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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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Bloggingheads

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

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