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The Magazine

January/Feburary 2007

Articles

Feature

The Shame Game

“To Catch a Predator” is propping up NBC’s Dateline, but at what cost?

It was just before 3 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon last November when a contingent of police gathered outside the... More

Essay

Ode to the Author’s Query

They fueled her childhood dreams; now they’re vanishing.

It was tiny, the slightest piece of prose ever published under my name. If you were nearsighted or preoccupied, you... More

Feature

Vanity Fire

Graydon Carter’s political outrage has fueled a resurgence in Vanity Fair’s serious journalism. But how far can he push the signature high-low mix of this Conde Nast cash cow?

David Hirschman’s question for a 2004 Media Bistro article was the same one reporters had been asking Graydon Carter for... More

Feature

The New Arab Conversation

Young bloggers in the Middle East are talking to the ‘enemy,’ and possibly sowing the seeds of reform.

Bombs don’t discriminate between combatants and children. This sad fact became an inconvenient one last summer for Israel, which had... More

Feature

Beyond the News

Journalists worry that the Web threatens the way they distribute their product. They are slower to see how it threatens the product itself.

Call it the morning letdown. Your muffin may be fresh, but the newspaper beside it is decidedly stale. “Chavez bashes... More

Departments

The Research Report

The Limits of Live

The Research Report

Two recent studies, one American and one British, indict TV news for its growing emphasis on live, unscripted reporting. Fast-breaking,... More

Darts and Laurels

Darts & Laurels

Send tips and comments to dartsandlaurels@cjr.org

Dart to the Eugene, Oregon, Register-Guard, for thumbing its nose at the news. Knocking down still further the ad-edit wall... More

On the Job

Digg This

A top ‘Digger’ worries about his power to drive traffic.

As a young journalist, I begin my day by perusing stories written by top reporters at the major newspapers, as... More

On the Job

The Tales We Tell

A young reporter winces when his big story lands on the Dr. Phil show.

I first began to notice the wisp of a girl with long black hair as I drove home from work... More

Essay

Ode to the Author’s Query

They fueled her childhood dreams; now they’re vanishing.

It was tiny, the slightest piece of prose ever published under my name. If you were nearsighted or preoccupied, you... More

Essay

The Communist Way

Vietnam: the subtleties of censorship

I was accustomed to being censored as an editor, but not as a writer. It pained me that Lam was... More

Editorial

Time To Go: Why Tribune is like Rumsfeld

The Tribune Company’s Donald Rumsfeld moment.

In the military you shut up and follow orders; otherwise, things fall apart. Still, there can come a point when... More

Ideas & Reviews

Second Read

Benevolent Dreamer

Ben Yagoda on St. Clair McKelway, who wrote with lucidity about his own mental illness.

Last summer James Wolcott reviewed The Complete New Yorker on DVD for The New Criterion. He concluded with a list... More

Review

Owning Up: A New Book Stops Short of Deepening the Discourse on Media Concentration

Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America’s Media by Eric Klinenberg

American democracy is lost unless citizen Davids do battle against the corporate media Goliaths. We have heard this rallying cry... More

Essay

Official Secrets

On treason, secrets, and the press, from Suez to the war on terror.

When, in mid-2006, a Wall Street Journal editorial suggested that The New York Times’s disclosures about warrant-free National Security Agency... More

Review

Under the Skin: A History of the Vaccine Debate Goes Deep but Misses the Drama

Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine’s Greatest Lifesaver by Arthur Allen.

At this point, it’s safe to say, most people in the United States have not been on the receiving end... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

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

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