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January/February 2013

Articles

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Cover Story

‘Survival of the wrongest’

How personal-health journalism ignores the fundamental pitfalls baked into all scientific research and serves up a daily diet of unreliable information

In late 2011, in a nearly 6,000-word article in The New York Times Magazine, health writer Tara Parker-Pope laid... More

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Cover Story

Chemical reaction

HuffPost’s Cara Santa Maria wants to ‘Talk Nerdy’ to you

The tattoo on Cara Santa Maria’s inner right forearm isn’t exactly the kind of ink drunken sailors get. “Yeah,... More

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Cover Story

Another round of Cosmos

An American popular scientist in the Carl Sagan tradition, Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why he tweets, and why the US needs to rediscover its space mojo

When it comes to making science popular and accessible, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson does it all. He’s the director... More

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Cover Story

My space

Internet visionary Esther Dyson is ready for liftoff

Esther Dyson always figured she would ride a rocket one day. As the daughter of renowned physicist Freeman Dyson,... More

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Feature

Snow job?

In the 2012 election, Denver broadcasters accepted an avalanche of political ads and the attendant windfall of revenue. Where did that money go, and what happens next time?

Side by side, the two cartoon figures stride across the screen, their stick arms wrapped around massive boxes of gifts.... More

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Feature

Fundamental objections

Reporters in Pakistan’s lawless tribal areas are under threat, underpaid, and overwhelmed

Thirty seconds into a phone conversation, Hamid’s voice shifted from polite to brusque. “No, I cannot look into this,”... More

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Feature

Power vacuum

Working in Sierra Leone is a constant search for current and currency

  About two years ago, I took a position as a freelance correspondent for Reuters in the West African nation... More

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Feature

Where truth is a hard cell

Although seen as modern and West-leaning, Turkey leads the world in jailing journalists

Award-winning investigative reporter Ahmet Sik is no stranger to danger. In 1998, he was hospitalized after a pro-police mob,... More

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Feature

Staying alive

That’s the challenge for reporters covering the ultraviolent drug cartels in Mexico — but at least now they’re getting tips from their Colombian colleagues

The 20 Mexican journalists had flown to the border of Guatemala to discuss how to report on drug activities... More

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Feature

Through the looking glass

When a South Korean reporter headed north across the DMZ, she entered a parallel universe that was, and remains, curiouser and curiouser

On the eve of August 12, 2001, I received a phone call in the middle of the night. It... More

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Feature

Elements of Gangnam style

Reporting tips from Kim Jong-il

In 2001, Kim Jong-il began wooing the foreign media. But The Dear Leader had long since been pursuing his... More

Departments

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Opening Shot

Opening Shot

Superstorm Sandy’s aftermath on journalism

A fter Superstorm Sandy swamped the nation’s media capital in October, some shops, such as the Daily News and American... More

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Editorial

Obamacare: round two

A chance for journalistic redemption

The Affordable Care Act, a.k.a Obamacare, is the law of the land, and the re-election of the president ensures... More

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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Readers respond to our November / December issue

Good publicity Re: “Rules of the Game: The sometimes nauseating, often fun, and always absurd life of a movie publicist”... More

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Currents

How I got that story

Explosive situation

In 2005, Jerry Redfern and Karen Coates were in Laos reporting a story on the Plain of Jars region... More

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Language Corner

Language Corner

Like you were

Using “like” as a conjunction can earn you dirty looks from some quarters. The example most often cited by anti-conjunctionists... More

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Currents

Hard Numbers

Weird science

95 weekly science sections in newspapers in 1989 34 weekly science sections in newspapers in 2005 19 weekly science sections... More

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Currents

Strange but true

Tales from the sports beat

C. W. Nevius, San Francisco Chronicle In 1990, the San Francisco 49ers had a big Monday Night Football game, and... More

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Currents

Sree tips

Social-media etiquette for journalists

Q: What is the advantage of Facebook’s Subscribe function for journalists? A: Facebook’s Subscribe function allows you to share your... More

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The Lower Case

The Lower Case

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

- CBSNews.com, 11/9/12 - Newspaper Research Journal, Summer 2012 - KHOU.com, 9/2/12 - The New York Times, 11/22/12 -... More

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Darts and Laurels

Darts & Laurels 2012

2012’s media highlights and lowlights

DART for inflaming an already tense situation: Business Insider, The Daily Caller, Michelle Malkin, NBC News Following Trayvon Martin’s death... More

Ideas & Reviews

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On the Job

You’ve got shale!

Brian Cohen and the Marcellus Shale Documentary Project

The story of Janet McIntyre, the woman in the photo above, embodies many of the reasons why Brian Cohen... More

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Second Read

A beautiful mind

In Is There No Place on Earth for Me?, Susan Sheehan told the complete story of one woman’s struggles with schizophrenia

There were times when the lobby of The Village Voice seemed to be a magnet for crazy people. When... More

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Critical Eye

Motor City madman

Charlie LeDuff dissects his Detroit hometown

In recent years, a journalistic cottage industry has emerged around the collapse of once-vibrant Detroit, the implosion of the... More

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Critical Eye

Fait inaccompli

Why the world failed to rebuild Haiti after the earthquake

On March 31, 2010, almost three months after an earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince, the capital city of the poorest nation... More

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Critical Eye

Unfinished business

A new biography of photojournalist Tim Hetherington reflects on a too-short career

In recent years, as the American public has grown exhausted by news of war, it has become ever more... More

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Critical Eye

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of A Journalist’s Diplomatic Mission and The Noir Forties

A Journalist's Diplomatic Mission: Ray Stannard Baker's World War I Diary | Edited with an introduction by John Maxwell Hamilton... More

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Q and A

Huey, Luce, and the news

John Huey takes a Time Inc. out

At year-end, Time Inc. editor in chief John Huey quietly announced plans to head to a fellowship at Harvard... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

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

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