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The Magazine

July/August 2007

Articles

Feature

Brian Tierney’s Grand Experiment

Fitting Philly pigs for wings

Pigs weren’t flying around The Philadelphia Inquirer’s historic white deco tower on North Broad Street—not yet anyway. But this was... More

Feature

Burning the Virtual Shoe Leather

Does journalism in a computer world matter?

I was a novice. She—if she really were a she—was an expert. In a computer-generated world called Second Life, the... More

Feature

The Halberstam You Didn’t Know

A master of the Big Book, sure, but of friendship, too

For years, he would call at any time of the day or night. In the last few months, however, after... More

Cover Story

Prisoner 345

What happened to Al Jazeera’s Sami al-Haj

On December 15, 2001, early in the morning on the last day of Ramadan, a reporter and a cameraman from... More

Feature

Bending to Power

How Rupert Murdoch built his empire, and how he uses it

“There might be other buyers more palatable to them. But who’s to say Rupert Murdoch is all that bad?” Brian... More

Feature

Damage Report

Most of the two hundred journalists who left The Dallas Morning News landed on their feet. Those who stayed are not so sure.

Linda Stewart Ball left The Dallas Morning News in 2006, and she couldn’t be professionally happier. “I’m extremely satisfied,” says... More

Feature

Al-Alam’s Game

Iran bets it can woo Arab hearts with its own gloss on the news

After confessing to the world on camera that she and her British crew had trespassed into Iranian waters this past... More

Departments

Short Takes

Southern Strategy

The media lobby, free trade, and Central America

Media companies dish out millions each year to protect copyright law, maintain ownership rights, and expand broadband lines in the... More

Short Takes

Defining Muqtada

Militant, radical, firebrand: how do you brand al-Sadr?

When the Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr reemerged from seclusion in the spring to give a sermon denouncing the U.S.... More

Short Takes

Hyphen Heaven

Time magazine’s nine-decade celebration of the Homeric epithet

Time magazine has unlocked its archives on its revamped Web site, and I’m giddy with excitement. Now, free of charge,... More

The Research Report

The Good-Citizen Quiz

What Americans know

At least three misjudgments are common around American Independence Day: thinking one’s feet are faster than the fuse on a... More

Darts and Laurels

Darts & Laurels

Send tips and comments to dartsandlaurels@cjr.org

Laurel to the countless gatherers, makers, and consumers of news who over the years have brought to this column, along... More

On the Contrary

Memorial Day Mush

It’s time for the networks to get real about the war

As is their custom, the national TV news programs spent the Memorial Day weekend offering tributes to U.S. soldiers and... More

Editorial

Missed Story in Iraq

When diplomats are in danger

Every March since the war in Iraq began, the Foreign Service Journal—the house organ of the American Foreign Service Association,... More

Editorial

It’s His Nature

Rupert Murdoch and Dow Jones

A familiar fable tells of a scorpion that asks a frog to carry him across a river. The frog is... More

Ideas & Reviews

Q and A

Room to Roam

Rebecca Solnit’s peripatetic education

Just what kind of a writer is Rebecca Solnit? It’s not an easy question to answer, given the effortless way... More

Review

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books about political power and the press, the changing role of the editorial, selling anxiety to women, and bearing witness to a changing century

When the Press Fails: Political Power and the News Media from Iraq to Katrina By W. Lance Bennett, Regina G.... More

Second Read

Bohemian Rhapsodies

Mary Heaton Vorse’s labor reportage

In April 1952, Harper’s Magazine published “The Pirates’ Nest of New York,” a report on the aftermath of a wildcat... More

Review

Norman Pearlstine, Company Man

An editor revisits his role in Plamegate

Norman Pearlstine was not a happy camper. It was spring 2005, and for almost a year the editor-in-chief of Time... More

Review

Fountains, Faucets, and Leaks

Novak on the care and feeding of primary sources

The best story that Bob Novak broke during Watergate was about the eighteen-and-a-half-minute gap on a tape, and he got... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

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

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

Bloggingheads

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

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