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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

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 White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

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.”

Bloggingheads

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

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