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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

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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Study Guides

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