story

21st-century censorship

Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media

Two beliefs safely inhabit the canon of contemporary thinking about journalism. The first is that the internet is the... More

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Jesse Brown punctures Canada’s media bubble

The independent journalist uses his website and podcast to break stories that might otherwise go unpublished

In early 2014, news circulated online that two high-profile personalities of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation had been making paid... More

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Why the media don’t get Detroit—and why it matters

Coverage of declining cities is too often simplistic and lacking historical context

In Detroit, the American Dream has become an American Paradox: Corporate-backed revitalization downtown belies the continued deterioration of sprawling... More

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On the Job

Leaving Kolkata

Photographer Ashok Sinha captures the tiny and disappearing Jewish community in his hometown

With the exception of Friday Sabbath, Kolkata's Magen David Synagogue is almost always closed. When the doors do open,... More


Jill Abramson on putting the public interest first

Defying the White House, from the Pentagon Papers to Snowden

One of the most memorable conversations I had at The New York Times was with Punch Sulzberger. I came... More

Behind the News

The New Republic: A public trust or a business?

How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

On Thursday, December 4, Frank Foer resigned as editor of The New Republic, having learned from a gossip site... More

Behind the News

Mathias Döpfner, digital counterrevolutionary

Axel Springer chief predicts US will eventually join Europe in the fight against the dominance of Google, Facebook, and other tech titans

The digital counterrevolution is underway in Europe, where national governments and bureaucrats in Brussels are enacting measures to curtail the... More


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PR agencies can pay for journalist ‘dossiers’

Some obscure profiles from NewsBios get factchecked

For as little as $200, NewsBios provides "reputation insurance" to PR agencies and corporations preparing for interviews. It compiles dossiers... More


Know your audience

How YouGov looks at readership

It's not just journalists whose quirks and interests are being monitored: Profiles of their audiences are now accessible to anyone... More

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Fox News’ open-door policy

The cable giant lets some of its contributors leave and return for the sake of politics

Cable-news channels often provide soft landings for former or wanna-be elected officials, typically featuring them as political analysts. But just... More

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Why is ‘burgeoning’ used in so many news articles?

It’s a word rarely said aloud

Would you tell a friend something like, "I'd really like to get into the burgeoning pot business"? Probably not, we'd... More


The New York Times’ changing racial labels

Using the paper’s Chronicle tool, a linguistics student examines how various words were used in history

Nicholas Subtirelu, a PhD student in linguistics at Georgia State University, was thinking about his own generation's rejection of once-acceptable... More

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The hacks we love to hate

Hollywood’s sleazy journalists draw big crowds

Once, Hollywood painted journalists as heroes in films such as Citizen Kane and Deadline, USA. Then, with Network, Hero, and... More


Understanding ‘the right to be forgotten’

Here’s a look at what Google did and didn’t remove

In May 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that individuals have a right to request that... More

Q and A

Boosting Bloomberg’s ‘shares’

Joe Weisenthal on what he learned at Business Insider, his love for charts, and his new job

In October, Bloomberg hired Business Insider's Joe Weisenthal amid a wave of high-profile additions to its newsroom. At Business... More

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Readers weigh in on the November/December issue

Beware the wolf? I believe that Michael Meyer's story ("Should journalism worry about content marketing?" November/December) is an accurate survey... More

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Confronting a digital tug-of-war

How to think about censorship in the digital age; what to do about the plight of inexperienced freelancers at the front

It is by now a storyline stitched into history, thanks to the popular press. In January 2011, tens of... More

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If it’s weed, it leads

High times for cable news

Cable news is doing drugs. On November 30, MSNBC began airing a six-part documentary series on the fledgling weed... More

Opening Shot

Why podcasts make sense

Serial’s popularity brings mass attention to the medium

Two-thousand fourteen was a very good year for the podcast. It saw the creation of five podcast networks; an... More

Ideas & Reviews

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Second Read

Dreaming of Michael Lewis

The New New Thing could have aged poorly, but it endures as an example of the author at his understated best

A few weeks ago, a friend and fellow journalist gave me a talking to over the phone. I was... More

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Why it pays to work the fringes

Photojournalist Lynsey Addario’s intimate account of “life and love in war”

A few months ago, trolling through The New York Times website, I came across a slideshow on Syrian child... More


How postmodernism destroyed journalism

A review of Scott Timberg’s new book, Culture Crash

We are deep in the journalistic trenches, mourning the shrinking and shuttering of newspapers and magazines, bemoaning declining salaries and... More


A prominent gathering in Georgetown

Gregg Herken’s new book suggests journalists got cozy with influential individuals during the Cold War

In The Georgetown Set Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington (Alfred A. Knopf, $30), Gregg Herken, a historian of... More

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news

The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”


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

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