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The Magazine

July/August 2008

Articles

Q and A

He Likes Ike?

Robert Scheer looks left, right, and center

In many ways, Robert Scheer’s career encapsulates the long march of progressive journalism in postwar America. After an early stint... More

Feature

The Hunger

Egypt’s bloggers want to be journalists

Sandmonkey was determined to quit his blog. Sniping away at life and politics in Egypt had become too risky, he... More

Essay

Politics With Drawl

Our double standard for the southern twang

On the March 4, 2007, commemoration of Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama, an animated Hillary Clinton spoke from the pulpit... More

Essay

Flickring Out

What will become of photojournalism in an age of bytes and amateurs?

Clichés are sometimes true. Here’s one—photographers don’t like to give speeches. At a recent event, photographer Antonin Kratochvil screened slideshows... More

Essay

The Lives of Others

What does it mean to “tell someone’s story”?

On March 22, America’s Most Wanted told my story. I wasn’t the fugitive, or the victim, and it shouldn’t have... More

Cover Story

Sulzberger at the Barricades

Arthur Sulzberger Jr. is racing to transform the embattled New York Times for the digital age. Is he up to the job?

Corporate annual meetings are generally drowsy affairs—a pep talk by management, some PowerPoint graphics, a little predetermined voting, all topped... More

Feature

Climate Change: Now What?

A big beat grows more challenging and complex

Media coverage of climate change is at a crossroads, as it moves beyond the science of global warming into the... More

Feature

Endangered Species

The big-city sports columnist: devoured by TV, negated by the Net

“All I ever wanted to be was a newspaper writer.” Those were the self-eulogizing words of Tony Kornheiser upon accepting... More

Feature

Crossing Lines

In a bombed-out Detroit neighborhood, a new blog works to rekindle a community

A few miles east of Detroit’s gleaming new ballpark and glittering new casino hotels, a few miles west of the... More

Departments

Darts and Laurels

Darts & Laurels

A Dart to the television news industry

Dart to the television news industry, for a shameful nonresponse to serious questions about their vetting of analysts hired to... More

Editorial

Dissent Deficit

An American ideal needs a workout

To suggest that the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, were in any way blowback from U.S. actions (and inactions)... More

Short Takes

Katrina Washout

How will the presidential candidates continue recovery efforts? Let’s ask them.

In late August, as the Democrats convene in Denver to choose their presidential nominee, residents of the Gulf Coast will... More

Short Takes

Second Life

A storied German-language newspaper remakes itself as a magazine

Even in this era of editorial reinvention, few media outlets have remade themselves as completely as the legendary German-language newspaper... More

Ideas & Reviews

Review

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books about the run-up to World War II and the media’s coverage of John McCain

Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, The End of Civilization By Nicholson Baker Simon & Schuster 576 pages,... More

The Research Report

Too Good to Be True?

New research about what viewers want from television news

The decade-long collaboration between the Project for Excellence in Journalism and several academics led by Wellesley College political scientist Marion... More

Review

Interpret the World

Vincent Sheean’s Personal History reminds us what foreign coverage once was…and what it might be again

On a dreary day in October 1922, a young man from Pana, a small town in southern Illinois, walked into... More

Review

My Facts, Your Facts

America and the pursuit of willful delusion

Reader comments posted on digital news sites are often heavy on invective, hurled from noms d’Internet that allow people to... More

Review

Pyrrhic Victory

Winning and losing at Guantánamo

Just a few months ago, in April of this year, the Guantánamo Bay detainee Salim Hamdan appeared before the Navy... 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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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.