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The Magazine

January/February 2011

Articles

Feature

One Man’s Rwanda

Philip Gourevitch softens some hard truths

There had been ethnic massacres in Rwanda before, but nothing on the scale of the genocide that began in... More

Feature

Welcome to Tribune Company

Key advice for the next chief executive

Dear Sir or Madam: Your most important responsibility before you settle in as CEO is to make certain everyone knows... More

Feature

Live From Chicago, It’s the Tribune Company!

Putting its talent on stage to reconnect with a local audience

On a sunny afternoon in October, Tom Skilling, the popular meteorologist on Tribune Company’s WGN-TV, was in a stairwell of... More

Reports

Spain’s Not-So-Free Press

Long-promised freedom-of-information legislation stalls

Ask Spaniards if they have a free press and most will answer yes. After all, since Francisco Franco died in... More

Reports

New Media Tips from Jacob Riis

A nineteenth-century journalist for a twenty-first-century world

In 1878, Jacob Riis, a police reporter for the New York Tribune, stepped out of his office and into the... More

Reports

The Pornography Trap

How not to write about rape

In the Spring of 2009, a reporter for the Associated Press published a news feature about rape in the Democratic... More

Cover Story

Crossfire in Kandahar

Afghanistan’s new journalists navigate an ambiguous war

One hot night in September, less than a week after Afghanistan’s parliamentary election, soldiers from NATO’s International Security Assistance Force... More

Departments

Editorial

Beyond the Facts

A partisan era requires a vigorous press

The voters have seated a new House of Representatives with an agenda dramatically at odds with that of the president,... More

Darts and Laurels

Darts and Laurels

Laurels to a Texas Monthly reporter and an intrepid attorney who worked to free an innocent man

When Anthony Graves was arrested for capital murder, he thought it was a practical joke. A surveillance camera in the... More

Language Corner

Whoa, Nelly!

On “reigning in” misspellings and misusage

"New Auditor Will Take Reigns in 2011" was the headline. Another article about money said that the "government refuses to... More

Currents

Hard Numbers

Some stats and figures on the news industry

100 journalists and analysts to be hired by Bloomberg Government, a D.C.-based subscription service launching in early 2011 $2,495 gets... More

Currents

Blog to Print

A Los Angeles blog launches a weekly print tabloid

Everything seems to be dead nowadays, depending on whom you ask. Print is dead. Blogging is dead. The Web is... More

Currents

Long-Form Saviors

New technology to encourage the reading of long articles, online and off

Reading long articles online invites a thicket of distraction—ads, teasers for slideshows, videos, links hawking penny stocks and personal injury... More

Currents

Border Tales

A Q & A with Alfredo Corchado, Mexico correspondent, about reporting on drug cartels

As drug cartel and gang violence escalates, Mexico is becoming one of the most dangerous places in the world to... More

Editorial

Editor’s Note

Some announcements about CJR as we begin our fiftieth year

This month we begin our fiftieth year. The Columbia Journalism Review made its first appearance back in the fall of... More

Letters to the Editor

Notes From Our Online Readers

Readers weigh in with comments on CJR articles on Fox News, MSNBC, and CBS

In our November/December editorial, we offered some ideas on how to rebuild the democratic conversation to coax readers out of... More

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to last month’s cover story, “A Media Policy for the Digital Age,” and features on In Demand and photo slideshows

‘A National Information Utility’ Re: “A Media Policy for the Digital Age” by Steve Coll (CJR, November/December). Driving around Middle... More

Opening Shot

Opening Shot

Notes on 2010, the year of WikiLeaks

It began in April with the release of a video showing Apache helicopter pilots killing civilians, including two Reuters employees,... More

Ideas & Reviews

The Research Report

Any Questions?

Sociolinguists study the changes in presidential press conferences over five decades

Sociolinguists are sociologists who study how people talk to one another. They are typically interested in naturally occurring speech, but... More

Review

Bad Medicine

Seth Mnookin’s new book asks, are vaccine fears endangering our health?

The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear | By Seth Mnookin | Simon & Schuster |... More

Second Read

Her Great Depression

Re-reading Betty MacDonald’s Anybody Can Do Anything, on the Northwest’s bust years

From the time I was nine or ten, I carried a spiral-bound Mead notebook with me at all times. I... More

The Lower Case

Solar system plagued again by thieves

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

Terrorist Is Returned To Prison In Gun Case -The New York Times 10/29/10 Ex-Trader Gets 3 Years In France -The... More

Review

Anger Management

A review of Mad as Hell: The Crisis of the 1970s and the Rise of the Populist Right by Dominic Sandbrook

Mad as Hell: The Crisis of the 1970s and the Rise of the Populist Right | By Dominic Sandbrook |... More

Review

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books on Garry Wills and the decline of The New York Times

Outside Looking In: Adventures of an Observer | By Garry Wills | Viking | 195 pages, $25.95 This is a... More

Review

Golden Years?

Susan Jacoby takes on the old-age deniers in Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age

Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age | By Susan Jacoby | Pantheon Books |... 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


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

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!

Bloggingheads

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

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Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.