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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

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

Bloggingheads

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

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