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The Magazine

January/February 2010



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news

The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”


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

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