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The Magazine

January/February 2010

Articles

Feature

A Passion for Print

Why newspapers are thriving in Kenya

Not long ago, I was party to a minor squabble between two guards who work at the apartment complex where... More

Feature

Everyone Eats …

But that doesn’t make you a restaurant critic

When I arrived in New York City fresh out of graduate school in 1977, the city’s food scene couldn’t have... More

Feature

Less Is Not More

Why do newspapers alienate their most loyal readers?

When my son’s first college roommate turned out to be from Chicago, I was delighted. His family had long subscribed... More

Feature

Moscow’s New Rules

Islands of press freedom in a country of control

Late last summer, Ilya Barabanov, a young Russian editor, posted a laconic message on his Web site under the heading,... More

Feature

A Thousand Cuts

As long as the monopoly money rolled in, who noticed?

Spencer Ackerman, who reports on national security issues for The Washington Independent and blogs about the same—and does both at... More

Feature

Time the Conquerer

Three newspapers in thirty-nine minutes. Uh, oh.

I sat through plenty of official focus groups in my years as a Washington Post assistant managing editor, watching people... More

Feature

Lou and Me

‘We work at a newspaper, a real newspaper’

Late into another sleepless Chicago night, I drag a blue-blooded widow and a balding curmudgeon under the covers with me,... More

Feature

Banned in Britain

Across the pond, new perils—and possibilities—for press freedom

The documents are ugly and embarrassing. In e-mails riddled with terms like “gasoline slops” and “caustic washing,” officials with Trafigura,... More

Feature

Seeds of Change?

Why we need independent data on genetically modified crops

Some time early this year a group called the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications will issue a... More

Feature

Picture This

Notes from a life behind the lens

John Costello began work as a photojournalist at fifteen, bicycling to his first assignment at the McKean County Miner in... More

Cover Story

Hot Air

Why don’t TV weathermen believe in climate change?

The small makeup room off the main floor of KUSI's studios, in a suburban canyon on the north end of... More

Departments

Darts and Laurels

Darts and Laurels

New profit demands raise questions about a commitment to quality

In September, soon after the Times Publishing Company sold the venerable Congressional Quarterly to The Economist Group, the new owners... More

Short Takes

Weeklies On the Rise

The center of gravity shifts in the world of business journalism

In the offices of the weekly Denver Business Journal there is a bulletin board known as “The Daily Beating.” On... More

Editorial

More Than a Job

The emotional toll of journalism’s ‘transition’

The American Newsroom photograph in our January/February 2009 issue is of a Pittsburgh Post-Gazettereporter seated at a desk that groans... More

Ideas & Reviews

Second Read

The Hack

The journalistic education of Gabriel García Márquez

In 1955, eight crew members of a Colombian naval destroyer in the Caribbean were swept overboard by a giant wave.... More

Review

A Distant Echo

What Father Coughlin tells us about Glenn Beck

Throughout the initial year of President Obama’s term, there has been much consternation over the administration’s “war” with the conservative... More

Review

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books about familial discoveries and coverage of Hillary Clinton

Enemies of the People: My Family’s Journey to America By Kati Marton Simon & Schuster 272 pages, $26 For Kati... More

Review

Friend or Faux

The sublime fakery of Armando Iannucci

"Blimey,” tweeted Armando Iannucci on November 20. “Cameron says Thick is his favourite prog, and Health Sec quotes Malcolm in... More

The Research Report

Beyond Transparency

Is more information always a good thing?

A picture is worth a thousand words—but to whom? To the people who see it? Or to those who present... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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