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The Magazine

January/Feburary 2008

Articles

Q and A

Keeping Poverty on the Page

Covering an old problem in new ways

Poverty should be in reporters’ crosshairs this coming year, as it will be a central issue in the presidential campaign,... More

Essay

What Would You Do?

The journalism that tweaks reality, then reports what happens

On a Friday morning last January, a group of Washington, D.C., commuters played an unwitting role in an experiment. As... More

On the Job

Blogonomics

Bloggers of the world, unite!

As a journalist and especially as a blogger, I sure picked a hell of a time to move to Los... More

Cover Story

Secrets of the City

What The Wire reveals about urban journalism

Baltimore via Wide Angle High up on a pole, under a police decal spelling out CITIWATCH and a flashing... More

Feature

Transcript: “The Language of Strangers”

A town comes together to discuss the role of a community newspaper

Author’s note: The tape recording of the newspaper meeting began shortly after the meeting started so, regrettably, this document does... More

Feature

The Language of Strangers

How a hotshot editor with big ideas failed to comprehend the soul of community journalism

Not long ago, a large sign appeared in a pasture by a road not far from where I’m writing this.... More

Essay

Checkbook Journalism Revisited

Sometimes we owe our sources everything

In November 1970, Esquire published one of the most memorable covers in its history. Illustrating “The Confessions of Lt. Calley,”... More

Feature

The Redemption of Chris Rose

Like his city and his newspaper, a survivor

On a breezy Sunday morning in October 2006, residents of New Orleans—displaced, exhausted, wondering if they would live to see... More

Departments

Short Takes

Games in Palestine

Can a video game replicate reporting in a war-torn country?

I had just arrived in the Middle East, and my editor was describing my first assignment for the wire service:... More

Short Takes

Military Embeds: The World Tour

A military’s handling of the media says a lot about its nation

In February 2006, I was detained by the U.S. Army and ejected from Iraq. My crime? Reporting on the weapons... More

Darts and Laurels

Laurel to the editorial staff of Stars and Stripes

Send tips and suggestions to dartsandlaurels@cjr.org

Laurel to the editorial staff of Stars and Stripes for uncovering a murky financial relationship between its paper and the... More

Editorial

Supply and Demand

Journalism must invest in educated consumers

The news in recent years about civic education and engagement in American society has been dismal, and particularly so when... More

Language Corner

Says Who?

“According to” is a basic, uncomplicated phrase of attribution. But mischievous spirits hover.

Immediately to the immediate point: "According to" is a basic, uncomplicated phrase of attribution. As the revered Professor John B.... More

Ideas & Reviews

Review

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books: Woodward and Bernstein, the U.S. record on torture, and media populism

Woodward and Bernstein: Life in the Shadow of Watergate By Alicia C. Shepard John Wiley & Sons 288 pages, $24.95... More

Review

May I Speak Freely?

Anthony Lewis on the First Amendment’s march to victory

It is our misfortune that Anthony Lewis stopped writing his column for The New York Times in 2001. For more... More

Review

Appetite for Fear

David Everitt’s history of the pamphleteers who hunted ‘pinkos’

Sixty years after the house un-American Activities Committee began hunting for Communists in the entertainment industry, the HUAC hearings that... More

The Research Report

Leaps and Bounds

Paranoia: as American as your (possibly poisoned) apple pie

Perhaps not since colonial Salem have fears of conspiracy been so pervasive. And though old women are no longer persecuted... More

Second Read

Uncomfortable Truth

P. Sainath reminds us that India is still a poor country

One evening, a couple of summers ago, The Times of India organized a free classical music concert at an amphitheater... More

Review

Big Fish and Small Fry

In his new book, Robert McChesney overstates the threat to democracy posed by corporate media

Your average scoop-minded journalist would rather see his expenses cut by 90 percent, or face a plagiarism charge spotlighted by... 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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Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.